In any event, to say that Duke used isolation ball a lot or assisted on a low percentage of baskets says nothing about the potency of the offense. Sure, it describes the offense, it explains how we went about trying to score, but it offers no insight into whether we were actually good at scoring. And the truth is that Duke was very good at putting up points last season. I don't see how this is even an argument. Even with the weak offensive production we got in the ACC tournament and NCAAs with Kelly out, our offense was the 11th most efficient in nation last year. At times it was #1.
Duke stumbled at the end of the season. I don't think anybody denies that. The loss of Kelly surely played a role there. The collapse of Dawkins's confidence surely played a role. Playing two elite defenses in UNC and FSU surely played a role. Lady Fortune very likely played a role. It's unfortunate that we hit a lull at the worst possible time, but we did. It doesn't change the fact that our offense was the team's strength for the lion's share of the season.
As for the loss of Rivers, let's have some perspective. After 2011, Duke lost the #1 pick, the #21 pick, and a second round pick to the NBA. We came back this past season and put together an elite offense. Rivers is expected to go mid-first round. Given that much lesser loss, I see nothing to prevent K assembling a similarly excellent offense--albeit one that functions differently--with next year's plethora of talent.
I'm not in any way questioning his commitment to the team. I just think it will help him in his own development to not have Shabazz on the team.
Bazz would have been nice, but I'm really not all that broken up in the fact he decided to play for the Bruins.
I prefer watching our own kids grow and be part of something long term. Kids like Mike, Alex, and Marshall will get their feet wet this year and in another year or two will be stars.
I think this is a case where the numbers don't seem to match up with the eye test. Our offense just didn't look fluid for most of the year. Our high-scoring games were ones in which we hit a lot of threes against bad teams; but we were terribly inconsistent, we shuffled our starting lineup around constantly because we couldn't figure out who our best players were or what everyone's roles should be, and we suffered losses or narrow wins against mediocre teams. We relied on a player (Austin) going on-on-one far more than we typically would, and we didn't have any inside-outside balance. I do agree that our defense was the bigger problem than our offense for most of the year, but that sort of turned around in the last month which is what most of us remember.
Regardless, I'm looking forward to next year. We'll have a ton of experience, combined with some new and talented pieces.
All that said, the more I thought about him coming back, and Duke really did win the last few days. A 4th year guy in a system is invaluable and I know I'm missing a few guys but I can't think of few if any C's I'd rather have than Mason. Reggie Johnson obviously killed us, Withey seems like a guy ready to become a dominant defender but his offense is questionable, Cody Zeller is a stud, and then you have the incoming guys who I think will have a learning curve for the most part. So that puts us with probably a top 5 center in college basketball who has been in the system for 4 years and will be fully developed physically.
Well like they say.......on to the next one.
I also am comparing Murphey to my all time favorite Super Singler, as they have seemingly the same build and height with both being 6'8 respectively. If he can do anywere near what singler did his junior or senior year (years he played the 3) then WATCHOUT!!
As for Dawkins....
As for the shirts, I have a similar one...I'll just leave it at that.
And as for Bazz, I know we weren't surprised he went to UCLA, but I think he would have looked great in an "Order has been maintained" shirt.
Best of luck to him, as long as it's not against us. He really does seem like a decent kid....if only those "kids" could make their own decisions (if this in fact was the case).
So did anyone tell Shabazz that he has to play with LD3 next year?
I don't know that he's going to like that too much..
(I have talked to several) and McAdoo is probably chomping at the bit. Having said all this, UNC survived a drought (NIT) and so can we! I'm hopeful but not delusional. With a first round loss to Lehigh and only one recruit for next year I must quote from former Panthers coach John Fox....."It is what it is."