- Aug 15, 2011
I agree with all of this.
That said -
I also find it funny how many are anointing Jesse the starter and being 'more talented' and 'better defensively' and deserving of All The Minutes at Center, based on a small sample size of say 6 games at the end of this last season.
While also completely dismissing Sidibe as being a viable starter and having talent, since he 'only played great for 6 games at the end of the season' the year prior.
I guess that's recency bias in effect.
I don't think there's been a bigger Sidibe fan throughout his career than I have been. I loved him as a recruit, I thought he'd make a bigger impact offensively, given his skills, and I was disappointed that his body failed him.
That said, he wasn't the defensive stopper that many of our centers have been [some of that was based upon his relative lack of experience, due to injuries, as well as him being exploited physically inside by bigger, stronger inside players]. Jesse is just as skinny, but showed a lot more in terms of being an imposing defender when given the opportunity. Admittedly, this is a limited sample size. But given what he showed, I expect him to start.
I would LOVE for Sidibe to bounce back enough to finish his career on a high note. I don't trust his ability to get / stay healthy, so my expectation [which is semi-pessimistic] is that he'll be managed by the coaching staff to not put too much strain on him. That means a bench role, but where he could play 20 per game [and maybe more some games]. But that they'll proactively try to limit the amount of wear and tear on his fragile knees. Which also feeds into the notion that Jesse starts.
I'd be really happy to see Jesse take the next step in his effectiveness, now that he got a bigger dose of intermittent PT this past year, while Sidibe simultaneously shakes the injury bug and gives JB a great "problem" to figure out, with two effective 5's to divvy minutes up between.