I thought I would steal a few topics that seem interesting over on the ESPN board, just to give us something to talk about.
Minutes allocation is a bit of a crapshoot, and the general numbers don't make much sense, so you're always talking in rough terms. Total minutes for the season is crucial and more significant than minutes per game, I think, but missing a few games or missing a lot can really change things around. One example: Kaman was at 37.2 mpg last year, but he missed 27 games.
Trying to figure out minutes allocation raises some interesting questions. How durable will Kaman, Camby, and Davis be? How many minutes will Mobley and Tim Thomas get--or, to put it differently, how significantly will there minutes be reduced? Mobley vs. Gordon, and factoring in Ricky Davis, seems to be worthy of its own thread. Will Al Thornton play the most minutes of all of the wing players, and will he pick up a few PF minutes as well? Will Steve Novak play more than he did last year in Houston? Will DeAndre Jordan play at all--it seems as if a number of people think he'll be out there a little bit, which seems surprising to me since he has to get past both Brian Skinner and Paul Davis. What about JWill and JHart and the backup PG minutes?
It would help to have the minutes that guys played last year, but it's a bit of a hassle to look it up on a dozen different teams. Here's a quick pass, just to start a discussion:
PG: BD 35 mpg JWill 8 JHart 5
SG: CM 30 Gordon 15
SF: AT 35 RDavis 19
PF: MC 32 TT 12
C: CK 35 Skinner 14