So to shake things up, Skiles has been tinkering with our starting lineup. I think it's time to identify the players with the most potential and give them major minutes. In my opinion, the no-brainers are Hinrich-Gordon-Deng at 1-2-3. All these guys should have their minutes upped to 35-40 mpg. The overriding theme in these lineups is that we have 5 starters capable of scoring. (No more annoying Duhon extra passes.) There have been no outstanding defensive units or players aside from Hinrich, so I think that puts the focus on solidifying the offense. Here are my proposed starting lineups in order of what I think would be the most effective at this point:
1. PG Hinrich, SG Gordon, SF Deng, PF Nocioni, C Sweetney
Adv: All capable scorers. Noc can draw out big PF defenders with his improved shooting, has shown he can defend bigger PFs, Sweets gives us a low-post threat. Our top 5 ppg are starting.
DisAdv: Undersized at SG, PF, and C. Gordon is a liability on D even with improvements. Sweets and Noc out of position.
2. PG Hinrich, SG Gordon, SF Deng, PF Songaila, C Sweetney
Adv: All capable scorers. Songaila adds size and offensive suaveness at PF to draw out defenders.
DisAdv: Songaila is a poor rebounder. Sweets is undersized and out of position at C. Gordon / Songaila / Sweets (at C) are defensive liabilities.
3. PG Hinrich, SG Gordon, SF Deng, PF Sweetney, C Chandler
Adv: 4 capable scorers, an active Chandler could grab boards for 2nd chance points and shore up the D. All our potential stars are starters. This is our ideal lineup long-term but of course Chandler/Gordon/Sweets all have consistency problems. If Chandler isn't active on defense then he's worthless.
DisAdv: Gordon defensive liability. Chandler offensive liability. Essentially 4 man offense and defense.
4. PG Hinrich, SG Gordon, SF Deng, PF Sweetney, C Harrington
Adv: All capable scorers. 2 low post threats in Sweets and Harrington.
DisAdv: Gordon defensive liability. Harrington would be a bit undersized at C and is a poor defender. He is also a stopgap and known quantity who would take away time from Chandler.
I'm curious to see what all of you think. Feel free to propose other lineups!