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.