I just read that the Blazers signed Jeff Pendergraph just before his hip surgery. I was surprised that they have signed him and Victor Claver and Dante Cunningham still remain unsigned. I think Cunningham would benefit from playing in the D-League a year, but from his summer league performance, I would think he would be a player the Blazers would want to sign before the season. Claver is another player with international experience, a pretty good skill set and some upside I would think they would want to sign before Pendergraph. I know Pendergraph was more highly touted out of college because he is the prototypical size of a NBA power forward, but his injury kind of draws a red flag. Maybe the Blazers plan on signing Cunningham, and Claver, but couldn't reach an agreement before Pendergraph, but there are only a limited amount of roster spots and I think Cunningham and Claver have more upside.
they signed Pendergraph because of toughness, Cunningham, and Claver are tweeners at power forward and they have been searching for a tough power forward like Pendergraph who can give them tough minutes off the bench.
Yeah, but I think Cunningham can make a successful move to small forward with some work in the D-League. You are right Pendergraph is a big body who could give you 5 and 5 immediately. Its not that I'm down on Pendergraph, its just that I think the other two, especially Cunningham could help them more in the long run as bench players.
yeah but their thinking about now and they need Pendergraph to fill backup power forward. also they as muchmoney as they can get for Re-Signing Aldridge.
According to NBA.com Cunningham signed a multi-year contract with Portland on August 21
I think Cunningham is better because he isnt as mechanical in the post. I watched the Blazers alot in the SL and Pendergraph is a robot in the post, but he does defend OK and rebound decently. But Cunningham can operate from the high post and low post and he's alot stronger than I thought he was and he's a great defender. I wouldve just kept Cunningham and let Pendergraph go, they play the exact same style
I watched Pendergraoph a lot in college and he has good size and plays with immense passion. He is a very intesnse guy on the court. He wont create his own offense, but he shot a very high percentage and finishes very well around the basket when he gets the ball down low.
I know Cunnigham impressed during summer league, but I just don't see him making an impact due to his size. He is a tweener who likes to face guys up and go by them, but he doesn't really have the perimter skills of a sf.
Thanks aspence, For some reason NBA.com still has him listed as an unsigned draft pick.
the problem is right now i dont think Cunningham is better than their three small fowards and i dont think hes a true power forward.