Your getting a little bit of everything with that lineup. Defense in Duhon and Chandler, ball movement, speed, athleticism, better awareness, a lot of rebounding and everyone can score over 12 ppg in that lineup.
Is a fine lineup for the first month of the season. Come late November i'd expect to see Chandler get the start. Personally i don't really care who starts the game i care who finishes the game.
I would expect Q, Duhon, Chandler, Marbury and possibly even Mardy Collins take turns guarding Wade. Don't expect to see Crawford on him very much he'll more then likely be guarding Chalmers.
I think it's deffinately a winnable game, mainly because Miami has no depth. That got a star studded starting five but there bench is weak. Plus hopefully Beasley gets some stage fright under the bright NBA lights in his debut and we can capitalize. I'd love to be 3-1 after the first 4 games (the loss coming to Phila) but realistically after all we've been through i'd be happy with 2-2.
I strongly disagree with the current lineup and those who co-sign it. And this has nothin to do with marbury coming off the bench. Even if he was no longer on the team i still think this lineup is wack. Q and crawford are both bums and the fact that D'antoni likes crawford scares me. How many shot attempts will it take crawford to average 20-24ppg?
10 Games into the season it'll be..
D'Antoni has no aliegence to any players on this roster other then Duhon and Gallinari. So if Crawford continues to play crappy he'll get benched. D'Antoni didn't trade for Crawford or anything like that so if Crawford plays bad the first 5 games he'll move to the bench.
And i've said it about 15 times. Q is starting simply as a place holder until the time D'Antoni thinks Chandler is ready to start. The only reason Q is starting is he is a default team leader and he has played in the system and at the time was good.
Duhon -- Best TRUE point guard we have. Pass first and perimeter defender
Crawford -- Gets a 5 game audition.. If he fails he'll get benched
Q -- Temporary place holder
Lee -- Really have no other options
Randolph -- Same as above
In a perfect world... Come end of the season Galinari will be ready to go and Chandler will have solidified his start spot and you could have some much better lineup combos.
I disagree about duhon being a better "true" point guard then marbury. You can be a good scorer and still be a true point guard.
Your predictions are respectable. I wouldnt be suprised...and im also hoping to see q-rich out of the starting lineup as soon as possible. He shouldnt even be in the nba anymore. At least crawford is capable of being a decent 7th or 8th man off the bench. I dont think Gallinari should be sent to the d league, i think this team needs him asap. The best shooter we have right now is probably nate robinson. Crawford shoots good 1 out of every 4 games, if that. Its hard to tell with Marbury at this point. He shot good 2 years ago. In preseason he was lookin to pass more then shoot.
We cant forget about the 6.11 jared jeffries, who mike d'antoni likes alot. What does he see in jeffries? :confused:
i read that jefferies is taking advice from TO and got a hyperbaric chamber for the middle of his living room
he lays in it for 4 hours a day
and reads harry potter books
why doesnt someone give him a book by Jimmy V? D'antoni's 7 second offense? Defense for Dummies?
i hope he proves me wrong, but i dont see where the pluses are in his game,at all...he always looks 100% unsure of his next move
Marubry will explode taking advantage of Miami's lack of PG. Randolph will destroy Beasley on knicks offense, and vis-vera on d. Wade will drop 30. Marion will have a quiet but good d night. I say final:117-113 Heat
^ dont forget Chandler...he'll kill the heat i say...19pts 7 rbs 3 ass 1 blk 1 stl
and Nate 17 pts 2rbs 4ast
Wilson Chandler will posterize Michael Beasley
Knicks will win 121-110
Randolph and Chalmers will go smoke a bowl afterwards.
Curry and James will go to IHOP and have an early breakfast.
Isiah Thomas wont see anything 'cause he'll be sleeping from 6pm to 10am.
Meanwhile, James Dolan will be trying out his new Guitar Hero: World Tour
hah, halarious, I'm givin a rep for that one
Paul, I like your line up.
I just feel Duhon will limit the team with his limitations just like he did with the Bulls.
GetRealstic, you don't even know what a "true" PG is. Some of the best PG's in the NBA aren't like Duhon.
Duhon is just a defensive specialist, his offensive skills and confidence are handicapped.