For the first time since Asik was here the Bulls carry 4 big men capable and deserving of playing big minutes. Between the 4 we have 96 minutes to break down and divvy up. How would you or do you think these minutes will be broken down?
For me I can see it going like this:
Then repeat 2nd half. That gives us 32 mintues for Noah, 28 for Gasol, 26 for Taj, and 10 for Mirotic. It also limits the amount of time Gasol and Taj are playing C. Obviously this is just a base and depending on the game by game situation a lot could change. For instance if we are winning big we could increase Taj and Mirotic's roles and allow Noah and Gasol to get some rest. In games that we are struggling to score and it's close late, we'd probably want Gasol in the game to get us easy baskets. In games we are down big we would increase Mirotic to get him minutes and allow his shooting to possibly bring us back into games.
This base is built for the average win for us. The type of game where Noah and Taj close it out defensively. The minutes should allow Mirotic to enter at a time where he's facing the other teams backups. It's also a time where there won't be to much pressure on him to start his career. I like the idea of getting him in within the last minute of the 1st to have shooting out there for a potential buzzer at a low pressure point in the game to build confidence.