I agree with Wheat that we underutilized our post guys this year. I didn't agree as to why, but we definitely got too one-dimensional. However, I don't think being an outside in team is necessarily a problem. Being an outside in team that doesn't dribble or pass well IS a problem.
There are lots of ways to score points effectively, and lots of ways to have balance. We definitely lacked balance in terms of style as the season progressed. We had much better balance early on (more passing, scoring in a wider variety of ways).
Should he stay next year I would really like to see us utilize him in transition more. If he commits to running the court, and we have a quick, pass-first PG (which we do right now in Cook), he could be very dangerous in transition. I think Mason's improvement offensively next year (should he stay) would revolve around having a passer with the capability to get him the ball when/where he needs it. If Cook really works on his D over the summer, he would be the obvious choice for this. However, Tyler or Seth (if K decides to run the Seth as point strategy again next year) could also work on post and transition passing over the summer and provide this as well.
McAdoo is returning...so says insidecarolina tonight.
Teams don't have to pound it inside a majority of the time to be successful, but it is my belief that teams are unlikely to go far without a back to the basket threat inside.
Zoubek was not a big offensive threat, but he played well enough that teams had to respect him. He played strong his senior year with his back to the basket on a championship team that was dedicated to the wings.
Put Mason in place of Zoubek, and I doubt that team wins the title.
"An angry man catches no fish"-Zen proverb.
As for Mason (and the focus of this thread) I'd just love to see him catch the ball and not take that unncessary dribble. Miles finally got it this year, I hope Mason gets it next year.
For those that like to read the tea leaves in tweets, below is Mason's most recent tweet. Note "My PG" Also Happy Birthday to Baby Badass Tyler Thornton!
mason plumlee @masonplumlee
Happy birthday to my PG @tythornton3 and my girl @csimps6
Duke FB 2013 Coastal Division Football Champions
There is a statement in one of the articles linked on the front page that I hate, but it rings very true...
http://acc.blogs.starnewsonline.com/29781/29781/Unlike Leslie, Plumlee is much closer to reaching his ceiling. As he proved by going 9 for 9 from the floor while scoring 19 points with 12 rebounds and three blocks in the Blue Devils’ NCAA tournament loss to Lehigh last month, he has the skills to be a dominant low post presence. He’s just never been able to do it on a consistent basis.
Returning to Duke for his senior season would give the 6-11 center an opportunity to change that perception. Then again, as former teammate Kyle Singler learned, draft stock can drop just as easily as it can rise.
If Plumlee is projected to be safely entrenched in the middle of the first round, where many mock drafts have him, then it wouldn’t make sense for him to leave millions of dollars on the table to return to Duke and play for free.
There is another thought in there that I wonder about..Well is that really true? I mean if you have holes in your game now, and you decide to go make the money, who's to say you can't improve just as well by playing tough in practice in the NBA? Or elect to go to the D-League AFTER being drafted? Hell, then you'd be making your money and be getting lots of minutes, as opposed to either making your money and sitting on the bench or making no money and playing lots of minutes. And then of course there is the Europe option. The thought that a player can only improve by being in college is so common it's cliche, but is it actually true?The fact is that the decision to stay or go is a highly personal one that has little or nothing to do with whether the player is physically ready to handle the rigors of NBA competition. Two-thirds of those who enter the draft as underclassmen, including the three newest former Tar Heels, still have holes in their game that can only be filled by another season or two in college.
And I think many if not most people in the know are of the belief that additional years in college do little to prepare you for the NBA. The style, speed, skill, and athleticism at the NBA level are so far above the college game that it's really not useful. For example, the author mentions Mason's 9 for 9 game and the need for consistency. Well, that 9 for 9 came against a Lehigh team that was completely overmatched physically inside. In the NBA, Mason isn't a standout athletically, so those 9 for 9 games wouldn't be there.
Perhaps a little relationship advice for Mason and his tweets from a married guy in his 40s who doesn't tweet. You might want to tweet happy birthday to your girl first, then a separate tweet for your point guard later. Combining them and listing her second is bound to lead to trouble.
Don't know if anyone has reported this yet but NBADraft.net moved Mason from their 2012 mock draft to their 2013 mock draft. Interesting...
The other scenario where I can see staying in college helping is for maturity purposes. Spending another year in a low-risk environment where (hopefully) the coaching staff can help you get more emotionally ready to live/play on your own can make it less likely that you flame out.
But for most guys a year in college doesn't really do anything but subtract a year's worth of pay.