Before tonight's game against the Dallas Mavericks, 76ers coach Eddie Jordan said he was considering re-inserting power forward Elton Brand into the starting lineup.
At game time, Jordan went with a starting lineup of Allen Iverson, Jrue Holiday, Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand, and Samuel Dalembert.
This season, Brand is averaging 13.7 points and 6.5 rebounds a game. He started the first 14 games, hurt his hamstring, sat a few, came off the bench for the next couple, started a couple, and then came off the bench for the last 18 games.
Before the game, we asked Jordan if he was considering starting Brand. Here's Jordan's response:
"Yeah, we’ve always talked about when he gets to a point where he’s physically better – and he certainly is a whole lot better, he’s a whole lot more effective for us – we’re still looking at him being a starter, in the near future."
Jordan said he wasn't yet sure if he would simply remove Thaddeus Young, insert Brand, or whether he would remove Lou Williams, slide Andre Iguodala from small forward to shooting guard, and start a frontcourt of Young, Brand, and center Samuel Dalembert. Jordan made it quite clear that Iverson would not be removed from the starting lineup. Here's what Jordan said exactly:
"That’s another thought process: what do you do?" Jordan said. "When he was starting, Andre was a guard. Do you put Andre back at guard and keep Thad and Elton in or do you replace Thad with Elton? It’s always a thought process. We want Allen to start. Now can Allen and Andre co-exist in the backcourt as starters? We’ll see. I don’t know if Allen wants to be a point guard to get it going."
There's not enough time left before tonight's game to address that last sentence, but it's interesting nonetheless.