First-year coach Michael Curry will give Amir Johnson, Jason Maxiell and Kwame Brown a legitimate and fair shot at unseating veteran Antonio McDyess as the starting power forward-center opposite Rasheed Wallace.
McDyess has said before that he would rather come off the bench than start. I wonder if this is a factor too. Personally I like the idea of having the one-two punch of Stuckey and McDyess coming off the bench. Also just because someone isn't a starter doesn't mean they won't get the minutes they were before.
I think the job is Maxiell's to lose. I don't think Amir is ready yet. I really hope he can give us some quality minutes off the bench. Kwame started for the Lakers but that was by default as they really didn't have anybody else until Phil decided to start actually playing Bynum. Unless his game has taken a complete 180 I don't see him being a starter.
I am sure Curry will at least give a test trial with Kwame in the starting line up… now him staying in that spot will be dependent on if he performs and how he does in practice as well as his attitude… I have heard he has had issues with the 'tude and that won't slide in Detroit.
It's actually a bit suprising that Amir will be going from a player who could barely get into the game to a starter. I thought it would be Maxiell since he really did pretty good last year. Let's just hope Amir's game keeps growing.