Michigan State Basketball: Best-Case Scenarios for Projected Starters in 2014

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Michigan State Basketball: Best-Case Scenarios for Projected Starters in 2014
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Tom Izzo has enough talent to get creative with starting lineups in 2013-14.

Michigan State Spartans coach Tom Izzo is known for juggling lineups to accentuate his team's strengths. 

That being said, Spartans followers should plan to see a few different starting fives during the 2013-14 season. 

As of now, Michigan State's starting lineup could look something like this: Adreian Payne (F/C), Branden Dawson (F), Alex Gauna/Matt Costello (F), Gary Harris (SG) and Keith Appling (PG).

Denzel Valentine, Michigan State's top bench contributor from a year ago, may even get a crack at a No. 1 role. 

Travis Trice could see meaningful time at the point, and depending on progress, Russell Byrd could catch more than his typical 7.5 minutes per game at shooting guard. While it's doubtful that either will play a role as a "starter", they could be on the floor during tip-off, technically making them a starter by definition. 

This slideshow will focus on the best-case scenarios for Harris, Payne, Dawson, Gauna/Costello and Appling and explore the heights that each of them could reach during this upcoming Big Ten basketball gauntlet. 

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