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I really like Leo in a reserve role

I know it's not FanPostFriday, but I'll go ahead and post one a day early.

I really like having Leo come off the bench and there are a bunch of reasons why I feel this way.

No. 1, while Ramsey isn't the consistent scoring threat that Leo is, Ramsey provides excellent energy. He's always moving, sometimes to his own detriment, but he's a very active player. Again, he doesn't always know what he's doing out there and has a tendency to take a bad shot/get out of control here or there, but he's a very energetic player. And that's something that the whole team can feed off of. In fact, with Ramsey, Tiller and Carroll in the starting lineup, the rest of the team basically has to play with energy just to keep up with those three. So that's why I like Ramsey in the starting lineup.

Secondly, with Leo coming off the bench, he can provide a quick scoring punch inside, coupled with Goose's outside burst of scoring. But the beauty of him coming off the bench is that if he's playing the Good Leo role, he can stay out there as long as he wants and play a lot of his minutes against either a somewhat tired starting big man or a reserve big man who's probably not as talented as the starter.

What's more is that if we're getting Bad Leo, then his poor energy/demeanor hopefully won't sap his teammates as much because it's five minutes into the game. And you can also just go ahead and cut his minutes shorter if he's Bad Leo because Bowers is developing into a legitimate fifth "big" man (and based on the rotation last night, he might have passed Safford in that regard ... either way, both Bowers and Safford are going to give you more energy than Bad Leo ... and will likely be just as effective on the offensive end as Bad Leo as well).

Finally, there's the fact that you're keeping Good Leo out of foul trouble by not starting him. I don't have any stats to back this up, but how many minutes of Good Leo have we been robbed of over the last couple years because of ticky-tack fouls?

I'm not as enamored with having Kim English in the starting lineup and would actually prefer Marcus "Hack-a-Shaq" Denmon in the starting lineup. But I'm certainly open for debate on that issue.

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