Where dos that leave incumbent starting center Nikola Vucevic?
Vucevic, via Zach Lowe of ESPN:
“I believe I will be the starter — the best player on the team, and the guy who has been here the longest,” Vucevic said. “I’m not taking anything away from Bismack. I just believe I should start.”
That’s a perfectly fine sentiment from Vucevic. He’s a competitor, and he earned the starting job before Biyombo arrived. Vucevic shouldn’t feel obligated just to step to the side for Biyombo.
But what about Biyombo? He’s being paid like a starter, and he probably doesn’t want to come off the bench. His performance with the Raptors – especially in the playoffs after Jonas Valanciunas got hurt – suggests he’s ready for a bigger role.
So something will have to give.
Then how does everyone handle it? The Magic upgraded their talent by adding Biyombo, but they also created a roster crunch that can cause tension. Those problems only worsen if the team doesn’t win enough. This just adds to the pressure for a fast start in Orlando.