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After last night's loss to the Phoenix Suns, Lionel Hollins complained about the lack of size in the frontcourt due to recent trades.
And Lionel Hollins spoke on his frustrations in the post game:
"One of the issues that I have is that neither Darrell (Arthur) or Ed (Davis) are fives. We don't have another big guy. We weren't able to play big and have two bigger people across the board because we don't have a bigger guy to put in the game."
viaGeoff Calkins/Memphis Commercial Appeal
Before the front office took over and began to trade everyone, Hollins often used Marreese Speights at the center position to spell Marc Gasol. At times he went to Hamed Haddadi. Fast forward to now, both of those players are gone. Now Hollins has Darrell Arthur and Ed Davis as the frontcourt backups. At 6'8", Arthur will likely remain the back up power forward, but Davis could've helped last night.
Since Davis was acquired as the Speights replacement I decided to see how both players performed at the center position this year (via 82games.com, per-48 minutes)
Speights (in Memphis): - 16.5 PER, 20.8 points, 15.7 rebounds, .436 eFG%
Davis (in Toronoto): PER - 18.9 PER, 19.5 points, 13.7 rebounds, .542 eFG%
The play is pretty equal. You can nitpick on how Davis is only 225 pounds compared to Speights' 245-frame, but it comes off as nitpicking to me. And at the rate Haddadi likes to foul, he might not have helped much yesterday except maybe on the boards.
It's obvious that this is a shot at the front office who've put their print on this team by making recent trades. With these two not seeing eye-to-eye, the coaching situation will be something to keep an eye on as the season progresses.