I know it’s probably not going to happen, but I’d prefer Smart coming off the bench and getting the majority of backup minutes at PG,SG, SF. He could still play 25-30 minutes a game as a reserve. Not interested in him and Schröder starting together.
My ideal starting lineup:
Schröder, Richardson, Brown, Tatum, Horford
I think I agree with everything here as long as Pritchard and Nesmith can get 15 or so minutes a game consistently. I would be bummed if Smart took their minutes and then left after the season.
To me, it is not really Smart that is taking anyone's minutes, he was likely to be a 32+ min starter until we signed Schroder. Now Schroder is going to take those minutes. To me, it breaks down this way (on average, not necessarily every game as there will be injuries, foul trouble, etc.)
PG: Schroder 32 min, Pritchard 16 min
Big: Horford 24 min, RWilliams 24 min
Wings: Brown 36 min, Tatum 36 min
That leaves 72 minutes for other wings, swings, combos, PFs or whatever you want to call them. (I am using round numbers so please don't nit pick me and say it should be 33 min or 34 min, not 36 or 32). Smart and Richardson both warrant 24 min as a floor which only leaves 24 for everyone else. Parker and GWill probably will need to play 12 min each just for match ups. These are our only two players that are even close to PFs. You won't be able to say I want Langford and not Parker. Parker and GWill will need to play as our PFs sometimes even if we go 1-big often.
Conclusion, Smart or Richardson need to be traded if you want to see Nesmith or Langford play any level of regular minutes. You can't pay these guys $12M, $14M and have them play 16-18 minutes. And to give any meaningful time to Nesmith and Langford, it probably has to be more like 12 min each.