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Projected Rotations Part 1

Saturday, October 16, 2010

PG Brandon Jennings (34)
SG John Salmons (35)
SF Corey Maggette (28)
PF Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (24)
C Andrew Bogut (31)

Relevant reserves
SF Carlos Delfino (29)
PF Ersan Ilyasova (28)
PF Drew Gooden (24)

Notes: Andrew Bogut's hand is not going to be 100 percent all season, but the Bucks don't have much behind him. He's going to have to fight through it. ... Ersan Ilyasova can bring offensive punch to the front line if Bogut is struggling.

PG Devin Harris (35)
SG Anthony Morrow (20)
SF Travis Outlaw (33)
PF Kris Humphries* (23)
C Brook Lopez (37)

Relevant reserves
SF Terrence Williams (32)
PF Troy Murphy (N/A)
PF Derrick Favors (20)
PG Jordan Farmar (18)

Notes: It does not matter that Williams is likely to come off the bench. He's a major breakout candidate no matter what while filling both the shooting guard and small forward spots. ... Troy Murphy is out with a back injury. When he returns, he'll surely take the job back from Kris Humphries. Heralded rookie Derrick Favors looked completely lost in the preseason. ... Jordan Farmar will be a hot add when Devin Harris gets hurt or traded.

PG Raymond Felton (33)
SG Roger Mason (18)
SF Wilson Chandler (33)
PF Danilo Gallinari (34)
C Amare Stoudemire (36)

Relevant reserves
PF Anthony Randolph (24)
C Timofey Mozgov (18)
SG Kelenna Azubuike (23)

Notes: Mike D'Antoni doesn't even know what his rotations are going to look like, so you know we're just guessing. We likely wants to start Timofey Mozgov, but it doesn't look like the big man is ready yet. ... Anthony Randolph has had a miserable preseason, but look for him to get a big chance sooner rather than later.

PG Jameer Nelson (30)
SG Vince Carter (30)
SF Quentin Richardson (23)
PF Rashard Lewis (33)
C Dwight Howard (35)

Relevant reserves
SF Mickael Pietrus (23)
PF Brandon Bass (21)

Notes: Mickael Pietrus will probably end up in the starting lineup before too long. Quentin Richardson will make coach Stan Van Gundy pull his hair out. ... Nelson is finally fully healthy, give him a little boost in minutes despite the arrival of Chris Duhon. ... J.J. Redick signed a big contract to stay in Orlando, but there just aren't enough minutes to make him relevant.

PG Jrue Holiday (35)
SG Andre Iguodala (39)
SF Thaddeus Young (30)
PF Elton Brand (31)
C Spencer Hawes (29)

Relevant reserves
SG Evan Turner (21)
SG Lou Williams (28)

Notes: This lineup assumes that Spencer Hawes' back gets better sooner rather than later. If it doesn't, Elton Brand will likely move to center and Evan Turner will move to the starting lineup. ... Lou Williams will play shooting guard with the second unit while Turner handles point duties. Williams gets a boost in minutes as the projected fourth-quarter option. ... Jrue Holiday also gets a big spike in minutes. New coach Doug Collins is really high on him.

PG Jarrett Jack (26)
SG DeMar DeRozan (26)
SF Linas Kleiza (30)
PF Reggie Evans (18)
C Andrea Bargnani (36)

Relevant reserves
PG Jose Calderon (22)
SG Leandro Barbosa (25)
PF Amir Johnson (28)

Notes: Jarrett Jack and Jose Calderon are headed for another frustrating timeshare. They won't play together. ... The only reason Amir Johnson will come off the bench is to limit his fouls, something he has had big trouble with. ... Leandro Barbosa is a better pure scorer than DeRozan, limiting the youngster's breakout appeal.

PG John Wall (36)
SG Gilbert Arenas (35)
SF Al Thornton (28)
PF Andray Blatche (36)
C JaVale McGee (30)

Relevant reserves
G Kirk Hinrich (30)
PF Yi Jianlian (24)
SF Josh Howard (recovering from knee surgery)

Notes: The Wizards have been starting Hinrich in a three-guard alignment a bunch this preseason. Seems pretty insane, but that lineup figures to get plenty of burn together this year. ... Hilton Armstrong is a threat to start over JaVale McGee, but McGee is a lock for more minutes and production. He's a building block along with Wall. ... Josh Howard won’t be 100 percent until late in the season, but he'll push for immediate playing time once healthy.

Editor's Note: For full projections, tiers, rankings and everything else you need, check out the Draft Guide!

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Adam Levitan is in his seventh season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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