Don’t forget, last year the coaches entered the season feeling like they had around 150 of the 200 minutes of game play accounted for with solid minutes (Irvin & Walton around 35mpg each, MAAR around 30mpg, Wagner & Robinson around 25mpg each). With the offense triggered by Irvin or Walton. At the start of the year the puzzle was finding somewhere in the neighborhood of 50mpg from the bench, with the belief that Simpson was ready to challenge for at least 10-12-15mpg, Wilson could slide into at least 12-15mpg, and Teske or Davis would emerge as a reasonable backup at Center.
Season didn’t fully play out that way, but that’s still a lot of comfortable/known variables which gave the coaches the ability to fiddle with the edges.
This year the coaches entered with about 115 of the minutes reasonably accounted for (Wagner, MAAR, Mathews around 30mpg each, Robinson around 25mpg) and 85 minutes to fill among 7 or 8 candidates (Simmons, Simpson, Brooks at guard, Poole & Watson at the “2/3”, Livers at wing, Teske & Davis at backup Center). A lot more depth, a lot more flexibility, a lot more talented upside, but a lot more uncertainty and more time needed to focus on the core rotation/less time to tweak around the edges.
Not saying one situation is “better” than the other, but in times like this season I would expect the team to look a little lost out of the gate until more of the rotational minutes are secured and the coaches start to tweak around the edges.