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    2020-21 minutes thread - or is this redundant

    Now that JD has published Part III of the preview of Duke's team is it time...…

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    Quote Originally Posted by sagegrouse View Post
    I did. Joey Baker is 10.9, when adjusted for DNP's. AOC is 12.2. I used the ESPN numbers, as opposed to the stats accessed off of GoDuke.com, which are riddled with confusing entries. I see the ESPN data total to 2,558 points, whereas, the sum of Duke scores is 2,488. The GoDuke data leaves out the stats for the Duke-FSU game, which Duke won 70-65. (I said the data was confusing).

    Joey played in 28 out of 31 games. Alex played in 29 of 31 per ESPN. Both are above 10.0 when the adjustments are made. Perhaps you have other data.
    Right, our numbers are the same. But you used the threshold of 12 mpg, not 10 mpg. 10.9 < 12...

    "I don't want to single out anyone above, but we had 10 players average 12 or more minutes per game in 2019-2020."

    In any event, we're splitting hairs and it doesn't change the narrative. Perhaps it's possible K has changed a bit with regard to playing depth...and perhaps not. We'll find out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluedog View Post
    Right, our numbers are the same. But you used the threshold of 12 mpg, not 10 mpg. 10.9 < 12...

    "I don't want to single out anyone above, but we had 10 players average 12 or more minutes per game in 2019-2020."

    In any event, we're splitting hairs and it doesn't change the narrative. Perhaps it's possible K has changed a bit with regard to playing depth...and perhaps not. We'll find out!
    It was either a typo or a minor brain spasm. In a normal season, I think players getting 350-400 minutes or more are getting enough floor time to learn and improve. Last year was only 31 games, so 300 or so minutes is pretty good. I thought in 2020 Coach K made a reasonable use of his entire roster. Yep -- at the end, there were a couple of games where the playing rotation tightened up. I don't think it's a plan -- it's how K chooses to manage important games where he is intensely focused.

    I think the approach to building roster has changed at Duke. With the higher number of one-and-done players and an increased tendency of players to transfer -- there is very little warning about roster vacancies. I have said in the past that the coaches get four months warning of a vacancy, but it takes an 18-month lead time to recruit a new freshman. The answer: have a greater stock of players and don't be afraid to have players that take a couple of years to mature. The prime example is Goldwire, who has become a very good college hoopster and even -- believe it or not -- a decent shooter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UrinalCake View Post
    With all due respect (and I do have an immense amount of respect for you) we see this same story play out every year. So-and-so player is “too talented not to play.” And every year we see K cut his rotation down to 7 or 8. Last year was the exception to the rule, but as others have said by the end of the season if we’re talking about minutes in close games against competitive opponents we were still only playing 7 or 8 guys.

    I could absolutely see a world in which Coleman, Brakefield, Tapé, Williams, Goldwire, Hurt, or even one of Roach or Steward gets buried on the bench.
    Was I not clear in my second paragraph? I agree that in close games against competitive opponents, we'll probably only be playing 8 guys. And (though I didn't say this in my earlier post), I'd be less surprised if that was 7 guys than I would if it were 9. And 10 would be a complete shock.

    What I meant in my first paragraph is it's hard to figure who will be left out. Tapé is a senior who was recruited for a reason and looks pretty strong offensively; Williams is a true 7-footer who looks like he could be a defensive force with good coordination around the offensive basket; Brakefield was very impressive and unexpectedly polished in the scrimmage video; Goldwire is a senior who has improved every year; Baker is a great shooter whose all-around game appears to have improved; Hurt, Roach, and Steward will all probably end up playing in the NBA after they finish at Duke. The idea that two or three of those guys will hardly play come the end of the season is a difficult one, even if it's likely to happen.
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    Question for the minutes masses...

    How often do guys see their minutes drop by more than maybe a minute or two from year-to-year. I have not done the research, but I think it is fairly rare. I'm not talking about a guy going from 33 down to 30 minutes per game, that can happen without really indicating that the player's role on the team has change. For example, Grayson fell from 36.6mpg as a soph to 29.6mpg as a junior, but it did not mean Grayson's role had meaningfully changed as a junior. Jack White fell from 20 mpg as a juinor to 15 mpg as a senior, but, again, I don't feel like Jack's role was appreciably different on those two teams.

    I guess I am asking, how often does someone go from being a rotation player to a non-rotation player when they get older? I feel like that is really rare.

    So, with that in mind, I think we can say pretty definitively that Jordan Goldwire (24.1 mpg last season), Wendell Moore (24.0mpg), and Matthew Hurt (20.5mpg) are all going to be pretty significant players this coming season. Similarly, it would be quite surprising if Joey Baker (12.1mpg) failed to have a significant rotation role. So, that's 4 guys where it would be a shock if they were not significant rotation pieces.

