As a warning, I must tell everyone who is reading this that the following fanpost is full of hardcore, uncensored rosterbation. You have been warned.
Now, here are some of the lineups that I see the basketball team running next year in different situations.
Starting 5/closing 5: Reggie Moore, Marcus Capers, Klay Thompson, Brock Motum and DeAngelo Casto. This is the best combination of talent and experience that the team has. It can score, it can defend, it can run and execute the sets from Bone.
Offensive Group: Reggie Moore, Faisal Aiden, Klay Thompson, Patrick Simon, DeAngelo Casto. Great ability to penetrate and dish/score with Aiden and Reggie, and Klay can do that too. Klay and Simon are dangerous from range and Casto scoring off Moore drives and getting one on ones with our shooters demanding attention when he has the ball. This will be a quick, running squad, which will benefit our offensive gameplan. However, DeAngelo is the only guy on the floor who has been proven a good defender, with Klay only being OK and Reggie being Reggie.
Defensive Group: Reggie Moore, Marcus Capers, Klay Thompson, DeAngelo Casto and Steven Bjornstadt. This hinges mightily on the development of Bjornstadt, but he showed good defensive skills in his limited time last year and seemed at home anchoring the zone. This lets Casto move around a bit on defense, and keeps him from banging with bigger guys all game. If Aiden or Winston appear to be better defenders than Reggie, than either of them could run the point for this group.
Big Group: Faisal Aiden, Marcus Capers, Klay Thompson, Deangelo Casto, Steven Bjornstadt. Faisal and Marcus are both 6’4+, which is large for their positions. DeAngelo and Steven can bang with the bigs, and Klay at 6’6 brings more height to the group.
Small Group: Reggie Moore, Andre Winston Jr., Klay Thompson, James Watson, DeAngelo Casto. Run run run run run run run! This is the fastest lineup we can put on the floor. Every one of these guys could get up and down the court in a flash on a fast break.
Now, depending on who improves the most, Simon/Motum/Watson/Enquist could all be in the mix at 4 for any of these groups that doesn’t put Casto there. Too much remains to be seen on those guys to make a definite call. The same can be said for Winston and Aiden. We will know much more about these guys as the season nears, but until then there is only gross speculation.
So, whatdya think? Any changes you would make? Anybody else glad that Hersch’s “The one that got away” isn’t the top fanpost anymore?