Okay, so the group as it stands clearly is not working. The parts don't fit together. Stuckey needs the ball in his hands to be effective (and also has a wahgraine), so at the very least something has to happen with him. Frank wants defense first. That's great. The problem is, you can't just put 5 Ben Wallaces on the floor because your team has to score at some point, and this team is not. Oh, sure, it's capable of scoring in transition, but their defense is a bend-but-don't break style that is not built to create turnovers so much as force other teams into bad shots (which they don't do, incidentally), and that's not going to lead to transition buckets. This starting unit has no guys that are able to get their own shots. Sure, the Tayfake will work on occasion and Bynum and Stuckey will catch the defense out of position and ram into the basket, but for the most part it relies on set plays creating open looks. I watch and see big men (Monroe, Drummond, Maxiell) standing around on at the top of the key way too much. They aren't involved in the offense, they aren't cutting to the basket, the team isn't grabbing offensive rebounds at nearly the per-game rate it was last year - which is incredible because of the extra opportunities that all those missed shots are giving them - and what we're reduced to seeing is a lot of elbow jumpers from Monroe clanking off the rim. Nobody should EVER be standing around on offense. If that's happening, it's the coach's fault for running really basic plays where only one option is available at any one point in time. It's like an extreme version of Larry Brown's offense where Billups would bring up the ball and Rip would curl and if that didn't work, then other things happened. Your offense has to be built around the strengths of the players. Stuckey is not a spot-up shooter; Knight is. Stuckey, then, should be running the point and Knight should be the off-guard (because he can hit the three). With Stuckey (and Bynum off the bench) running the point, you need guys that can make a living either spotting up for threes or crashing the boards. Guys like, oh, I don't know... English, Knight, Tay, Singler, Monroe, Maxiell, JJ, and Drummond. The threat, of course, is with Knight having to guard a two (because he's small), but just because it's Stuckey at the 1 and Knight at the 2 on offense doesn't mean that you have to play it that way on defense; defensive players choose who they match up against, you know. So this starting lineup can actually work, but it requires Stuckey running the point and Monroe/Maxiell acting as road graders setting picks and then crashing the boards. And someone has to teach these guys that when the ball goes up, the most likely place that it's going to go off the rebound is the other side. Off the bench, with this offense, JJ is a three. I'm really irritated that they didn't keep Macklin, but that wasn't my decision. I'd move Krav into the rotation and run with a Bynum/English/JJ/Krav/Drummond bench that uses English and JJ as your outside guys and Krav and Drummond as space creators. That doesn't leave much space for Singler, but I'm hoping the team trades Tay this season anyhow... that would move JJ into the starting rotation (or should), and Singler into the bench rotation. Anyway, that's my little rant. The team isn't great, and none of us really expected them to be, so I can't say I'm horribly disappointed so far, but it would be nice not to watch them get blown out in a game that the national media is watching. Oh well.