- Mar 26, 2005
GW's never going to be Al, but he's also never going to be a max player.Earlier in the playoffs, it seemed like Grant could guard almost anyone on the floor. Lately, it has seemed like all he can do is “the Grant” which is when you put your hands straight up, the defender bounces off you to draw the foul, and they shoot over you to get than and one. Add that to his inability to get open lately and he’s seeming much more limited than he used to be. Calling him “Baby Al” wasn’t really fair because he doesn’t have the length to ever be Al Horford, but his ceiling sure seems lower lately.
GW's guarded almost literally every opponent during the playoff series and has held up against everyone but, who - Butler and Steph? (Leaving off Giannis because no one of the Cs could really guard Giannis one-on-one and GW did better against him than, say, JB did). That's pretty freaking valuable for what the Cs are trying to do.
I'm not all that confident that GW is staying. One thing we've seen in this playoffs is how teams are lacking wing defenders who can shoot. All it takes is one GM to say that he needs more defense to make GW an offer that BOS can't match.