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Nov 12

Stan Van Gundy Settles on a Rotation for Now

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Via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

It wouldn’t be a surprise if Stan Van Gundy alters his rotation somewhat when the Orlando Magic play the Toronto Raptors tonight at Amway Center.

On Wednesday, before the Magic faced the Utah Jazz, Van Gundy said he had decided that his fifth starter would be either Ryan Anderson or Quentin Richardson. At the time, Van Gundy said Anderson would start at power forward and Rashard Lewis would start at small forward when the Magic faced teams with bigger frontcourts. Richardson would start at small forward and Lewis would start at power forward against smaller teams.

But that fifth-starter plan could be in flux after Van Gundy played Anderson for just 94 seconds against the Jazz. Van Gundy said he didn’t like Anderson’s approach or Anderson’s two turnovers.

Van Gundy indicated after the 104-94 loss to the Jazz that changes could be in the offing.

“We’ve got to decide what to do,” Van Gundy said. “You’re not going to overreact to one game, but at all our positions, I’m pretty patient, but we’ve got some guys that just really aren’t being very productive. So, we’ve got other guys sitting down. They’re going to have to get a chance to play if other guys are not going to produce. We’ve got too many good players to just give people minutes for a long period of time.”

UPDATE: More from Robbins via Twitter.

Anderson is out, Mickael Pietrus is in, and we have a static 10-man rotation.

Let’s how long this move lasts.

8 comments
Alex
Alex

I still think that Nelson, Carter, Lewis, Anderson, Howard is our best 5 if you want Lewis at SF. If not, then Nelson, Carter, Richardson, Lewis, Howard.

Alex
Alex

Y'know, it might actually be Dwight. The team isn't used to him having more than 8 FGA a game. I think Rashard has had a hard time ever since Vince got here too. I think they'll figure it out, but it'll change the identity of this team to have Dwight shoot 15 times a game.

Eknackstedt
Eknackstedt

So he decides to start our 3rd best PF and our 3rd best SF? Terrific. Familiar and terrific.

Alex
Alex

Unfortunately, I think Orlando is missing something this year. I can't put my finger on it, but I've only been impressed by Dwight this year.

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

I'm happy that he settled on something. We'll see how long it lasts, as you said, but at least the players will have an idea going into the game. Now, let's just make sure we avoid not having any playmakers on the floor at once at any point in the game, because it's inexcusable with the offensive talent we have.