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JordansBulls
07-11-2009, 05:17 PM
Do you start Brandon Bass at PF if you are Orlando and move Rashard Lewis to SF?

Statik1
07-11-2009, 05:23 PM
I would say yes. Who else would you put at the 3 spot?

Lakersfan2483
07-11-2009, 05:25 PM
Do you start Brandon Bass at PF if you are Orlando and move Rashard Lewis to SF?

Yes, the Magic should start Nelson, Carter, Lewis, Bass and Howard. Pietrus is perfect in his role as the 6th man off of the bench. Also, Lewis is better suited at the 3 and is more capable of defending players at that position as opposed to having to defend guys like KG, Gasol, Duncan, Amare, Dirk, etc...

koreancabbage
07-11-2009, 05:27 PM
yes, thats what the Magic should do.

PapelbonLester
07-11-2009, 05:32 PM
Yes. They will.

Nelson
Carter
Lewis
Bass
Howard

Pietris

thedfactor
07-11-2009, 05:38 PM
Yeah Bass has proven to be starter worthy. I think it's a big reason he actually left Dallas because he loved it there, but wanted an opportunity to maximize his skills. Plus he's going to do so on an excellent team.

Nelson/Johnson
Carter/Redick
Lewis/Pietrus
Bass/Anderson
Howard/??

dolfan720
07-11-2009, 05:45 PM
hell yes

carter15
07-11-2009, 05:46 PM
yup

Baller1
07-11-2009, 05:46 PM
Yeah, that's most likely going to be their approach.

yanksknicksgmen
07-11-2009, 05:55 PM
most likely

st3voness
07-11-2009, 06:05 PM
Starting Bass will put an exclamation point on Orlando having one of the worst benches in the league. But yes, that is probably what will happen.

Bruno
07-11-2009, 06:09 PM
Think about the series with the Lakers, Bass's body on D would have been better against Gasol in the post, even thou Lewis is taller. Then you have Pietrus comin off the bench, pretty solid.

Jahari Kavi
07-11-2009, 06:12 PM
just realizing that the magic picked up bass...that's a very good move for them.

st3voness
07-11-2009, 06:13 PM
Think about the series with the Lakers, Bass's body on D would have been better against Gasol in the post, even thou Lewis is taller. Then you have Pietrus comin off the bench, pretty solid.

Bass is amazingly undersized. Gasol tore him up last year. Don't rely on Bass' defense to get you anywhere. He's a big body, but can do nothing against the likes of Dirk, Duncan, Gasol, KG, ect.

SpeedReed
07-11-2009, 06:18 PM
no way. the magic's whole game is to spread the floor and surround howard with 3 point threats. bass should come off the bench.

IndyRealist
07-11-2009, 06:31 PM
Bass should start, but they'll play Nelson/Pietrus/Carter/Lewis/Howard against teams like the Lakers, Cavs, etc. during the 4th quarter. They'll need their best perimeter defender (Pietrus) against marquee wing players, and Lewis will be free to exploit mismatches.

Tommyh1331
07-11-2009, 06:49 PM
it really depends on who else we sign...Should he start?? yes! Will he start...probably not but thats Stans Call

JordansBulls
07-11-2009, 06:51 PM
no way. the magic's whole game is to spread the floor and surround howard with 3 point threats. bass should come off the bench.

Maybe they will go with a different strategy this year. They will still shoot the 3, but they have better options now.

mrblisterdundee
07-11-2009, 06:57 PM
Let Brandon Bass start at power forward. Tony Battie can back him up. Lewis is better at small forward, because of his weight. When the Magic play the Cavaliers, though, move Bass to small forward and Lewis back to power forward. Bass is better equipped to guard LeBron James, and Lewis will cause match-up chaos for the Cavaliers' front court.

Carey
07-11-2009, 06:58 PM
I'd say the odds are that pietrus starts, Orlando has found a style of play that is unique from the other contending teams, the just need to become more efficient in it. Bass will get alot of minutes, but pietrus starts.

mgsports
07-11-2009, 09:37 PM
Tony Battie is know on the Nets.
Maybe can get Boozer or Chandler in a Trade or sign Odom to be the starting PF.
Bass and Anderson can be the backups then.

MPScribbles
07-11-2009, 09:55 PM
He should start. Not sure if nobody else realized this but the Magic should be a much different style of team next year. They added VC and got rid of Hedo. The two best aspects of their offense last season was their pick and roll and their ball movement. Hedo was the man that made their team work. Without him their pick and roll will be nowhere near as effective and with Vince on the team their ball movement will be nowhere near what it was last season. This seems like a good pick up for them and I think that they should start Bass and scrap last season's game plan because it won't work with this unit.

Taimarv
07-11-2009, 10:00 PM
This is an underrated move by the Magic IMO. It gives them a lot of different lineup options. They are going to be a lot better this year, but will they have enough to make it to the finals again with the cavs and celts big moves?

phillychi009
07-11-2009, 10:03 PM
I really don't think this makes them any better then last year

IndyRealist
07-11-2009, 10:39 PM
I really don't think this makes them any better then last year

It gives them a post presence and rebounder when Dwight takes a breather, if nothing else. He can also be in the game the same time as Dwight (which Gortat couldn't), and can switch defensive assignments with Howard if he gets into foul trouble (which Lewis couldn't). When you have a premier shot blocker it pays to have a second post defender, so your shot blocker is free to roam the paint.

