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If you call Reggie Miller an all-time great, you'll probably get a fair amount of disagreement. His game wasn't perfect, but if you were looking for a guy to play between Jrue and Iguodala, you'd be hard pressed to do better than the Knick Killer.

If you missed the comment section yesterday, there was a solid debate about what Evan Turner will, would, could, should, needs and wants to be. My feeling is that it's essential for him to learn to play off the ball, and ideally, he'll be the guy who can run off screens and knock down open jumpers, preferably from distance. The simple fact is, I don't know if he'll ever become that guy. I don't know if he has it in him. It's important to remember, though, that even if he can't turn into that player, he can still be a great NBA player. If he needs the ball in his hands all the time, he may not be a perfect fit for this team, but he's on his rookie contract, he's a skilled player, and they've got plenty of time to figure it out.

All this talk about developing Turner got me thinking, though. I have this idea in my mind of the perfect player to fit between Iguodala and Curry. Essentially, it's the prototypical shooting guard, and unfortunately, he's a dying breed in this league.

Here are the requirements, in order of importance:

  • Deadly jumper with endless range and a quick release
  • Decent handle and first step. The ability to drive by defenders who close out too aggressively.
  • Conditioning. Has to be able to run off screens all night and tire out the guy trying to stick with him.
  • Some defensive ability. Can't be a complete zero.

So here's today's assignment. Scour the rosters around the league and tell me who the perfect fit between Jrue and Iguodala would be. I have a couple of guys in mind, I'll share them later in the comments.

Also, we still have a few spots left open in our fantasy hoops league, if you're interested, let me know in the comments. We're looking to fill it up with regulars, if we can.
by Brian on Sep 30 2010
Tags: Basketball | Evan Turner | Offseason | Shooting Guards | Sixers |