    As others have mentioned, the very experienced Patrick Tape likely had long conversations with the coaching staff about his role before coming to Duke. Unlike a freshman, who's performance against D1 players can be tougher to project, Tape is more of a finished product. It would be shocking to me if he was brought in as K's first ever grad transfer and K did not have a good idea of what kind of role Tape would play. Put another way, I will be shocked if Tape plays less than 15mpg. That's 5.

    Jalen Johnson, by virtue of his recruiting ranking, would appear to be a lock to be in the rotation. That's 6.

    So, the question is really the other guys. Will K only find room for 2 of them (if we go on recruiting rankings, that means Roach and Steward)? I suspect we will see 9 guys getting double-digit minutes and there will be games where we play all 11 scholarship players (unless someone decides to redshirt, which I think is unlikely). I could see something where Brakefield, Coleman, and Williams are each given chances and -- depending on matchups -- one plays more one game while another gets more run in a different game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonEvans View Post
    Question for the minutes masses...

    How often do guys see their minutes drop by more than maybe a minute or two from year-to-year. I have not done the research, but I think it is fairly rare. I'm not talking about a guy going from 33 down to 30 minutes per game, that can happen without really indicating that the player's role on the team has change. For example, Grayson fell from 36.6mpg as a soph to 29.6mpg as a junior, but it did not mean Grayson's role had meaningfully changed as a junior. Jack White fell from 20 mpg as a juinor to 15 mpg as a senior, but, again, I don't feel like Jack's role was appreciably different on those two teams.
    More than a minute or two? Here's a quick (non-comprehensive) list:

    Jack White 20.5 (2019) --> 15.6 (2020 -- and I do think his role changed; his last 9 games of 2020, Jack averaged ~6.5 mpg)
    Javin DeLaurier 16.3 (2019) --> 13.2 (2019)
    Rasheed Sulaimon 29.2 (2013) --> 24.9 (2014) --> 19.2 (2015)
    Andre Dawkins 22.4 (2012) --> 12.9 (2014)
    Greg Paulus 32.4 (2007) --> 27.7 (2008) --> 15.6 (2009)
    Dave McClure 21.7 (2007) --> 7.2 (2008)
    Nick Horvath 12.3 (2003) --> 5.9 (2004)
    Taymon Domzalski 20.4 (1996) --> 8.6 (1997) --> 7.2 (1998)
    Ricky Price 21.3 (1997) --> 4.6 (1998)
    Greg Newton 29.6 (1996) --> 20.8 (1997)
    John Smith 22.5 (1987) --> 15.7 (1988)

    The reason most guys don't have drastic reductions in minutes from year to year is they're still one of the top guys at their position on the team. If that stops being true, their minutes drop.

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    I think I am getting unreasonably excited about Mathew Hurt's potential this year based on the recent media availability and the spate of media attention that has followed.

    In short...
    -He's put on 20 pounds
    -He's focused on being a better perimeter defender and rebounder
    -He is in attack mode on offense and ready to exploit mismatches in the post

    Here's Scheyer from a piece in the Athletic:

    “He’s made an incredibly big jump, even from last year,” Scheyer says. “He has been our leading scorer. He’s scoring the ball from all over, shooting the ball with really great efficiency. He’s going in the post — I mean, he’s showing everything. And our thing for Matthew is just to take that jump mentally, where you believe you’re as good as anybody, because he is. And he’s been showing it. He’s been terrific.”

    That fires me up, especially because his comments about Wendell Moore were along the lines of, "He knows what he is capable of, now he just has to trust the work and show it on the court"...which isn't making me feel as confident about him making a leap this year.

    Using Hurt as a small ball 5 could really put a lot of shooting on the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Dat View Post
    Using Hurt as a small ball 5 could really put a lot of shooting on the floor.
    I agree with most of this, and think this is where we'll end up at the end of close games, but Matthew needs to shore up his interior defense to pull it off. You (and they) have only mentioned his perimeter defense. But if he can play good defense anywhere, he'll be a big part of this team.

    That said, assuming Roach, Moore, and Johnson are going to be on the floor a lot, and either Tapé or Williams are going to be out there for a decent amount, we're still not going to have "a lot of shooting on the floor." The only true shooters we have are Hurt, Baker, and Steward, and if all three are out there at the same time (will probably happen some but not all that much) it would give us a decent amount of shooting, but I still wouldn't call it a lot. And when just two of them (and sometimes just one) are out there, we'll be a bit short on shooting and have to rely on all three of those guys to consistently shoot high percentages.

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