This is just a brief post, but I think resigning McBob should be a big priority this off-season, and us fans (assuming we're in agreement) should start making some noise about it. If there is disagreement... hence the post. Larry obviously was leaning the opposite direction at one point, and he knows better than I do! Although to me, that trade didn't make a lick of sense.
McBob (and Hansbrough) are obviously not prototypical PFs, and while that can be a big issue (pardon the pun), maybe they should be given another shot. I think it's easy to liken McBob to a "glue" guy, especially the way he facilitates the offense with his passing. There aren't a ton of forwards in the league who have that ability. Besides that and his incredible hops, not much else stands out, but he still gets things done.
I got to thinking about this more with all the speculation about what the team will do to address the PF "needs". One of the ideas floating around (often) was acquiring Carl Landy. Being a Purdue grad, this naturally appealed to me, and it's hard not to like his nose for the ball, but I started looking closer at the numbers. Last season, while Landry scored more, Josh beat him in practically every other stat-line... in less minutes.... and Josh is 3 years younger. Now obviously Landry isn't a prototypical PF either, and there are other PFs out there to consider, but looking closely at McBobs numbers, I was surprised at all of the things he does, in relatively few minutes.
This made me wonder is McBob the new McKey? I see more similarities than differences, and I would think that Larry might think the same thing. McKey was incredibly valuable for the Pacers during their most successful years, and I think McBob's ceiling is right around his level. I think that is really good news for the Pacers. It still doesn't solve the rebounding need (McKey had the Davis brothers), but it's still a valuable role. It may beg the question, if they need to pick, would McBob or Hansbrough stay? That may be another discussion though.