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Projected Rotations Part 2

Monday, October 18, 2010


Last week, we previewed the Eastern Conference by projecting rotations and minutes played for all the relevant players. Now it's time to go west.

Remember that these rotations are far from set in stone. Even though we are just one week away from Opening Night, coaches are still toying with their final open slots. We need to be ready to adjust once the season hits.

Also, be sure to take a look at Dr. A's risers and fallers plus his 30-deep draft as you get ready for your own draft.

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

* Denotes a player that is starting only because of a relatively short-term injury.
(xx) projected minutes per game


DALLAS
Starters
PG Jason Kidd (34)
SG DeShawn Stevenson* (18)
SF Caron Butler (32)
PF Dirk Nowitzki (37)
C Brendan Haywood (27)

Relevant reserves
SG Jason Terry (32)
SF Shawn Marion (30)
SG Rodrigue Beaubois (N/A - 25 when healthy)
C Tyson Chandler (21)
SG Dominique Jones (14)

Notes: Look for Rodrigue Beaubois to start at shooting guard once he recovers from his foot injury. ... DeShawn Stevenson is only projected as a starter here because Jason Terry is a natural sixth man and Dominique Jones is a rookie. Stevenson is one of the worst offensive guards in the league. ... Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood are going to cancel each other out.

DENVER
Starters
PG Chauncey Billups (32)
SG Arron Afflalo (27)
SF Carmelo Anthony (38)
PF Shelden Williams* (17)
C Nene Hilario (33)

Relevant Reserves
SG J.R. Smith (28)
PF Kenyon Martin (N/A - 30 when healthy)
C Chris Andersen (23)
PG Ty Lawson (26)
PF Al Harrington (27)

Notes: Chauncey Billups is accumulating a ton of wear on his tires. Ty Lawson will be used to move Billups off the ball at times. ... Kenyon Martin (knee) is out until at least December. ... Al Harrington (torn fascia) should be ready for the season but will be eased in. He would benefit greatly from a Carmelo Anthony trade.

GOLDEN STATE
Starters
PG Stephen Curry (38)
SG Monta Ellis (38)
SF Dorell Wright (29)
PF David Lee (39)
C Andris Biedrins (33)

Relevant reserves
SF Reggie Williams (25)
PF Vladimir Radanovich (26)

Notes: With Don Nelson gone, the Warriors will likely play less small ball. Good news for David Lee and Andris Biedrins. ... Monta Ellis played over 41 minutes a game last year and the Warriors have discussed scaling that back. ... Even with Don Nelson gone, this offense is going to revolve around Stephen Curry. He is a beast.

HOUSTON
Starters
PG Aaron Brooks (35)
SG Kevin Martin (35)
SF Shane Battier (30)
PF Luis Scola (34)
C Yao Ming (24)

Relevant reserves
SF Chase Budinger (24)
C Brad Miller (24)
SG Courtney Lee (22)
PG Kyle Lowry (21)

Notes: Yao Ming is expected to be on a 25-minute cap all season. He will also sit out some games. ... Chase Budinger has a fantasy-friendly game and will have a much bigger role as the year goes on. ... Luis Scola averaged 18.7 points and 8.9 rebounds after the All-Star break last year, mainly because Carl Landry was traded away. It also didn't hurt that Yao Ming was out.

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Starters
PG Baron Davis (31)
SG Eric Gordon (36)
SF Ryan Gomes (31)
PF Blake Griffin (37)
C Chris Kaman (34)

Relevant reserves
PG Randy Foye (24)
SF Rasual Butler (25)
C DeAndre Jordan (18)

Notes: Baron Davis is on the wrong side of the hill and doesn't seem to really care. ... Ryan Gomes and Rasual Butler are going to cancel out any upside. ... Blake Griffin's knee appears 100 percent.

LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Starters
PG Derek Fisher (26)
SG Kobe Bryant (36)
SF Ron Artest (33)
PF Lamar Odom* (35 while Bynum is out)
C Pau Gasol (37)

Relevant reserves
C Andrew Bynum (N/A - 27 when healthy)
PG Steve Blake (22)
SG Shannon Brown (20)
SF Matt Barnes (23)

Notes: Andrew Bynum (knee) is expected back by December. But he'll be handled with kid gloves. ... Kobe Bryant's assortment of nagging injuries are a concern. ... Pau Gasol is an absolute monster when Bynum is out. Same goes for Lamar Odom.

MEMPHIS
Starters
PG Mike Conley (34)
SG O.J. Mayo (38)
SF Rudy Gay (40)
PF Zach Randolph (38)
C Marc Gasol (35)

Relevant reserves
SF Sam Young (19)
C Hasheem Thabeet (18)
SG Tony Allen (22)

Notes: This rotation won't change much from a year ago. Heavy minutes for all the starters again. ... The only one with real upside in his game to make a leap is Mike Conley.


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Adam Levitan is in his sixth 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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