In an ever-changing NBA, no positions are seeing their job descriptions change as significantly as point guards and centers.
Perhaps the other three positions are more interchangeable. Teams have realized that they can get away with playing wings at the 2, 3, and 4, but the 1 and 5 spots remain more rigid. Don’t they?
The Toronto Raptors don’t think so. After all, Pascal Siakam spent considerable time at the 5 last season. When he entered the league, he was a 4, if not a 3. His time spent as a center last season indicates the game-changing as much as anything.
Of course, point guard may not be such a rigid position either. Just ask the New Orleans Pelicans. They had C.J. McCollum manning the position for significant chunks of 2021-22. In today’s game, point guards are increasingly relied on to score.
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With that said, it’s hard not to wonder if the Pelicans may be better with a more traditional point guard. On the other hand, the Raptors could probably stand to add a more conventional big man.
Here’s a deal that has each improving the other’s floor balance.