After discussing the 2nd-string players at Center, Shooting Guard and Power Forward, the next thing to settle is probably going to be the most contentious discussion. Who will start at Small Forward?
The argument could be made that Chase Budinger should start. He is arguably the better overall player and seems to be much more of a stable, consistent cog that will give you something you can count on every night in the starting five. With KLove, Chase and KMart all being legitimate 3-point threats, Ricky would be an absolute Maestro - having a defense spread out wide, able to drive and dish with weapons in every direction and Pek with a single man on him, able to dominate, crush and destroy in the paint. All of these players are quite familiar with Adelman's offense, too, so the offensive firepower of this unit is scary good. Conversely, most teams' big scorers are found at the middle positions and KLove, Chase and KMart are far from being lock-down defenders. Who would you put on LeBron, Durant, etc.? The recently quoted "my offense is my defense" might be the best that could be said about the defensive prowess of this unit.
The argument can equally be made that Corey Brewer should start. In this scenario, the primary reason would be to allow Brewer to be the defensive specialist assigned to the opponent's greatest offensive threat. In this option, he'd probably play 20-25 minutes per game, with Chase getting more total minutes in the 6th man/primary bench-scorer role. With the steal-happy combo of Rubio and Brewer causing disruption, plus the rebounding firepower of KLove and Pek, together with the ball-pushing and magical visionary Rubio-oop passing ability on the break, it seems that Corey is custom designed to be on the floor with this group to capitalize on his greatest skills. The man is a kamikaze freak at getting back on the break, and there will not be the same rebounding and vision/passing ability on the second unit to take advantage of this skill. A starting five with our galloping goat on the floor could really run and be extremely fun to watch. On the second-string, his defense will be wasted on lesser players and his only offensive skill would be under-utilized. However, he would certainly add some frustrating chaos/inconsistency to the starting unit that Adelman will NOT enjoy. On the other side, Corey as a starter would save Chase's offensive skills (and better rebounding) for a 2nd unit who could use them more, which Adelman would value.
Clear as mud, right? So far, the most surprising result to me in these position polls has been the DWill love - I would not have sensed that from game-thread commentary the last couple of years. With this poll, along with your vote, please share any reasons for WHY you voted the way you did. There are some great BB strategy minds here, so don't be parsimonious about sharing your wisdom - there are many other variables to account for. I can't wait to see the outcome and dialogue from this poll: