As the season has progressed some of them have cemented their place and role on the team, while others are still searching to find themselves. The conference is said to be down this year and if that's true, then why wouldn't the staff continue to tinker with line-ups?
I'm just not sold that the team we are currently seeing on the floor is the finished product and that more changes will be made down the line. I guess we'll find out how all of this shakes out the next few games. If the bench gets drastically shorter, then it's business as usual, but if we stay with a deeper rotation then I think we'll be witnessing a subtle change in how things are done at Duke.
Consider the late season jumps in minutes and ask yourself if MG is likely to make such a leap:
Elliot Williams moved into the rotation to provide some on the ball defense after Paulus' minutes fell and Nolan got cracked on the head vs Maryland. Chris Duhon began to start and play more because Boozer broke his foot. Who else? It may happen as a result of need, but I think it's unlikely.
If being a player imbues one with superior basketball insight, why are Clark Kellogg and Len Elmore such morons? They didn't just wear the jersey, they played in games, they started games, they scored points, they played in the tournament and won conference and/or national honors. And they still can't analyze a game as well as Kedsey can.
Bilas was a coach, and has taken his job as a professional analyst seriously - he is by far the best. Kellog and Elmore are lazy, just spouting the bs that they are fed by SIDs at each stop, and regurgitaing worn out opinions about teams and coaches. Dickie V is much the same.
Statistical analyses of so few games with such wide variation in factors is highly suspect, but at least provides some basis for opinion. I would suggest that Kedsey's experience over the last 40 or so years watching and breaking down college basketball games makes his statistical analyses more relevant than many opinions of those who may have "donned a jersey."
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There are 200 player-minutes per game. Every minute Gbinije plays is a minute not played by one of Dawkins, Curry or Rivers. Or Thornton or Cook, if Seth plays some at point. Or one of the posts, if MG plays at the 4.
So, the questions remain. Who would sit while MG starts? How would limiting PT for All-ACC caliber players like Curry and Rivers help Duke? Or should Duke forget about Dawkins, a junior, who's one of the nation's best 3-point shooters, in preference to a freshman role player?
Because, that's what we're talking about.
If Gbinije becomes a better overall player this year than Rivers or Curry, then that's a great problem to have. But that's a long way from happening.
Sooner or later we will run into a team that shuts us down and frustates us... (wether its that magical game where we look completely inept, or that game where we get lazy from reading too many of our press clippings) and when K is looking for a spark to build some momentum, have hustle, show heart, these are the guys that are gonna go in and try to get it done. Better he knows what they can do and that they have the confidence to deliver and not be a deer in the headlights.
General Observations and random ramblings..
My uninformed laymans view is that with Quinn stepping up the perimeter game is reinventing itself to accomodate him. prior to Quinns rise, we had a few games where we focused long stretches of the game on getting Mason and Miles post touches to run thru them and develop confidence. That was successful. We've gotten away from that to a degree...
Right now, Josh is getting those post buckets and G to a lesser extent. I cant help but think as Quinn becomes better integrated into the Offense MP1 or MP2 is gonna be on the recieving end of those post feeds. (Josh seems to be able to hit a FT so if we have foul trouble saddle MP1 or MP2 in conference play maybe he can provide a boost.)
I cant wait to see a game where the whole team brings their "A" game and looks good in all phases.
We've yet to see Duke play their best this year and thats very exciting to me.
I cant recall an extended game sequence where AR and QC were the primary handlers on the peremiter. (I get excited during games so I may have missed it) It seems that the staff prefers to have someone experienced paired with them. Stability perhaps?
I like the uptic in Miles game. Hes active and producing.