I’m sure you’re not the only one. The “clear cut starter” over Duncan unfortunately, from our perspective not from his, went to the NBA, and Coach B did NOT see that coming, so he didn’t recruit a game ready four to replace DJ. I am a Duncan Robinson fan, but I don’t think he was EVER meant to be a starter at the four, or perhaps anywhere else on this team. He can be a very valuable asset off the bench. He also DOES make a lot more smart plays than he does “dumb” or “iffy” ones, which is something Coach B values. I honestly don’t think we have a legitimate starter at the four, yet. Duncan is starting by default. Livers is talented but a work in progress.
As to Poole, he was honestly recruited to be our two of the future, and perhaps to serve in a Duncan “sniper” role at that spot. However, Coach B has been playing him as a backup to Charles, which I don’t understand. Coach B, himself, now says he needs to find ways to get JP and CM on the floor together, which he did for a short time yesterday, although he did have to make things more “simple” to do it. I remain kind of intrigued with a “small ball” lineup which includes JP at the three and CM at the four with Duncan coming in off the bench. That might be tough against big, strong, and athletic teams, but my oh my, that would be an athletic lineup for us, if rather small. We would still need a backup two, however. Man, we needed DJ to stay one more year, but I think we can all agree he made the right choice, for him.