What are the Chances Doc Might Spot-Start Darko?
Let me begin by saying I'm already on record in support of Small Ball.
Having the second unit commit to fast-break basketball is a creative and likely fruit-bearing idea.
But the more we see of Darko, the more one thing becomes clear.
The dude is huge, absolutely HUGE.
Even before his torso grew to its current gargantuan state, DraftExpress had Darko listed as taller with his shoes off than Dwight Howard with his shoes on. You know Dwight Howard, the guy who uses his impressive physique to push people around to get better position for layups, dunks and rebounds. Dwight also once described Darko as a "beast" of a player, and that was probably 50 pounds ago for Darko (and lookie here where the Laker legion is a wee bit concerned about Howard's stature when standing next to Gasol).
Let me make this easy.
If we like how Darko measures up against Dwight Howard, is there a reason we wouldn't let him go out there and push around the league's other traditional bigs(Bynum, Chandler, etc)? While Doc is clearly a tinkerer when it comes to playing around with his line-up, I can't think of a single instance in the Garnett Era when he's platooned a position, starting a bench player ahead of a starter for tactical reasons and not due to injury.
Might he make an exception this year, given KG's well-know reluctance to mix it up with muscle-bound centers in the post (especially if Doc, like KG, sees the risk of injury to Garnett rising with such match-ups)?
Posted by Lex at 2:49 PM
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