b_dog wrote:BearDownAZ wrote:2. Ira at 6-7 was stuck behind two 7 footers to play Center or PF? If that's true then good point. Ira likely a starter on this team? If so, we really need to pack it in this season and focus on 2019. My hope is Ryan Luther at 6'9" is able to step in and start immediately at PF.
I think Luther will need to get big minutes, at PF and backup C. Also, there's Akot at 6-7, who showed some badly needed toughness and quickness on the boards and defensively. Just for the sake of argument (and I know I'll get plenty), based on a smaller faster lineup, I've had the following a starters: Coleman/WIlliams/Randolph/Akot/Jeter. Behind them (by position, not necessarily rank): Barcelo/Smith/Doutrive/Thielemans/Luther. I could see Lee maybe ahead of Thielemans, depending on his level of development at the outset. So, fine; maybe he's somewhere between 9 and 11, but I haven't seen much from him yet, and he's off to a bad start. My not-so-subtle original point was that Lee (2 PPG/2 RPG) shouldn't be propped-up too much just to make for a better DUI story.
I like Akot, but I see him more of a 3 than a 4. Occasional spot time at the 4, but Akot, I think, will be more effective guarding out on the perimeter and playing from the wing, rather than under the basket. I think Jeter starts, but if we want to compare numbers, he also averaged about 2 and 2 and Duke, which are the same numbers Lee did last year. Luther certainly gets playing time, but I question his ability against top competition. Good numbers against lesser competition, but not so great against tougher competition.
So out of the 80 minutes at the 4 and 5, Jeter likely gets 25-30, leaving 65-70 between Luther, Lee, and Akot. Go small and I can see Akot taking 15 minutes most at the 4, with additional time at the 3, which still leaves 50-55 minutes between Luther and Lee. Maybe Theilmans will be ready for spot duty at the 4 too, but that's a huge question mark.
I personally think Lee starts, at least in the beginning, because his better knowledge of the system and the fact that he went up against some great competition all year in practice. Bring Luther off the bench and I think he'll provide a good spark playing against other team's second squad.
Just how I see things working out today, and as always, my opinion and $1 still won't get you anything at Starbucks.