The Sixers will return only five of their 14 players from last season. They made four trades this off-season, amnestied their starting power forward, and let a few guys walk in free agency. It's safe to say, the Sixers starting lineup and rotation will not look anything like it did last season.
While the off-season isn't over, and we're still weeks away from training camp, it's never too early to speculate about the Sixers starting lineup, to begin the 2012-13 regular season.
A few short weeks ago, Doug Collins said he wanted to start Spencer Hawes and Kwame Brown at the four and the five. With the recent acquisition of Andrew Bynum, that's probably not going to happen. As a matter of fact, I'm not even sure Kwame Brown will be in the rotation any more. Who will?
Here's what I think Collins starting lineup will look like on Halloween: Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Dorell Wright, Thaddeus Young and Andrew Bynum. But I'd like to see either Jason Richardson or Nick Young start at the two, while Evan Turner comes off the bench.
We've established that Turner is probably better with the ball in his hands. If he's in the starting lineup with Jrue and Drew, not only does it take a potential spot-up shooter away from Bynum to pass to, but it relegates Turner to a third option-type role. Instead, if he comes off the bench with the second unit, he can act as the primary ball-handler – ala Lou Williams or James Harden – and flourish with a shooter (J-Rich or Swaggy P), along with other benchies, like Lavoy Allen, Arnett Moultrie and Spencer Hawes.
Turner coming off the bench is a pipe dream, mainly because Turner would pout for days, but I think it's in everyone's best interest. What do you think the starting lineup and rotation should look like?