Kemba Walker fell into their lap, and now they’ve got to figure out what to do with DJ Augustin. Paul Silas has already hinted at it, and without getting fined–miracle. The two will play together next year, and play zone defense to offset the mismatch at the 2; reported by Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer — http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/07/15/2455277/silas-augustin-walker-can-be-a.html
Quick Analysis: Historically speaking, this might actually work, depending on who plays the 1 and who plays the 2. They’ll be following Dallas’ lead. Dallas used a Barea/Kidd combo, coupled with a zone D, and we all know how that turned out. Denver did something similar with Raymond Felton and Ty Lawson late last year as well, and actually got BETTER after trading Anthony. And going way back, Allen Iverson–my favorite player of all time–and Eric Snow manned the back court during the Sixers 2001 finals run. Granted, Iverson is arguably the greatest little man to ever play the game, but Snow was a bench player on any other team, so it evens out, and in the end, it worked out.
Long story short, a small back court and a zone D appears to be a viable option for teams–usually small market teams–who are outmatched in size and star power. But the common thread in each of these lineups is the scorer playing the 2, while the facilitator plays the point. Between Augustin and Walker, Walker is the scorer. But all indications suggest that Walker will be bringing the ball up the floor, leaving Augustin at the 2, and looking at Augustin’s shooting statistics, he may as well be DJ Mbenga. Augustin is one of the worst shooters on the team.
Another long story short, Charlotte better resist the urge to let Walker bring the ball up the floor, and stick him at the 2 instead. If they don’t, this experiment will fall flat.