Here is my list of vets who will have a starting spot by the time the season rolls around but could end up being taken over by a younger teammate
1) PG-Jason Kidd, Dallas
Why? Well, this isn't much of a surprise. Jason is old and althoug he's still providing a pretty solid all-around game, he has lost a few steps. He is 37 years old and even though he averaged 10 and 9 last year, Dallas is looking to develop Roddy Beaubois's game sooner rather than later
2) PG-Mike Bibby, Atlanta
Why? Bibby had a horrendous season last year averaging 9.1 ppg and 3.9 apg easily the worst of his career. He is 32 and has logged over 31,000 minutes in his career. Jeff Teague showed bits and pieces of potential during the summer league and it can be assumed that after 20-25 games, Teague will be running the Hawks at the lead guard spot
3) SG-Anthony Parker, Cleveland
Why? He doesn't provide enough offense or defense to hold off promising young wing Christian Eyenga or even Danny Green for that matter. Parker isnt young either, he is 35 years old! Expect him to come off the bench after Eyenga shows enough promise to take over on the wing
4) PG-TJ Ford, Indiana
Why? Well, Ford has never been able to lead a team and is best suited as an off the bench type guy but the Pacers are going to start him to begin the season. However, Lance Stephenson showed a lot of great things in summer league-perhaps enough to take over the starting spot midway through the season
5) PF-Drew Gooden, Milwaukee
Why? Gooden is solid but you know what you're going to get with him. You'll get 10 and 7 with 45% shooting. He isn't the best defensive player either but hes a steady eddy. Anyways, Larry Sanders showed a vast array of offensive skills in the summer league-perhaps enough skills to remove Drew from the starting lineup.
6) PF-Hedo Turkoglu, Phoenix
Why? If Turkoglu shows half-ass effort and plays pathetic defense, you can only hope that coach Gentry would switch up the lineup and start either Warrick, Frye, or Childress at the 4 and bring Turkoglu off the bench.
7) SF-Tayshaun Prince, Detroit
Why? Prince has given the Pistons a lot over his 8 years but he isn't the same guy he was in 2004. He still put up solid numbers but he and Hamilton are on the outside looking in being veterans on a bad team holding the team back from rebuilding. Plus, Austin Daye looked good during summer league.
8) C-Darko Milicic, Minnesota
Why? Nikola Pekovic is supposed to be the real deal and Darko is the farthest thing from the real deal. He will give you 6 (points) 6 (rebounds) and 5 (fouls) a game...Pekovic actually has an offensive game beyond 8 feet. Expect him to take over very soon
9) PG-Derek Fisher, Lakers
Why? If Fisher loses his job, he will be replaced by another veteran...but D-Fish had a very bad regular season averaging only 7 ppg. Everyone knows he and Kobe are the perfect compliment in the backcourt but Steve Blake could provide exactly what Fisher does along with having a better 3-point shot...This may or may not happen, just a possible one.
10) PF-Kris Humphries, New Jersey
Why? He and Favors are the only power forwards on the roster and if Kris does what he normally does (shoots everytime he touches the ball) and only rebounds at a decent margin, expect the rookie Favors to move into the starting spot and begin the development process
is peja still starting in NO?
seems like he would belong on this list
I have already heard Teague is starting and I would think NJ would eventually give Favors the spot regardless of how Humphries plays because Favors is the future and they are still a young and lottery bound team.
Regardless if Fisher starts or comes off the bench, he will probably get his 20 minutes and plenty of time with Bryant because their chemistry trumps individual production.
They paid Darko too much money to let him lose his confidence but if Pekovic is that good like you said I guess Darko will remain a bust and be on the bench unhappy.
TJ Ford barely started when Indiana had no real point so that is not much of a surprise.
Gooden should start and keep it because it would be better to bring Sanders off the bench and bring him in slowly because once he puts on weight, he can play the 4 and 5 and some spot 3 if he develops his outside shot more.
Prince should get traded and let Daye or that Euro guy start and also with Monroe at the 4 or 5, Prince should be the odd man out.
Kidd is not going anywhere because Dallas is trying to win now while they still have a chance and Beaubois is not a good passer and is more of a two guard
Parker is a bench player to me right now but hey does Cleveland really have anyone else that knows what they are doing at that position.
Also I have no idea where Turk plays because he is more of a 3 and Phoenix is stacked with 3 men and Turk is not too much of a 4 but hey it is Phoenix so maybe they can make it work for now but long term, I say he gets moved again.
Solid post. But I have to say, Milwaukee (with Gooden), Detroit (with Prince), LA (with Fisher), and Dallas (with Kidd) should all keept their starters the same.
Sanders, Daye, Blake, and Beaubois are either not ready to play extended minutes, or simply not a good fit to start (Blake and Beaubois).
Iggy I think Daye is ready this year and Prince is not going to stay if he is smart. Detroit is like 3 year away from doing anything and he is entering his prime. He need to find his way to a good team through free agency, sign and trade after this year or just trade.
Peja should be on the bench but if he is healthy i could see him starting but not getting starter minutes.
Austin Daye is good for about 8 ppg next year. He's not tough, strong, or unselfish enough to start/play extended time next year. He likely will need another year to really be ready to start games. They could baptize him by fire if they are able to move Tayshaun Prince though. But that wouldn't be good for them though, he's not physically ready.
everyone is saying roddy buckets is a point guard..dude has no playmaking skills at all...but his instant offense will make jason terry expendable...i see him as a 6th man..then a starting point..
Peja's the best...........SERBIA
roddy is basically a two guard whos trapped in a darrell armstrong body, but as strong as armstrong lol
Why isn't Lebron James on this list?
Why isn't Lebron James on this list?
Because hes not gonna be a starter.
Good post. I think TaylorCondrin is one of the most underrated users on this site.