For the record, I have complete confidence that this is related to a combination of personal factors for Andre (exams, physical and mental health, etc.) and not a big deal at all. I just have a problem with putdowns like that when you really don't know either way.
Further, the second part of your second sentence (the statement that Coach K can't take away Dawkins's minutes) is also incorrect. He very much could decide to just keep playing Scheyer, Smith, and Singler for 38 minutes per game and leave Dawkins at 5-6 minutes per game. I highly doubt Coach K will actually do that, but aside from fouls or injury (let's hope not) there's no reason he couldn't do that.
Now, I think you are correct that perhaps people are overlooking an important reason as to why he's seen the drop in minutes. Given the fact that he's probably dealing with exams, and given that it's the beginning of ACC play, there are a number of reasons why the drop in minutes may be only temporary. But it's not "disturbingly unobservant" to not pick up on that.
Wow... holy cow, I am SO impressed. Seriously. What a reference.
Realistically, the lack of time against Clemson isn't so crazy... Andre is not the best ball handler yet, and against their full court pressure, that could have been a bit much.
Against Iowa State I would have liked to see him play a bit more... let's see what happens in upcoming games!
Look, I'm with anybody who wants to talk about Elliot's minutes last year... I am. And, I'm not one of those who thinks Coach K is infallible and must be defended on all things.
However, saying you are concerned that Dawkins' minutes are going to disappear is equivalent to saying you are concerned K is an absolute idiot.
Duke has 4 scholarship players capable of contributing on the perimeter for essentially three positions. Only an absolute idiot would play 3 of those 4 players for 40 minutes all season if possible (anybody disagree?). So, only an idiot would leave Dawkins on the bench as much as possible. Coach K has his weaknesses, but he is not an absolute idiot.
Andre played significant minutes against Arizona St., Uconn, Wisconsin, and Gonzaga. He averages 18 mpg on the season. Andre Dawkins WILL play significant minutes throughout the season. K has shown that he will play him in big games, and furthermore, K is not an absolute idiot.
Sidenote: Who wants to name for me the number of seasons in which K played, pretty much exclusively, three players for the three guard positions? Anybody?
I'm sorry if I am coming off as unusually irritated, but this is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard. K WILL NOT play only Jon, Nolan, and Kyle on the perimeter all season long. If somebody wants to make a sig bet that Dawkins averages less than 15 mpg on the season, I will take it right now.
What I meant was that I think Duke has only three recruited guards, Scheyer, Smith, and Dawkins. I wasn't thinking of Davidson as a scholarship guard. (I am now corrected on this point.)
So I was hoping to reinforce your point that Dawkins will play plenty the rest of the year, once he gets past this current rough patch.
I've got to agree with the poster that said Coach K is not an idiot. He knows what kind of weapon he has ready to come off the bench. Those comparing this to E-Will last year are incorrect. E-Will is not the shooter Andre is. We don't know what's happening in this young mans life. So there is no reason to panic. We're 13-1 with a win over a good conference foe. Go Duke!
If the playing time reductions are temporary for the reasons we both suspect, then obviously it is/was justifiable. But I don't see the need to bash folks for noticing a recent lack of playing time for Dawkins. Their reaction is premature and will likely wind up moot (assuming Dawkins gets his minutes back), but it's not stupid and it's not disturbingly unobservant.
Further, your reference to the fact that Coach K has never played only three perimeter players is moot. We've never had a situation in which we had only three capable perimeter players. We know that Coach K will only play guys whom he feels are ready to contribute. Well, if he were to decide that Dawkins isn't currently ready to contribute against ACC comp, he wouldn't play him.
Now, again, I don't think this recent drastic drop in playing time is evidence that Coach K thinks Dawkins won't be ready for ACC play. But if it were the case, then there is a clear scenario in which Coach K could go with our "big three" for 38+ minutes per game and not be a complete idiot.
I hate being in this position, because I agree with you that Dawkins will almost certainly see his minutes go back up soon. But I think you're being overly dismissive and insulting to those that disagree. They may be wrong, but it's not as absurd a discussion as you're implying.
I'm with CDu... I actually agree with your opinion of the situation, but have issue with you presenting it as an obvious fact.
Andre is 5-19 with 1 assist and zero steals over the last 5 games. If he keeps playing like that, I have no doubt his minutes will stay cut. All he brings to the table at this point is 3 point shooting, and at 3-15 over that span, he can't even do that.