Keith Langlois has been putting out a Position by Position series going over who is likely to be the starter at that position and who could challenge for significant playing time. Well, he's only gotten through PG and SG with SF likely to be tomorrow's article. There's many of us that would love to see
Jerebko, Daye, Singler, or even Maggette anyone other than Tayshaun be the starter at SF. Someone who is more athletic, has a higher motor, and doesn't hold the ball for 5 7 of the last 7 seconds of the shot clock on isolation isolayshaun plays. I fully respect Tayshaun for his efforts, his defense and what he brought to Detroit. But the time is now to go younger and we have a few capable SFs who with more playing time could be better than Tayshaun ever was (and I'm not saying that in a mean way either).
Prior to Keith's Position by Position series started, he aptly made an article regarding each player needing to 'Earn It'. That there are no incumbent starters. Now, some of us would agree for certain positions (PG, PF and SF most likely) but I think SG and C (for now) we're all pretty sure Stuckey and Monroe should be the starters. Now, I have no problem with this concept at all and I think if two players are playing similarly, NOW would be the time to go younger over experience. We're not likely to make it past the first round if we even make it to the playoffs to begin with. Therefore, there's really no reason for us to count on experience from a playoff veteran. Go young, get them the experience, and keep the veterans around as the first ones off the bench. They are likely to be traded to a contender anyways for draft picks or a star.
So why am I curious if we're in for another mutiny? Well, Tayshaun was a contributor to the mutiny that happened seasons ago. He does have a chance that his starting position could be taken if Frank sticks to his concept (though we'll never see the practices, so we won't know if he was out performed). He is a highly paid player and has more experience than all of our other SF (minus Maggette) put together. So, will he become whiny? Will he request a trade (all those in favor say "I")? Will he be a stand up guy and fight harder for his position back or push the younger players to be better?
Now, the previous mutiny was under a different
head coach, so maybe we have nothing to worry about. Maybe Joe D sees the potential of our young guys and if Tayshaun does become whiny will quickly ship him out of town without him requesting a trade. Maybe he starts the season but suffers and injury which pushes the other guys into the starting lineup (preferably not Maggette and I'm honestly not wishing Tayshaun to be injured). But it is still a fear of mine that a mutiny could happen. I don't know where the other players would stand in regards to the issue as the only holdover from the Goin' to Work team is Stuckey. But Stuckey is 26 and he, I'm sure, enjoys playing with the younger guys. It would also allow Stuckey more touches which I'm sure he'd like.
So am I fretting for nothing, or have you had similar worries? I've posted my question to Keith for tomorrow's Mailbag (which he's answered my question each of the last three weeks) so I'd like to hear his opinion. But I care about your opinions more as they have no reason to be uppity like Keith's has to for his job.