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Starting Lineup Changes?

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While no one has explicitly stated any starting lineup changes are on their way, one would have to expect there are. Currently, it looks like this:

G - Adrian Bowie

G - Greivis Vasquez

G - Sean Mosley

F - Landon Milbourne

F - Dave Neal

Out of these five, I'd assume only a few have "safe" jobs. Greivis, obviously, and Landon are the certain ones, and I'd wager Dave Neal, too. There's a chance that Neal could lose his to Dino Gregory, and though I think I'd like to see it, there's no denying how hard of a worker Dave is and the leadership he provides. In the end, I'm pretty sure Gary will keep him there.

But there's plenty of other combinations for the remaining two. Adrian Bowie has had a tough string of games recently, and though he was great earlier in the year, he may benefit from a change of pace. Sean Mosley, though being solid in defense and rebounding, is still struggling offensively, and he may also benefit from coming off the bench.

The problems the starters have had are compounded by the fact that the backups have played so well. Eric Hayes has had a few very good games recently, and I could see him working his way back in. At the same time, those good games started at the time he started coming off the bench instead of starting. I don't think it's a coincidence. Cliff Tucker has been phenomal lately, probably the best offensively outside of GV, and I honestly believe he's earned his starting spot back. I don't know if the long-term benching "fixed" him or whatever, but he's playing great again. Gary will likely reward him with a starting spot, not to mention how much good he'd do the team's offense.

If I had to guess, here's what the starting lineup will look like soon:

G - Adrian Bowie

G - Greivis Vasquez

G - Cliff Tucker

F - Landon Milbourne

F - Dave Neal

As much as I think Bowie would benefit from becoming the first guy off the bench, I don't think Gary will pull the trigger on it, at least not yet. Hayes just seems more comfortable off the bench, and Bowie is still the team's best penetrator and maybe the best perimeter defender. Hayes and Mosley are the first guards off the bench, and Gregory will likely play more minutes than Neal. I also expect Burney's PT to increase. It's shocking the amount of depth that has seemingly appeared out of mid-air. The team is now a pretty consistent 9 deep, plus a few minutes from JSK. That will be a huge factor down the stretch.