Pat Riley addressed the media on Friday ahead of training camp and media day at the AmericanAirlines Arena. We will have more coverage of what he said, but here’s one snippet.
Riley talked about the thing he is looking forward to in training camp — seeing how the battle for minutes in the backcourt plays out and who will start.
What he is talking about is the distribution of minutes between Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington, Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters and even Justise Winslow and Rodney McGruder.
Between point guard, shooting guard and small forward there are a number of player who deserve some run. And I think Riley may be suggesting that there truly is a battle for who starts at small forward. Last year, Riley said the position was Winslow’s to lose. Now, that same confidence may not be there.
With McGruder starting 65 games last year and the emergence of Josh Richardson as a real possibility to stretch the offensive potential of the starting lineup, Justise Winslow may not be the opening night starter.
Beyond that, there is a battle that is also happening behind Dion Waiters, likely starter, at shooting guard. Both Wayne Ellington and whoever doesn’t start or backup at small forward from Richardson or McGruder have a reason to want some minutes, in addition to Tyler Johnson playing some time there as well.
So Riley is looking forward to this and acknowledges this as a real thing to work out once camp begins on Wednesday at FAU.