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I can't decide what to make of that guy. At his best, he's very, very good.
He can do a lot of things that a lot of other players can not do. His PER is not bad. It's not hard to make a highlight reel of him. (And this I know: Corey Maggette has better peripheral vision than your Average Joe. But nobody's perfect.)
But is that stuff essential to winning a title? Thus far, you'd have to guess not, as things don't seem to work well for his team when he's playing.
And if ends up in San Antonio -- where he would play a role in a well-established system -- I assume his athleticism and shooting will be put to good use, and he would be a fantastic fourth or fifth best player. I would like to see that.
But if Maggette ends up somewhere like Golden State, where he will be expected to help define the team? Then I am crossing my fingers and hoping that he has been developing a lot as he has been aging. Because he has not been part of a winning system, and he's not about to get more athletic.
Matt Steinmetz of Examiner.com is all over this.
- First off, Maggette is injury prone. He's been in the league nine seasons and has played 70 or more games just four times in his career. Maggette's body says Iron Man; his stats say Tin Man.
- Maggette is a great sub, the kind of aggressive scorer you love coming off the bench. He has a shoot first mentality and is a mediocre defender at best. In other words, as a sixth man he's great, as a starter he's not.
- Maggette has made it clear he wants to start and be a primary offensive option. But he's the type of high-maintenance player who doesn't make teammates better. In fact, because he doesn't create much, there tends to be a lot of standing around when he's got the ball on the perimeter.
- Maggette has never played for a winner. His teams have missed the playoffs in eight of the nine seasons he's been in the league. The one year a Maggette team made the playoffs was in 2006, when the Clippers made it to the postseason. That year Maggette played 32 games.
Corey Maggette at three years, $16 or $17 million or so ... maybe. Corey Maggette at five years for $40 million? No way.
Also worth noting: The team that knows him best is apparently willing to let him go for cap space, while almost no team with big money to spend has made him their main target in free agency.
All that said, I would be very interested to hear from those who have watched him day in and day out in Clipperland. Do you think he's worth big money?