I honestly hate to say this, because I am a huge Biedrins fan--but I would be lying if I said that the question hasn't lingered in my head during the past few weeks.
It's no lie that Biedrins has had a very productive season this year averaging a double-double and doing other things off the ball. However, not to take away anything from him...you have to also consider the fact that his rebounding statistics are slightly weighted, part of the reason being that nobody else on our team in the beginning of the season rebounded the ball.
But, the real problem I wanted to address though is the fact that Beans' is a very one-dimensional player right now, so to speak. With the absence of a true point guard to deliver him the ball, it's very difficult for him to create his own shot. I know that he's only 23, but at times I question how high Biedrins' ceiling really is...
On the other hand, Turiaf has that mid-range jumper that has become pretty reliable this season and I think that it's widely known that he has great interior presence on both the offensive and defensive end. The only thing that Turiaf needs to work on is rebounding--but I think that he has addressed that problem and is definitely improving upon that progressively. One thing I noticed about Turiaf is that he plays better when he gets more playing time. He becomes more effective playing 30-35 minutes, rather than 15-20 minutes.
The advantage to having Turiaf on the floor opposed to Biedrins is his size and bulk. If we're looking into the future of having a front court composed of Randolph, Wright, and Biedrins...we would be surrendering way to much space in the paint. Guys like Millsap, Maxiell, Howard etc. would literally kill us. It would be much more efficient if we had both Turiaf and Randolph playing side by side for the majority of the time. I think that they compliment each other well.
Unfortunately, I'm not so sure that a front court of Wright, Randolph, and Turiaf will work out in the future either. I feel like that's just too many players that are only capable of doing similar things. Unless Randolph expands his game and becomes more of a point 3 than a 4. But even so, Nellie would never allow 3 "big" men on the court at the same time. Randolph and Turiaf are 'must-keeps'...that leaves Wright out of the mix.
This off-season will be interesting and I think that we obviously need to make some moves, but we also need to keep our core together.
Players we 'need' to keep: Randolph, Morrow, Ellis, Turiaf
Players we should keep: Jackson, Azubuike
Players we could move: Crawford, Wright, Watson, Biedrins
Players we should move: Maggette, Belinelli (I love him, but there's just no room)