When it was reported yesterday that Erick Dampier was likely signing with the Miami Heat I was completely dispassionate. On the one hand, Dampier addresses a perceived weakness of the Miami Heat with his size and length. On the other hand, he is Erick Dampier.
While “Damp” does present a more traditional option at center than the other guys in the running (Udonis Haslem, Chris Bosh, Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskas) he does very little in the way of “putting this team over the top”.
If you’re worried about Erick Dampier’s potential impact with the Miami Heat, consider these:
- Dampier is 35 years old. Ask the Celtics how it feels to rely on a 35 year old big man.
- Dampier’s only discernible skill now-a-days is rebounding the ball, which has remained at a steady 7 a game for the past five seasons.
- Dampier is only going to play 20 minutes a game (if that).
- Dampier will not be a natural fit with this young, run-and-gun team.
To put it another way, the Heat signing Erick Dampier is equivalent to them signing Zydrunas Ilgauskas- a 35 year old with one discernible skill (spreading the floor). Their numbers are nearly equivalent:
Did the Big Z signing scare you? Good, neither should a potential Dampier signing.
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix put it best when he retweeted this:
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