The Pistons started the fourth quarter with an 11 point lead. On the floor to start the quarter was Bynum, Singler, Stuckey, Monroe and Drummond. At the time, I thought I liked this lineup. I liked it because it gave us CAPS LOCK, it gave us many opportunities for Lob Dunks by Dre (ala Will Bynum), Singler could shoot the three, and I've always loved Stuckey's driving ability. Not even 3 minutes later, I saw a change was needed.
In my FanPost, I didn't suggest the lineup that I just said I liked. But I suggested something similar. I had suggested a starting lineup of Bynum, Knight, Jerebko, Monroe and Drummond. Singler and Jerebko could potentially be a wash in ability. So the main difference was Stuckey being in the lineup vs. Knight. Yes, Knight has his turnover issues, but the key reason why I chose Knight in my lineup was because of his three point shooting. Again, I love Rodney's ability to drive to the basket, but I don't think it fits with Monroe and Drummond in the lineup as well. If it's one or the other, that's fine. But with both of them in there, I don't think it works.
I think with other recent articles asking "Can Greg Monroe defend a Power Forward's playbook?" or talking about "Monroe on sharing space with Drummond", the Chicago game kind of made me realize that the issue with them sharing time together has probably nothing to do with them. It may have more to do with what other three players are on the floor with them at that time.
In my lineup, I wanted JJ because of his hustle and I thought he'd be better suited at the SF. I mean, could you imagine the speed of that lineup? Bynum and Knight constantly running, Andre possibly running right in front of them as fast as he does, JJ maybe a step behind, and Monroe maybe a step behind him. I love the speed of that lineup. But after Chicago, I don't think JJ would be the best one in that lineup unless he REALLY worked on his three point shooting. That kind of leaves me with three options: Daye, Singler, or Tayshaun.
I can easily say I wouldn't go with Daye. I hope he was very good at saving/spending his money, because his time is limited in the NBA. MAYBE two more years after we let him go this season. So now I'm torn between a Youth Movement or "known" quantity. Tayshaun is shooting 43.8% from three this year, but on only 48 attempts. He's been smart (other than against Chicago) in what 3's he takes. Singler is shooting 36.6% from three, on 101 attempts. If you ignore Andre's 50%, English's 44.4% on 18 tries, Daye (because I said so)...Tayshaun has our highest 3PT% and the only three people better than Singler is Bynum, Villanueva and Knight. I don't even think we should entertain Villaneuva at SF.
Because of all of that, I think I'd have to go with Tayshaun as the starting SF. However, there is one thing I think Singler provides that Tayshaun doesn't (probably more) that makes him my choice for starting SF: movement without the ball. Singler is great at cutting and moves around a lot, ever changing the defense. Therefore, I think the menu should be changed to: Bynum (Sour Cream), Knight (Onions), Singler (Salt), Monroe (Steak), Drummond (Potatoes). Still a rather tasty dish.