I know that I started to think about who should come off the bench behind Tayshawn based on his apparent collapse towards the end of the playoffs last year and his fairly lackluster performance through most of this season. Now over the last, what, ten games?, he has played bigger, but the notion of who spells him seems pretty important for determining how this team will do in the second season. Evans was brought in specifically to play behind Prince and keep him fresh for the playoffs. I surely hope that whole extra minute of rest per game Prince has this year versus last is keeping him fresh, but on the whole I think you have to consider the Evans backup plan a failure. Productivity for the three spot has not gone up. And if you follow the numbers, as I occasionally do, and normalize for the slightly different number of minutes played per game, Evans and Delfino are neck and neck – Points per game – ME 5.0 / CD 4.4 Boards per game – ME 2.1 / CD 2.2 Assists per game – ME 0.5 / CD 0.9 Steals per game – ME 0.5 / CD 0.3 Blocks per game – ME 0.2 / CD 0.3 I could make a long argument using the pword, but I think that’s already been made a few times. Delfino has the p to get better but with Evans what you see is what you get. He’s 28 and has three NBA seasons behind him as well as some time out of the country. He’s going to do what he has been doing. Don’t expect anything else. Delfino with some game time and the right situation might not be the second coming of Manu Ginobili, but could be a decent NBA player, particularly off the bench. None of that matters all that much as we approach forty games in forty days. The playoffs aren’t the time to see if your young guys have some p. (Although it did work for Prince a couple of years ago.) If you really want to think about the rotation, considering all, I think you have to say that the best backup three we have is Rip. It doesn’t seem all that hard to imagine Delk coming in and pushing Rip over to the three spot. Against most teams, the scrappy Rip that we see more and more of ought to be able to buy some minutes for Prince to rest. Hunter gives CB some rest and Delk’s minutes go up. As much as I like to talk up Delfino, the time for on the job training is gone. It’s time to get the eight guys that are going to play and work out a rotation that keeps them as fresh as possible. Unfortunately for Evans and Delfino, that bench is going to be Dice, Delk, and Hunter.