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Austin Daye, before becoming backup small forward, had been practicing at power forward

David Mayo of MLive:

Daye has to sharpen up to stay in the rotation. But it seems he will get his chance while re-learning a position which he rarely has practiced this season.

"I just basically have to know the offense a little more at the three spot and then just get a little more comfortable," he said. "I didn’t know exactly what to do in certain situations. But I just tried to make good basketball plays, basic plays."

Why? Why? Why?

Jason Maxiell was playing well at power forward. Charlie Villanueva has been productive as his backup. Andre Drummond’s emergence has meant Greg Monroe has played power forward – and, hopefully, that will happen a lot more in the near future.

At backup small forward, Corey Maggette has been non-descript at best. That position was much more available than a role at power forward.

So, why was Austin Daye practicing more at power forward, especially considering he’s probably a better small forward anyway? I don’t hate that Daye is getting a shot at playing time, but this makes it much tougher for Lawrence Frank to evaluate him. Does that mean Daye will get a longer look in the rotation that he would otherwise deserve, or does it mean he’s less likely to succeed at small forward? Neither answer is ideal. One apparently bad decision begets another.


  • Dec 19, 20123:41 pm
    by Corey


    This whole situation is mildly nuts.  3 years ago, they drafted 3 small forwards – Daye, Summers, and Jerebko. Summers is long gone. The other two virtually never actually got to play at small forward. JJ did a little his rookie season, and never again.  Daye bounced back and forth between SG and power forward. 

    So now, 3 1/3 games into Daye’s career, he’s finally going to get a shot at playing SF, and he hasn’t even been practicing it.  More than a little incredible.

  • Dec 19, 20124:16 pm
    by MIKEYDE248


    Next let’s try Prince at Center.  Why not just play everyone where they are best suited?

  • Dec 19, 20124:28 pm
    by Delray313


    sounds like frank wants daye to fail give him maggette minutes at sf dam frank. Really tired of frank why is he still here i dont see it dude your rotations suck.

  • Dec 19, 20124:58 pm
    by jerrific


    I’m starting to get the feeling that Jerebko is gonna go the way of Amir Johnso, Carlos Delfino, and Aaron Afflalo sooner or later.

  • Dec 19, 201210:50 pm
    by Talan


    Ugh. I applaud changing up the rotation, but this execution is just horrible. Dan is spot on by saying one bad decision begets another. If Daye is going to be getting all of the minutes behind prince, why was Middletons D-league stint only 3 games?  May as well keep him down there longer. 

    This continual flawed organizational decision making is clearly systemic. No matter the coach, we still seem to put a poor product on the court. The only thing this superfan can hang his hat on is that Gores’ ownership hasn’t been around long enough to positively influence this organization. I can still hope that is the case. 

  • Dec 20, 20129:25 am
    by apa8ren9


    To think that I attempted to try to defend Frank last year because i thought his process or rewarding merit made sense.  I was sooo wrong.   I couldnt see this buffonery last year with this crap “process” because the season was short and they didnt have a training camp.  All of this is just stupid.   Like Talan said, the execution is just downright pathetic. I was all for Frank’s bS then the drummond example came to light.  I know we have more than half the season left but we are literally throwing away games left and right because if the coach cannot execute his rotation strategy how would the players execute his game plans on the court?

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