Mike Dunlap announced the Charlotte Bobcats starting lineup for their opening game against the Indiana Pacers Friday.
Kemba Walker will start at point guard, Gerald Henderson at shooting guard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at small forward, Byron Mullens at power forward and Brendan Haywood at center.
All the rumors about pushing Henderson to the three and starting Ben Gordon at two were shot down with this announcement. Also, it’s clear that while Tyrus Thomas has bulked up and refocused for this season, Dunlap thinks Byron Mullens gives the team the best shot to win.
Expect Ramon Sessions and Bismack Biyombo to see solid time at the one and five spots against the pacers and throughout the season.
The most intriguing question for the team at this point, is how much will Ben Gordon play?
The ‘Cats will need him on the floor to create offense at times, but Dunlap probably doesn’t want to wear him out with too many minutes.
It will also be interesting to see how Dunlap handles the backup small forward position. Does he go primarily with Charlotte’s other rookie, Jeffrey Taylor? Or, will he use a platoon of Taylor, Reggie Williams and at times Gerald Henderson?
He’ll probably switch between those two options, but hopefully he’ll give Taylor a shot to prove he was the steal of the draft, like I said every day for a week after the Bobcats picked him.