We only have two preseason games left before the real season begins, so I guess it's about time to discuss on upcoming team rotation and playing time issues. Here, I have two things in my mind concerning these issues.
Firstly, how deep rotation are we going to have this season (well, at least early on the season)? Coach O'Brien has said he isn't sure about that yet.
I think we could normally use a following 10-man rotation in a game because of relative depth in our roster.
I would dare to say eight of those players above - projected starters Ford, Dunleavy, Granger, Murphy and Nesterovic along with main back ups Jack, Daniels and Foster - should be guaranteed for serious playing time. Also, both of our rookies, Rush and Hibbert, could be in the mix for continuous playing time even from the very start of the season.
Would you prefer tighter or looser rotation?
Anybody calling for full 12-man rotation? In this case, who are those last two men in active playing roster (assuming those 10 man mentioned above for getting playing time is something we can all agree with)?
In my mind, last two roster spots could be reserved for Graham and Croshere. In case Croshere wouldn't be signed, then either McRoberts or Baston should take his spot.
This scenario leaves Diener and McRoberts/Baston or both of them, inactive (barring any injuries, of course).
I expect Davis and Tinsley soon throwed out of the team. Financially cutting McRoberts would certainly make more sense than cutting Baston.
Well, as we all know, case Tinsley is not solved yet totally, and it may even bring us some other players into consideration for playing time. But this is not point in this post.
Secondly, I want to suggest estimate playing times (all minutes below) for our squad for a typical game.
Depending of the game, these estimates may fluctuate a lot, but here is my projection anyway.
PG Ford 31"
SG Dunleavy 34"
SF Granger 36"
PF Murphy 32"
C Nesterovic 27"
Diener - inactive
McRoberts - inactive
Baston - inactive
Since our roster is not locked for the start of the season until next week, we have now proper time to speculate the issues of this post.