John Kuester is making a statement. Tracy McGrady, Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince, Chris Wilcox and Greg Monroe will start against the Grizzlies tonight, according to Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News.
The backcourt is certainly interesting and what many fans had hoped to see. Neither Richard Hamilton nor Ben Gordon has been getting the job done at shooting guard, either starting or off the bench. McGrady has played well lately, and Stuckey is a better shooting guard at this point.
I don’t think Wilcox will hold the power-forward spot. I guess his 13 points and nine rebounds against the Bulls on Monday impressed Kuester. But as Royce Young of Daily Thunder pointed out when the Pistons signed Wilcox, quality performances from Wilcox aren’t unprecedented. Repeating them would be. Villanueva hadn’t done anything to secure the job, so I don’t mind experimenting. I just don’t expect Wilcox to be the answer.
We’ll see if Monroe took the center spot from Ben Wallace, but I suspect this has more to with Wallace’s injury. But Monroe will have a chance to keep starting if he plays well enough.