Point Guard: Kyle Lowry vs. Steve Blake. Lowry is a better passer, play maker and defender. But Blake is a better shooter. None the less, Lowry is better.
Shooting Guard: Courtney Lee vs. Shannon Brown. Shannon Brown can dunk, he's also a pretty good defender and can even shoot the jumper if he needs to. But then again Lee can shoot the jumper and defend better than Brown, but Brown can drive to the basket and dunk over whoever he wants. I'd say it's a toss up.
Small Forward: Chase Budinger vs. Matt Barnes. Chase is an up and coming rookie, he can jump, he can dunk and he can shoot. But Barnes is a better defender, but can't score as well as Budinger. Another toss up.
Power Forward: Patrick Patterson vs. Lamar Odom. Lamar is one of the best sixth men in the league. while Patterson is young and I think he is going to be a star in this league. He just isn't as good as the "candy man", unless of course he's on a sugar buzz.
Center: Brad MIller vs. Theo Ratilff. Miller can shoot, post up, score, pass better than Ratliff. But Ratliff is probably a better defender and I'd assume they both rebound the ball about the same. Miller has the edge though, a better player in a system he's thrived him.
The Other Guys:
Jermaine Taylor: Shooting Guard, He can throw it down with the best of them and every once and a while hit a outside shot.
Chuck Hayes: Power Forward/Center, One of the better post defenders in the game despite his size, Hayes hustles for every loose ball and plays with heart.
Ishmael Smith: Point Guard, fast point guard out of Wake Forrest. If the rockets decide to keep him on the roster (which I really hope they do) he'd be the best passer on the team and he's very good at driving to the rack and is a solid defender. But a poor outside shooter.
Sasha Vujacic: Shooting Guard, He used to be the Lakers best three point shooter, until last year he shot 25% from three. Not going to cut it, he needs to step up this year.
Luke Walton: Small Forward, He doesn't really play to much, and when he does. He doesn't really do to much.
Devin Ebanks: Small Forward, Second round pick for the Lakers, not really to sure what to expect out of him.
Derrick Caracter: Power Forward, Caracter is supposedly supposed to be a stud. I haven't watched any Lakers pre season games so I wouldn't know. He was the Lakers first round pick this year.
Who's got the better bench?
The Rockets take this one, they can go 10 deep on any given night. After the Pacers Rockets pre-season game Danny Granger said that the Rockets second unit could start for half of the NBA teams. That says it all.