There's worse things to bestow on a team than having "too much" depth. And for the Brooklyn Nets and P.J. Carlesimo, that's what they're battling at the moment. Specifically, with the four and five positions.
Between Brook Lopez, Reggie Evans, Kris Humphries, Andray Blatche and, now, Mirza Teletovic, Carlesimo is trying to find a way to divvy out the minutes so that no one, really, feels left out.
With the way Teletovic has played over the last week, it's been difficult for Carlesimo to justify keeping him off the basketball court. Couple that with the up-and-down performances from Humphries, and there's certainly reason to be -- and this is probably overstating it -- somewhat concerned.
An important factor is player development and team chemistry is finding and working out rhythms. And what's been difficult for Carlesimo, especially over this past week -- as Teletovic caught fire and Humphries returned from injury -- is finding the proper way to get everyone involved, and keep everyone happy.
Take Humphries, for example, who has played 17, 4 and 18 minutes over his last three games. In the game against Toronto, where he played four minutes, Teletovic played nearly 22 minutes, including the entire fourth quarter. Then, last night against the Hawks, Hump plays 18 minutes while Teletovic played just six.
As Tim Bontemps points out, a typical NBA rotation has room for four players to slot into the power forward and center positions. The Nets have five, and as Bontemps notes, when you factor in slotting Gerald Wallace over to the four, now we're talking six players.
So, the solution? Well, there really isn't one. As Carlesimo noted after the Toronto game, there are going to be guys in the locker room upset with the lack of playing time and rotations. That's just the way it is...
... Until, or unless, there is a trade.
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