Someone recently suggested that Tony should come off the bench.
IMO, the reason Manu comes off the bench rather than Tony is his style of play. While Tony is unquestionably a better scorer with a higher field goal percentage, Manu is an all-around better player. He is havoc...chaos off the bench. A game changer in more ways than one.
I believe he has been better suited to come off the bench, until now. This team has more weapons than it has had in some time. And Manu is a VERY capable point guard, arguably a better passer than Tony.
I’m proposing a lineup spearheaded by the Swiss army knife. But it won’t be much if he’s surrounded by guys who can’t run or spread the floor. So the other two wings will be athletic (Bonner/Fin/Dice/Mace are excluded) and the PF of the group will be an inexperienced one, but possessed of a great motor and uncanny rebounding skills. It should go without saying that Tim Duncan will be included in this experimental starting lineup.
Thus this lineup will have awesome defensive prowess on the perimeter coupled with excellent 3 point shooting ability. As an added bonus, both guards will have point guard skils. And down low, the lineup will feature two of the best rebounders in the game, one being a future hall of famer.
Tony can come off the Bench and be an offensive force to be reckoned with. There will still be defense coming off the bench (Bogans) along with size (Mcdyess) and three point shooting (Bonner/Mase/fin)
EDIT: You guys have put together a convincing argument as to why Dejuan Blair should not be starting. But I am still really pushing the notion that Manu Ginobili should be given a crack at the starting point slot, with Tony coming off of the bench.
The following is my proposed lineup. (Come-on Pop, you know you’re gonna field something far more ridiculous than this at SOME point in the season)
PG= Manu Ginobili
SG= George Hill
PF= Dejuan Blair
C= Tim Duncan
Your thoughts, please.