Darius Miller - good candidate to start at Small Forward?
So I think I'm rooting for Darius to get the starting job at SF. I love Aminu, but i think he is misused. Like Eman said in another thread he is definitely a PF; he is a very underated rebounder and a great defender and he gets tons of hustle and clean-up points around the basket.
Aminu could be more aggressive playing in the paint - when he's at midrange or 3 point territory he doesn't have the ball-handling skills to be able escape or create space, and more frequently just waits to make a pass or takes a shot that is slightly out of his range. I think his skills would be better catered-to by him learning some post moves and more of the pick and roll game instead of dribble moves and perimeter shooting.
I think Darius could make the best use of and convert on more of those wide open looks that come from being the 4th or 5th option in a starting unit with Gordon and Davis in it. I think that would work out great for the bench also, because it allows Anderson to play SF offensively (with Aminu at PF) but on defense he can cover PFs and Aminu the SFs. The bench in this case would be Rivers/Mason/Anderson/Aminu/Smith.
To me that bench lineup has a nice balance of shooting, rebounding, and defense. On nights when we're playing a team without a center who's too strong for Davis at this stage (teams like Heat,Thunder,Celtics, Bulls, Mavs, etc.) we could go small and start Vasquez/Gordon/Aminu/Anderson/Davis, with Aminu covering the best wingman because he is our best perimeter defender.
So do y'all see Darius as a possible starter at the SF? See any potential problems with starting Darius or with the resulting bench lineup? prefer a random unmentioned third party as the starter?