Hal14 wrote:Thompson is back tonight. It'll be interesting to see how they split up mins between Thompson and Kornet.
Kornet has been solid but not amazing so far when he's been in there. Overall I've been pretty impressed, especially with his defense. Kornet can also space the floor better. Thompson is the veteran who also was solid but not amazing before he had COVID.
I imagine you keep giving Time Lord 25-30 mins. And give Thompson/Kornet get whatever's left..
Even with TT's return and good game. I still like Kornet but definitely expect to see TT for the remainder. the real question is how the Stevens plan on using Romeo going forward. Once Kemba and Fournier return, does Romeo go to the 9th-10 man spot? I would hate to see that.
Honestly I think it's pretty obvious. Our top 6 guys are (in no order) Tatum Brown Time Lord Kemba Fournier Smart.
After that I'd say Thompson. If he keeps playing like he did last night, he's gotta get minutes.
After that, it's Pritchard and Langford as your 8/9 guys. IMO that is actually a really solid 9 man rotation. Once Fournier is back, if we can string together some games with all 9 of these guys playing, watch out. We could take off.
Kornet is right there, basically on same tier as Pritchard/Langford, maybe a hair behind them. But. you're not going to rotate 3 centers - Kornet gets minutes only if there's injuries/foul trouble with Time Lord/Thompson.
I think with how condensed the games are together you've got rotate at least 9 guys, often 10.
Firmly below those aforementioned 10 guys is this tier: Grant, Semi, Nesmith, Wagner. I don't really want to see these 4 getting meaningful minutes - and I'd rather see Nesmith/Wagner in there. At least they can both hit shots, hustle, they're a threat to put the ball on the floor (Semi and Grant, they get the ball on the perimeter and it's literally either they take a spot up 3 or they look all scared as they desperately look to pass to someone, they literally can't even dribble the ball vs pressure, let alone finish inside on a defender)
Unfortunately Stevens doesn't see the rotation this way. He plays Grant and Semi way too much, especially Grant. Both of them are at the bottom of the team's rankings in literally ever advanced stat category. Yes, we don't have a legit 4 man (it's our biggest need this offseason). But Tatum is 6'8" and has a higher rebounding % than both Semi and Grant (who are only 6'6), and Brown has also shown good strength and tenacity when defending bigger guys down low. Tatum and Brown are your 4's on this team. You make sure 1 of them is on the court at all times (you have to do that anyways for offensive balance purposes). If there's a short stretch with both of them off the court I think you play Langford at the 4 (6'10 wingspan, 43 inch vertical higher rebounding % than Semi, about same rebounding % Grant)..