by Micah Hart
One of my favorite pastimes with my friends growing up was “Date, Dump, or Marry”, a silly little game where given three options of people you had to choose which person you’d date, which you’d dump, and which you’d (surprise!) marry. Always made for fun arguments and often times disagreements.
One of my favorite pastimes now as an NBA fan is arguing the relative value of different players, which also makes for lots of arguments and disagreements. So, I thought it’d be fun to try to translate this game over to the League, with what I am going to call “Extend, Trade, or Cut“. The premise is simple – pretend you are an NBA GM, and for your mythical team you have three players, one of which you can sign to an extension, one which you can trade for some hypothetical asset, and one you have to flat-out dismiss.
To get it going, I thought we might start with three point guards who competed against each other for spots on the U.S. National Team this past summer, all of whom are considered among the best young talents in the game at their position. Here’s a little info to help inform your decision:
Rajon Rondo: Has a ring to his credit, and seems to turn his game up a notch in the playoffs. Might be the best defensive player at the position, and doesn’t lack for confidence. Not a terrific shooter though, and attitude has been questioned in the past.
Russell Westbrook: Terrific athlete is also a tenacious defender and rebounder. A bit turnover prone, many would say he is still learning the position after playing off the ball much of the time at UCLA.
Derrick Rose: Made his first All-Star game in just his second season, and has shown in the NBA and at the World Championship there may not be a player alive who can stay in front of him. Perimeter game could still use some work though.
These are your options – all terrific players with tremendous potential, so it won’t be easy. The choice is yours: extend, trade, or cut?