MAGICPosition: Shooting guard
Coach Stan Van Gundy was recently asked what was up with Jason Richardson
“I think he’s healthy,” Van Gundy said. “He’s just playing very poorly.”
That attitude is reflected in Richardson’s minutes. Over the last five games, he’s averaging just 6.4 points on 33.3 percent shooting while playing a mere 26.2 minutes per night. During that same span, J.J. Redick
is averaging 7.4 points on 41.2 percent shooting while playing 22.0 minutes.
Richardson will continue to start as the Magic are rolling along at 32-18. But the veteran certainly doesn’t have an extended leash to shoot his way out of slumps anymore. Van Gundy isn’t afraid to make this a value-killing timeshare.NETSPosition: Sixth man
Even with Jordan Farmar
(groin) out indefinitely, the wing rotation here is crowded. Despite a nasty shooting slump, MarShon Brooks
needs significant burn as a big piece of the future core. Over the last 15 games, Brooks is playing 27.6 minutes per night even though he’s shooting 39.9 percent.
Additionally, Gerald Wallace
’s arrival at the small forward spot and coach Avery Johnson
’s insistence on using DeShawn Stevenson
clutters things. Oh, and Anthony Morrow
(shoulder) is expected back Wednesday.
Therefore, we can’t expect consistency out of D-League callup Gerald Green
. Although he can certainly play and is still only 26 years old, Green has logged less than 18 minutes in two of his last five games. During that span, Green is averaging 10.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.4 3-pointers and 1.2 steals while playing 23.6 minutes. That’s a realistic expectation. PACERSPosition: Point guard
As mentioned time and again in this space, Darren Collison
is not going anywhere as the starting point guard. George Hill
may have more raw talent, but Collison has started every game this season for a team that’s 29-19. Changing things with perhaps the most consistent rotation in the league with one month left in the season would make no sense.
As the starter, Collison gets the first chance to get the hot hand on a nightly basis. He also gets a chance to establish the hot hand at the outset of the third quarter nightly. Therefore, Hill’s minutes are going to be inconsistent. Over the last five games, he’s played anywhere from 15 to 28 minutes. Collison’s range was 24 to 35 during that span. Expect similar distribution going forward. PISTONSPosition: Shooting guard
I was confused by all the excitement over Ben Gordon
’s outburst last week. Everyone realized that only came because Rodney Stuckey
(toe) was out, right?
In 18 starts this year, Gordon is averaging 16.1 points in 33.4 minutes per game. In 20 games off the bench, he’s averaging 8.8 points in 22.7 minutes per game. It’s really that simple. If/when Gordon gets his groin healthy, he’ll still need an injury to Stuckey or Brandon Knight
to be a strong play.RAPTORSPosition: Shooting guard
Before we get too excited about Gary Forbes
’ hot streak, we need to be aware of the injury situation here. DeMar DeRozan
(ankle) has missed two straight games and is day-to-day. Jerryd Bayless
tried to play through his hip pointer Monday but aggravated and is now day-to-day as well. But when healthy, Forbes is really the third shooting guard. In 33 games off the bench this year, the former undrafted free agent is averaging just 11.3 minutes. WIZARDSPosition: First big off bench
When Nene Hilario
and Trevor Booker
are healthy, this rotation is pretty set. But with Nene’s chronically sore back acting up, Booker dealing with plantar fasciitis and the Wizards at 11-38, we’re going to get some random DNPs up front. Kevin Seraphin
went 17th overall in the 2010 draft for a reason. He has soft hands at 6’9/278 and is still only 22 years old. In six starts this season, the fast-developing Frenchman is averaging 10.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and shooting 54.7 percent from the field. The kid can play. Deep-leaguers should be monitoring injury reports closely to see when Seraphin will be getting starts. * The Heat are not listed as they are the only Eastern Conference team without any true question marks in their rotation.