That's fine; but currently, our strating unit's front-line defense blows. I'm concerned about energy of the first unit, especially pre-Kobe's return, and while Nash deals with his ailments (likely until he retires) and he misses 20 games, or so.
It was nice to beat the Clippers, but GS showed a formula for how to destroy us. Something that most of the teams with younger, more athletic starting line-ups will try to emulate going forward.
Now, that won't mean our back-ups lack energy and wil be unable to perform like they did on opening night going forward, but I really do think that our starting 5 may get torched a lot, especially in road games when energy is down.
Once again, Hill is the leader of our 2nd unit along with Farmar. When we play small ball(a style D'antoni loves) Hill is the anchor of that group.
I'd rather he be a 5 fighting for boards against a backup 5 and a key member of our bench mob than I would want him as a 4 clanking 17 footers and being on the bench because of it. Hill was in three lineups last night, small ball, next to gasol, next to kaman. Hill is also on his way back from injury and is now finally starting to get some of his explosiveness back but they aren't gonna push him to 35 minutes a game out of the gate.
Guys coming off injury they are "pacing" haven't you noticed?
Hill does have a role right now, co-leader of our second unit with Farmar and focal point of our small ball lineup because neither Gasol nor Kaman can cover the floor like he can.
We know how D'antoni likes to run small ball, Hill getting minutes won't be a problem.