Stiffs Mailbag: solidifying the rotation, the debut of Isaiah Thomas, Michael Porter Jr., and more
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By Ryan Blackburn

Welcome back to the Denver Stiffs Mailbag! Let’s get right into some interesting questions, ranging from preseason speculation to the anticipated debuts of Michael Porter Jr. and Isaiah Thomas.

These two questions are similar, and they broach the most interesting topic to wrap up the preseason.

Right now, the starters are set in stone. Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Will Barton, Paul Millsap, and Nikola Jokic all figure to play 30 or more minutes every game. After that, Trey Lyles has seemingly stepped into the sixth man role vacated by Barton, and Mason Plumlee remains a major part of things off of the bench. Due to the injury of Isaiah Thomas, backup point guard has become an easy decision as well and will feature Monte Morris for 16-20 minutes per game most nights.

The real question is on the wings. Ideally, two of the three of Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, and Torrey Craig would step up and make the decision easy for head coach Michael Malone, and so far, Malik Beasley has stood out.

In the first four games, Beasley has begun to showcase why he was a first round pick in 2016. He leads the trio in plus-minus, has shot the ball most efficiently, and has the least turnovers despite playing the most minutes. Regardless of how the coaching staff viewed Beasley before the preseason, he has earned an opportunity to prove his performance was real when the games...

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