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Greg Stiemsma wants Pelicans starting center job

Sep 10, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

Greg Stiemsma AP

New Orleans coach Monty Williams has some rotation decisions to make. Such as whether to start Tyreke Evans at the three (the most expected outcome) or have him come off the bench as a sixth man (then you start Al-Farouq Aminu or Anthony Morrow at the three).

Then there is the frontcourt.

Do you start Anthony Davis at the five and have Ryan Anderson as a stretch four?

Greg Stiemsma has another idea — him as the starting center and Davis as the power forward. That’s what he hopes will happen, Stiemsma told the Times-Picayune.

Stiemsma told the paper he wants to be the starting center and defensive stopper.

Stiemsma and Davis would certainly form a strong defensive front line, and Davis has started to develop enough of a midrange game to make that work.

More likely, Williams is going to vary his rotations based on matchups. When more defense is called for you’ll see Stiemsma and Davis, but when they need scoring and to open up the floor you’ll see Anderson. I expect you’ll see a lot of lineup experimentation in New Orleans this season as a young team comes together to figure out what works.

What matters is not who starts (still probably Anderson and Davis) but rather who finishes games. That is where Stiemsma’s defense and rebounding could be earning him key minutes.

  1. bougin89 - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    I still have no idea why the Bucks didn’t sign Stiemsma instead of Pachulia. Cheaper, younger, wisconsin native.

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