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Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Bobcats, Preseason Game 5 -- Open Game Thread

The Pistons' coach, John Kuester, brought the NBA my favorite "innovation" from last season: the Energy Starting Lineup. Here's what I wrote in December last year:

The Detroit Pistons have been doing something I love. They bring Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva off the bench, even though Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince have been out with injuries...

John Kuester has completely flipped the energy unit idea on its head... By the end of the game, Villanueva is going to get starter's minutes, but by coming off the bench to start out, it deploys him in more valuable minutes. Think about it: As the clock ticks down, each second is slightly more valuable because there are that many fewer remaining in the game. The math is more complicated than that, of course, given the quarter breaks and the points situation, but, ultimately, I wouldn't be surprised if it's a more efficient rotation strategy to have the best players play their 36 minutes compressed into the final 42 rather than have them play those 36 spread over the whole 48.

Would it make any kind of sense for the Bobcats to do something like this, given their roster makeup and the skills of the guys in the rotation behind the starters?