I've brought this up a lot over the last couple game threads since Foster has been out of action and we have been forced to use Amundson in the rotation.
I'd wish that Amundson is that guy that can help us get by while Foster is recovering or resting.....but ( for some reason ), Vogel has used the lineup of GH/Lance/Inferno/Hansbough/Amundson ( which IMHO is one of the worst lineup combinations that Vogel can come up with ) enough for me to take notice and question why it's even used in the first place. Amundson was brought in for his defense...not his offense...which leads to the obvious question:
Bird has said that he wants a Team with a lot of depth.....but beyond our key 7-man rotation of:
Do we truly have the depth in the Frontcourt ( specificallly at the Backup Center position ) to make a deep run into the Playoffs?
I certainly don't think that Amundson is that guy....I wish that Foster is the guy that can help us get there....but IMHO...he isn't healthy enough to be be relied upon to continually play for the regular season and IMHO a 7-game Playoff series to be the Backup Center that can get us by while Hibbert is resting. I know that we have the option to simply go with a Frontcourt of Hansbrough and West....but I don't think that it is optimal nor preferable to use that Frontcourt lineup for extended period of times.....especially against bigger and taller lineups that can score. Add in that having Foster in and out of the lineup causes inconsistent lineups and lack of familiarity when it comes to rotations and Team Chemistry....I think that it's key to find an effective Frontcourt Player that can play consistently for 15 mpg.
Before you ask.....why am I wondering why we have to care about the 8th or 9th Man in our rotation ( basically the minutes that Inferno/Lance and Foster/Amundson/Pendegraph ).....tell me, are you comfortable with Amundson playing at least 15 mpg for 1/3 of the games for the rest of the season...if not the Playoffs ( cuz I certainly don't see Foster playing 15 mpg for the rest of the season )?
To be clear....I am not saying that I expected Amundson to be some difference-maker type of Player on both ends of the court ( I was truly amazed by Amundson's poor offense )......but IMHO....as the way that lineup stands, we are good enough to get into the 1st round of the Playoffs.....but not a very good chance at making it into the 2nd round of the Playoffs. I think that the FO needs to improve our lineup in order to get to the next level...which IMHO is a Team that has enough depth to complete and make a deep run into the 2nd round of the Playoffs. Getting a solid Big Man that can consistently play 15 mpg would allow us to push a Player like Foster down the "rotational ladder" into being the "break in case of emergency" Big Man ( basically the 10th or 11th Man in our rotation instead of being a 8th or 9th Man that would have to be relied upon on a regular basis ) would be a very good step in the right direction. IMHO....the sooner we get a better Big Man, the better.
Of course, it would be nice to actually see what Pendegraph could do...but the mere fact that he's been injured all this time is frustrating enough...if not another discussion for another time.