They can still go into their 3pt shooting lineup with Lewis at 4, Carter at 3, and Peitrus at 2, and play inside-out with Howard. But having Bass keeps Howard in the game longer.

hockeypro68
07-11-2009, 10:50 PM
Nelson
Carter
Lewis
Bass
Howard

nygiants242
07-11-2009, 10:53 PM
Yeah, obviously. What else would they do?

JordansBulls
07-11-2009, 11:03 PM
Yeah, obviously. What else would they do?

Nelson
Carter
Pietrus
Lewis
Howard

what54!?
07-11-2009, 11:08 PM
yeah lewis is a better a 3 than a 4 and bass is the perfect PF next to howard

ZebraCity916
07-11-2009, 11:13 PM
That's what Orlando should do. If they don't Me and I think everybody else will be very surprised.

BkOriginalOne
07-11-2009, 11:24 PM
No, let pietrus start and have Lewis off the bench.
Wait, no, have place the 3 and Lewis the 4.

Of course, Bass willk start the 4, nice rebounding and defensive tandem Bass and Howard will be.

bumblebee
07-11-2009, 11:55 PM
nelson carter and lewis can drain the 3. bass can be the perimeter game and howard down low. thats a nice combo. magics need to get matt barnes and theo ratliff!!!! barnes would be a steal and ratliff can be a backup for howard

jdricks
07-12-2009, 12:04 AM
Not starting bass won't be the end of the world especially with ryan anderson on the bench. The guy can score in bunches with unlimited range and is a vicious rebounder. You will be very impressed with guy just wait and see. But bass is the bess option if its defense and toughness ypu are looking for.

willthethrill22
07-12-2009, 12:16 AM
The only bad thing for Lewis is when they play Cleveland. He is going up against Lebron now instead of Varejao, so its gonna be a little harder for him to spread the floor. But defensively its much better for the Magic having Bass.

JordansBulls
07-12-2009, 10:13 AM
The only bad thing for Lewis is when they play Cleveland. He is going up against Lebron now instead of Varejao, so its gonna be a little harder for him to spread the floor. But defensively its much better for the Magic having Bass.

It doesn't matter now because they have a whole new backcourt. Just think they beat Cleveland last year without HCA and that backcourt of Rafer and Lee.

naztrack
07-12-2009, 10:39 AM
Fa-sho

0202243
07-12-2009, 10:58 AM
new magic, different kind of playing

dtmagnet
07-12-2009, 01:39 PM
Honestly yes I would, I think it would be better for the more half-court style I think they will run this year what with having Carter, and Pietrus will be more effective off the bench than starting at the 3. Just my opinion.

dee279
07-12-2009, 01:53 PM
i say yes actually.

njnets
07-12-2009, 02:03 PM
no way. the magic's whole game is to spread the floor and surround howard with 3 point threats. bass should come off the bench.

i was thinking the same thing. defensively, they would probably be better but offensively, where would bass fit? they throw the ball into howard, and have 4 guys who can shoot on the outside. he needs to develop a jumper (not 3 point shot). also, whose the big that will come off the bench for the magic? or do you think rashard will slide to the 4 on a lot of occasions?

edit: ryan anderson will continue the old magic ways, playing the 4 and knocking down the open 3s. i knew i was forgetting someone.

Raidaz4Life
07-12-2009, 03:54 PM
most definitely

Kakaroach
07-12-2009, 03:55 PM
I think Bass is more of a high-energy bench player. They start Pietrus or Carter at the 3?

sNaKeS
07-12-2009, 04:02 PM
The only bad thing for Lewis is when they play Cleveland. He is going up against Lebron now instead of Varejao, so its gonna be a little harder for him to spread the floor. But defensively its much better for the Magic having Bass.

If that's the case with Cleveland then the magic will go back to last years formula and put lewis at the 4 and pietrus at the 3.

Kidd>>>K-Mart
07-12-2009, 04:11 PM
nothing else makes sense but that

IndiansFan337
07-12-2009, 04:23 PM
Do you start Brandon Bass at PF if you are Orlando and move Rashard Lewis to SF?

No, I think you have to go with what worked for the squad last season. Bass is going to likely be asked to replace Gortat's production off the bench.

They advanced to the NBA Finals last season because they presented matchup problems for all of the league's other top teams. Going away from that approach now would be foolish strategy, IMO.

They should start Nelson at PG, Pietrus at SG, VC at SF, Lewis at PF & Howard at C.

Reddd
07-12-2009, 05:17 PM
They have very versatile players, I think they'll experiment a lot of the season with the lineup. I mean Lewis could play the 4, Carter the 3, Pietrus the 2, Anderson a bit of 4 maybe. I think they should start Bass, maybe he'll have a great impact, he has a pretty solid mid-range game, idk about his defense:D. If it doesn't work out, they could always switch.