The reason I started to over look Rasheeds anti-Spurs attitude in favor of his play was because he would have filled what I believe is our biggest void: a long defending big. Notice I didn't mention anything about him stretching the floor. I recognize his ability to make long shots but it's not a necessity for our team. A lot of people make are quick to point out that we need to replace Robert Horry but as time goes on we only remember him for "The Robert Horry Game". He wasn't a regular starter and the number one reason for our past championships was Defense, not acquiring a PF/C who could make a three. Having another long big man who can defend along side Timmy is the utmost important priority, or at least it should be.
Next years likely front runners are all equipped with long bodies. Cavs, Lakers, Celtics and Magic each have long front lines and so if we intend on competing with them in a Spurs like fashion, that is shut 'em down, then we need to get long as well. With that in mind it directly puts me out of favor with the popular Antonio McDyess and the not as popular Big Baby Davis. Our direction needs to head towards Zaza, Rasho and even The Birdman (though he would be my last choice), over talents like Marvin Williams or Drew Gooden.
The scoring will be there next year. No one in the world can stop Tony and with a healthy Manu, primed RJ and the GOAT buckets will be aplenty. We need to identify our threats (Cavs, Lakers, Celtics, Magic) and target whom ever helps us in stopping those teams best. We shouldn't adapt a Suns like attitude and think "Well let's just out score our opponents." So far this off season we've addressed our past scoring woes in getting RJ, and addressed our rebounding problems by drafting Blair. Let's round out the puzzle and get a long big who can A: bang with Shaq, Z, Gasol, Bynum, Rasheed, Garnett and Howard. And B: Alter the shots of penetrating guards. Defense, defense, defense!