The real staples as far as I'm concerned are Jamison, Meeks, and Hill in that order. We finally have a go to option with the 2nd unit, something we haven't had in some time (and no, I don't count LO as a go to option offensively). We have two players who can put up buckets and in a hurry, players who the other team have to scheme against. Two players who have started in this league and who could start on other teams.
If Hill continues from where he left off towards the end of the season and the post-season, he'll be huge for our 2nd unit. He's clean up responsibilities are key -- defense, rebounds, and put back buckets.
Offensively, our weak points are Ebanks and Blake. Ebanks due to inexperience and Blake due to his Laker slump. I'm hoping having defined roles will help both of them, however. A more traditional 2nd unit, training camp, and limiting Brown's duties will factor in too. Blake knows who to get the ball to during their halfcourt sets now, so offensively he'll be more of a distributor. With Barnes gone, Ebanks shouldn't be looking behind his back, waiting to be replaced or playing it too safe out there. A lot of time young players who are fighting for a spot play it conservative and over think, cause one screw up will get them benched. With this unit, I'd like to see him just slash and attack the rim. Watch some Barnes tape (regular season, when healthy) and due his best to imitate that.
Defensively it's up to Hill, Ebanks, and Meeks. Ebanks and Meeks both have the tools to be key contributors on the defensive end of the floor. Meeks is already a very good man-to-man defender, Brown should be able to get better team D out of him...that is his specialty after all. Ebanks has shown flashes,
Overall, we have one of the better bench squads we've had in several years. There are some weaknesses on both sides of the ball, but I think they'll be able to cover up one another's deficiencies. Not to mention that it shouldn't be all 5 of them out there at once when we aren't blowing a team out, there will be at least one starter out there with them. The biggest thing I'm looking forward to with this group is being able to put them in without the lead evaporating in a matter of seconds. Our starters might actually be able to get some rest and not have to come back in the game, after they thought they were done for the night, but because our bench sucked, they had to come save the day.