The Houston Rockets have a slew of young players, which spells chemistry problems and, sooner or later, lineup changes.
The only two players who seem to have a strong hold on their starting position are the two signings from the offseason: Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik.
After those two, there are a host of questions.
1. Who on earth will emerge as the starting power forward: Patrick Patterson, Marcus Morris, a rookie such as Royce White or Terrence Jones, or Lithuanian Donatas Motiejunas?
Patterson will likely get the nod at the season's outset, but White is a good bet to hold down the four-spot come season's end.
Or perhaps the 21-year old Lithuanian Motiejunas will join Asik, and they'll start two 7-footers in their frontcourt. Motiejunas impressed in the Summer League and is capable of shooting from the perimeter. He could actually complement Asik, who only plays close to the basket.
All that to say, there could be numerous changes to the Rockets' frontcourt, and Coach Kevin McHale will most likely get creative.
2. When will we see rookie Jeremy Lamb in the starting lineup?
Lamb has loads of potential and should see playing time from the start. However, veteran Kevin Martin still figures to start at shooting guard, but don't be surprised if he's traded midway through the season.
In fact, you can expect this to happen. Martin has an expiring contract and a contending team will surely desire to add his long-range shooting abilities.
Therefore, Lamb should be inserted into the starting lineup at some point. It's just a matter of when.
3. Which youngster will prove to be for real?
White, Jones and Lamb were all mid-first round picks this summer and each has undeniable upside. None figure to start at the beginning of the season, but they could all end up in the lineup late in the year.
Whatever the case, the Rockets will probably encounter the most lineup changes of any team this season. When a team is this young, it's inevitable that changes are going to take place. They can only hope that a couple wise maneuvers keep them in the playoff hunt for the No. 7 or 8 seed.
But that might be a long shot.