Brandon Rush returns to the court on Tuesday night for the Indiana Pacers after serving his league-imposed five-game suspension to start the season. According to Mike Wells in today's Indy Star, JOB is considering starting Rush to help shake up that wing rotation.
So how would you divvy up the wing minutes for the Pacers?
Mike Dunleavy has been starting and playing heavy minutes at shooting guard, but struggling to produce at either end of the floor. Dunleavy is shooting just 34.6% from the floor and just 24% from behind the arc, the lowest of any player who has attempted a 3-pointer. Combine that with Dunleavy's less-than-stellar defensive play and Jim O'Brien is considering a change to his playing rotation.
With history as my guide, I'm not counting on Rush to key a turnaround at both ends of the floor for the Pacers. But it will help to have another option in play at wing for JOB to utilize so he can ride the player producing the best on a given night. It will also give Danny Granger a little more rest, as pointed out in the article.
Granger played 42 minutes against Milwaukee and has been logging extra time with the second unit in an attempt to bolster the offensive output. But 36 minutes is probably a better number for Granger and should leave him fresh to play down the stretch in games on a consistent basis.
Let's not forget rookie Paul George, though. He's been up and down while playing around 18 minutes per game, but I'd hate to see his minutes diminish greatly.
So my question to you: How would you divide up the 96 minutes per game at the wing position between Granger, Dunleavy, Rush and George? Feel free to throw in Dahntay Jones or James Posey if you are so inclined.