Last season, Gomes was asked to learn and play both of the forward positions. Often he felt out of place playing the small forward and it wasn't until Doc inserted him into the lineup as the starting power forward after Al's injury that he finally started to open eyes with his play. In the Globe Blog, Shira tells us that Doc plans to use Gomes strictly as a power forward this season:
"I just want him to stay comfortable," Rivers said. "He’s comfortable at that position. There’s going to be a time when we’re going to need him to act like a [small forward], but I don’t want to screw him up. He’s so comfortable right now in where he’s at. Honestly, he could do either [position] because he’s so comfortable and he has confidence. But I don’t want to take the chance."
Over the summer, Rivers and staff gave Gomes a list of things to work on, and from what Gomes said, it was to work on his dribbling and outside shooting, and to slim down some. Sounded like they were preparing him to play SF.
Either Doc is just saying stuff, or we are preparing to do a lot of small ball where our PF plays perimeter and not in the post.
Gomes is a very solid player, and will be a very solid player for years to come. If he wins the PF battle in camp, he'll be the starting PF when the season starts. But it won't be his for long. At some point this season, or next season, Al Jefferson will take his place in the starting rotation.