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Rotations, Anyone?

http://www.depressedfan.com/img/bench.jpgWe all heard and said it many times last season: "What in the world is he thinking?"  Eddie Jordan's rotations were often baffling (Willie Green at small forward?  Rodney Carney stars one game, doesn't play at all the next game?), sometimes idiotic ("It's the 3rd quarter and Jason Smith hasn't played.  Let's bring him in to guard Antawn Jamison."), and occasionally game-losing ("Hmmm, we're down by ten at the half.  Let's start Royal Ivey for Elton Brand to begin the 2nd half.") Well, now's your chance to help out new coach Doug Collins.  What rotation would you use for the Sixers next year?  It's harder than you think to come up with a good rotation, but my thoughts after the jump.
Obviously, this discussion could be revisited many times between now and the start of the season, but for now, here's approximately what I would do, assuming the Sixers select Evan Turner and don't trade Iguodala (or anyone else).

Time SF PF C PG SG
12:00 Iguodala Brand Dalembert Holiday Turner
04:00 Iguodala Young Speights Holiday LWilliams
02:00 Carney Young Speights LWilliams Iguodala
12:00 Young Brand Speights LWilliams Turner
06:00 Iguodala Brand Dalembert Holiday Turner
04:00 Iguodala Speights Dalembert Holiday LWilliams
12:00 Iguodala Brand Dalembert Holiday Turner
06:00 Iguodala Young Dalembert Holiday Turner
04:00 Carney Young Dalembert Holiday Iguodala
02:00 Carney Young Speights LWilliams Iguodala
12:00 Young Brand Speights LWilliams Turner
08:00 Iguodala Young Speights LWilliams Turner
06:00 Iguodala Young Dalembert Holiday Turner
04:00 Iguodala Brand Dalembert Holiday Turner

The breakdown of minutes goes like this:  Iguodala 38 (32 SF, 6 SG), Brand 30 (all PF), Dalembert 30 (all C), Holiday 32 (all PG), Turner 36 (all SG), Young 24 (10 SF, 14 PF), Carney 6 (all SF), Speights 22 (18 C, 4 PF), LWilliams 22 (16 PG, 6 SG).  Some thoughts:
  • I made sure to keep Iguodala or Turner on the floor at all times.
  • Thad gets more than half his minutes at PF, but often against the opposing bench.  I'm not as opposed to Thad at PF as some others; he did succeed there (with a positive PER differential) in 08-09.
  • I'm not a fan of Brand at C, so he gets no time there.
  • This is really a nine-man rotation (8.5 since Carney gets so little time), so there was no time for Meeks, Kapono, Jason Smith, Willie Green, etc.  Carney is not the shooter that Kapono is, but he brings more to the table in other areas, so he gets my token 9th-man minutes.
  • If Lou gets traded, his minutes go to Meeks, but it does raise the question of who plays backup PG.  Turner probably has the handle to do it, but it's a lot to ask of a rookie and he'd probably commit a ton of turnovers.
So what do you think?  If you don't like this rotation, what would you do differently?  And is this a playoff team under a good coach?


by Statman on Jun 15 2010
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