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I actually think Bagley will go ahead and start against Philly and coach may call it a matchup thing or something... but he's the clear starter right now over, actually either Willie or Belly, but I think it will be Belly... but I think Giles will play more minutes than WCS the rest of the year, regardless of starting role.
Everyone wanted to hang Willie for supposedly getting killed by Harrell, while at the same time ignore the fact that Giles got literally destroyed by Harrell. Right now Giles isn't strong enough to match up with a lot of the centers in the league, nor some of the stronger PF's for that matter. To some extent neither is Bagley, but Bag's can compensate with his freakish athleticism. Giles is a good athlete, but he's not as athletic at Bagley.
Knowing how Joerger operates, wanting to bring players along slowly, and put them into positive situations, I sincerely doubt he's about to move Giles into the starting lineup. I think he'll continue to pick his spots in order to build confidence. Now give Giles another offseason to get stronger, and then the story will change. Personally, I think both Bagley and Giles are more PF's than they are Centers, and who knows, our center of the future may not yet be on the team.
Speaking of matching up with the larger centers in the league, do you really think that Joerger is about to throw Giles out there to be eaten alive by Embiid? Really? I'll buy you the meal of your choice at the McDonalds of your choice if that happens.