Depth is good, only if you know how to use it…part 1

Ok, I am going to put myself in Jay Triano’s shoe. I have 8-9 new players (depending on the Carroll trade), more depth than I can ever imagine. How is it going to work?

Taking a look at the roster, I only see one open spot in the starting line up, so the crucial part is to get the playing time dole out properly and what type of rotation I am going to have?

Today I am going to take a look at the minutes I would give for my rotation. I realize that this is pure fantasy and may not be realistic due to certain situation. For example, I have Bosh playing all his minutes at PF, that’s because in an ideal situation, he should only play as a PF, not at C. However, I can see in certain situations where he needs to play center (small ball situation).

Playing time (in brackets) by position.

PG. Jose Calderon (33) Jarret Jack (15)
Comment: Calderon played 34 minutes last season, and I expect him to average about the same this season or less. Jack can defend but not that great of a PG. He is turnover prone, so I don’t want to give him too much playing time at PG.

SG. Antoine Wright (10), Jarrett Jack (15), DeMar DeRozan (10), Marco Bellnelli (13)
Comment: I am hearing that DeRozan has the inside track on the starting spot, but if I am the coach, I would put Wright there because he can defend. We have 4 guys who can score in our starting lineup. We need the 5th man to do the little things like playing defense. Colangelo is very high on Belinelli, thinking he is a potential 6th man candidate. So it’s possible to see DeRozan playing 16 minutes and Belinelli playing 20-25 minutes and Jack playing the remaining. That would move Wright to the backup
SF. This really depends on DeRozan and his progress as a NBA player; he can be a good player, but he is very young and very raw. I can understand the Raptors’ point of view if they decide to start him, but I would rather have balance to my lineup. If DeRozan ends up starting he has to remember he is the 5th option on the floor and he has to do the little things (rebounds and defense) to stay in the lineup.

SF. Hedo Turkoglu (35), Wright (8), DeRozan (5)
Comment: Wright should not play more than 20 minutes a game. While his D is top notch, his offense is beyond horrible. In my setup, I have DeRozan playing 15 minutes overall, and that’s pretty much what the Raptors are planning to do. It will increase depending on DeRozan’s performance.

PF. Chris Bosh (35), Amir Johnson (5), Reggie Evans (8)
Comment: Bosh never strikes me as a guy who’s very durable. It seems like he wears down at certain spot in the season. Maybe this off-season rest will help, but giving heavy playing time to a player with Bosh’s physique isn’t too smart. In San Antonio, they make sure Duncan doesn’t average too many minutes to keep him fresh. Maybe the Raptors could learn something from that and we do have the depth to do it. I like Johnson’s potential, he will battle for playing time with Evans. Evans is more physical while Johnson plays above the rim. The main thing here is that Bosh shouldn’t play center unless it’s a small ball lineup.

Center. Andrea Bargnani (33), Rasho Nesterovic (12) Amir Johnson (3)
I actually could see Bargnani get playing time as a PF while Rasho plays Center. That wouldn’t be the best idea in the world, neither guy is an above average rebounder. I could see Johnson gets more playing time if he proves he can play without fouling every other possession.

With the above design, the Raptors would have an 11 men rotation. Ideally, I would like to tighten the rotation a bit, but that’s really difficult especially when you don’t know how the team will mesh. The first 20 games or so will give me a good idea on who should play and who should not.

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3 Responses to “Depth is good, only if you know how to use it…part 1”

  1. INFO Says:

    So you see Jack playing 30 min ? Not a chance in hell. He’ll probably get what Calderon got when we frist brought in T.J. Calderon will get about 30, and Jack around 20 (21, 22)

    Look for Derozan to play more than 15 min. He SHOULD play more and i hope he gets around 25 min just like Bargs did in his Rook season. Remember that Triano trusts his players and wont he shy to play a rookie.

    The rest are about right and no use fussing about. Overall good job 🙂

    • pchu1234 Says:

      Jack average over at lease 27 minutes in the last 3 season, so he is certainly capable of playing the minutes. Plus he is versatile enough to play SG.

  2. Toronto Raptors Linkage for August 21st through August 26th :The AltRaps Blog Says:

    […] Depth is good, only if you know how to use it…part 1 « New Leisure Blog – Taking a look at the roster, I only see one open spot in the starting line up, so the crucial part is to get the playing time dole out properly and what type of rotation I am going to have?Today I am going to take a look at the minutes I would give for my rotation. I realize that this is pure fantasy and may not be realistic due to certain situation. For example, I have Bosh playing all his minutes at PF, that’s because in an ideal situation, he should only play as a PF, not at C. However, I can see in certain situations where he needs to play center (small ball situation). […]

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