What are your serious thought about a possibly starting Smith over Asik in the future. This is no knee-jerk thread as I will argue below. We all know Asik's hands are the opposite of Smith's and he can't catch any passes, which is getting worse. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet, but I would like to try out once and see what it does. You lose some rebounding, but you gain scoring. Both are good FT shooters and I'm not really impressed with the boxing out or 1-on-1 defense by either player. Asik hasn't shut down any big so far and though Smith does a nice job, for instance on Dwight, he fouls too much. Defensively you lose something. Now offensively, we lose quite some possessions per game because A) a player does not pass it to Asik since he would fumble the ball thus making the pick and roll ineffective & B) Asik not being able to catch passes, leading to a TO or bad possession that Smith would catch. It is not guaranteed we get a bucket but at least it's not a lost possession. Smith as a starter wouldn't mean much difference for the rest of the guys and I think it would work out better. We can actually play inside-out a couple of times A) Smith can catch passes & B) he can pass better than Asik. Smith would benefit heavily because of Harden. The second unit would definitely also gain something with Asik as a defensive anchor. The only thing is, how would Smith do against starting centers? He did well against Dwight but I'm sure it had to something with the kind of game he was having than Smith's ox power. Anyone who can provide some insight into how he did against starting centers, please provide. A tentative conclusion: what you lose defensively, you gain offensively given that Smith will do okay against starting centers. Right now, Asik is obviously deserving of the starting position but in case he declines I would like to see it happen in the future. Thoughts?