For the Twolves this year, we all know who four of the five starters are going to be and for the remaining SF position, we know which two players are going to be getting the lion's share of the overall minutes (although there might be some disagreement on whether Brewer or Budinger is the "starter"). The second-string is not quite as clear.
The two second-string positions that seem (to me) to have the greatest uncertainty are Center and Shooting Guard. With a nice representative sample, it appears that CH readers are pretty divided over who will be getting the 2nd string Center minutes. Turiaf did come out clearly with the most selections, but you can also look at the numbers and say that over 60% of those who participated think he will NOT be the primary back-up center. Clear as mud. . .
Let's try this now with the Shooting Guard position. This one is more complicated, because there are a number of player combinations where it is tough to clearly define who the "2-guard" is - they just don't fit in the boxes real well. If JJ and Alexy are on the floor together, who is the 2? If Bud and Brewer are on the floor together, who is the 2? So, I realize that the back-up shooting guard question, by its very nature, is more difficult to poll than the back-up center position - it is simply not as "clear-cut".
One particular wrinkle here, is Adelman's tighter rotation preference. As Mr. Boosalis so clearly pointed out, Adelman historically likes running a 7-8 man rotation, which means that some bench guys need to be playing with position flexibility. So, it could be that he runs with a 3 guard rotation of Rubio, Martin and Barea, with Shved sitting, or Rubio, Martin and Shved with Barea sitting. Or he could run with a 3 wing rotation of Martin, Budinger and Brewer with one of Barea or Shved backing up primarily the point and getting few SG minutes. Or, he might just do the "hockey substitutions" with a full 10 man rotation, because that is just what is best with this year's specific team. I think I know who will come out the victor in this poll, but I'm interested to see what CHers think. Lots of variables . . .
Without further poll-contaminating verbiage, here's the poll: