Let’s play Coach today. Assume the Sonics’ roster is set (I know, I know), and that this is your depth chart:
PG: Ridnour, Watson, West
SG: Durant, Szczerbiak, West
SF: Green, Wilkins, Gelabale
PF: Wilcox, Collison, Green, Petro
C: Thomas, Swift, Collison
So, which five names should Matt Pittman call out when the Sonics take the floor against the Suns on November 1?
Here are my nominations:
Watson, Durant, Green, Wilcox, Thomas
Off the bench (in order):
West, Collison, Wally, Ridnour, Swift, Wilkins, Gelly, Petro
As some of the smarter commenters have pointed out, it’s unlikely that Luke will be dealt until next summer because he’s a base-year compensation player, and that makes it difficult to work out a deal unless 3 teams are involved. Unless a deal with Earl can be worked out, it appears we will be re-staging the “Luke and Earl Soap Opera” that proved so unpopular last year.
But that’s just my uninformed opinion. Anybody think Durant should be at the 3 with Green off the bench? Are you hungry to see Swift get a chance to start? How about Nick Collison; does his January-February monster run entitle him to the starting spot?
There are plenty of options, so have fun putting the jigsaw puzzle together.