Interesting to see how one NBA "authority" views the value added by QRoss as he searches for a paying gig this fall. A "poor man's Bruce Bowen?" Perhaps on defense, but I'm not sure Q's FG% is up to BB's par (don't have the stats in front of me) and his assertion that Q "can hit an open shot" doesn't completely square with my recollection of Q's open looks this past season. When all is said and done, Q is a capable player who might (or might not) catch on somewhere, although I'm not quite sure the "list of potential suitors" is as long as the author might imagine. But he certainly seemed like a quality guy who worked hard to play to his max capabilities - it's just too bad his max capabilities weren't as vast as many others in the league.
From today's Hoopsworld:
"Every NBA season it seems you can find the majority of coaches in the league at one point or another whining about their lack of perimeter defense, and to be honest, who can blame them? Coaches get frustrated with players who are more concerned with putting up offensive numbers than they are with locking up opposing scorers. That's what makes it so curious former Clippers' swingman Quinton Ross is still a player without a home.
Ross can probably best be described as a poor man's Bruce Bowen. He takes pride in defending some of the best perimeter players on opposing teams, and like Bowen, can hit an open shot if opponents choose to leave him open on offense.
From a financial perspective, it's easy to understand why there are players who have been contributors in the past such as Bonzi Wells, Kirk Snyder, David Harrison, etc, without jobs due to the fact many GM's are hesitant to fill up their 14th and 15th roster spots because of economic concerns. With a player like Ross, though, whose primary strength is something that is not very high on the priority list of many NBA players, there are a number of teams who might regret not picking this guy up.
Ross could bring a dose of perimeter defense to the Los Angeles Lakers and could be the team's version of James Posey come playoff time. The Denver Nuggets, quite possibly the worst defensive team in the Association a season ago, could no doubt benefit from Ross' ability. Ross could also help improve the defense in Phoenix under new head coach Terry Porter.
The list of potential suitors goes on and on.
None of this is meant to imply Ross will be an All-Star anytime soon, but as we saw with Posey last season, sometimes role players who can defend are just the kind of players who help turn very good teams into championship teams. Sure economic times are tough, but there are more than a few owners who should consider pulling out their checkbooks and making sure Ross is in the fold before camp starts in less than two weeks."