Doug Collins has never told Evan Turner about his former teammate Bobby Jones, who aside from being the consummate defender and team guy, rarely ever started a game. Yet, he still went to five All-Star Games.

Collins hasn't told Turner about Kevin McHale, the Hall of Famer from the Celtics, who was named as one of the NBA's greatest 50 players of all-time, either. McHale started in just 400 regular-season games during his career, which is well below 50 percent of the games he played.

"He never asked," Collins said before Friday night's exhibition opener against the Wizards at the Verizon Center.

Still, Collins says he can't seem to wrap his head around the idea that any player worth his salt will be in the starting lineup. To Collins, the preoccupation with his starting lineup seems silly.

"Kevin McHale didn't start his whole career," Collins said. "It's interesting to me the emphasis that is put on starting in this league. I played with Bobby Jones, who never started. He was a Sixth Man of the Year and a Hall of Famer."

Turner, the second overall pick in the draft last year, started 14 games in his rookie season. Most of those starts came when Andre Iguodala was out for an injury. Meanwhile, shooter Jodie Meeks started 64 games last season and seems poised to get the nod at two-guard again this year.

So when asked if Turner, the big draft pick, has to get into the starting lineup, Collins' answer was succinct.