Ive heard this "play our best guys next year" mantra from...
Posted on: May 4, 2012 at 09:57:20 CT
A lot of people on this board. What I don't understand is....what constitutes our "best" players???
It seems MANY of you are going off what a kid can do offensively and then tabbing him as a good player and/or one of our best. It seems like last year has a lot of you fooled. You CAN win a lot of games sharing the ball and having great shooters and scorers. But the simple truth of the matter is you will NEVER win a championship without being able to defensively match up with the best.
For all of you 4-guard alignment wishers......please get a grip. A four guard alignment just simply will not win us championships. While it made for a great season last year, defensively we were NOT a good team. That got exposed by a 15 seed in an embarrasing way last year. WHY in the world would Haith make the same mistake.
Next year you WILL NOT see a Power Forward or center under 6'8 in the game. You WILL NOT see Dixon and Pressey playing much together. While both are good defensive PG's, neither is adept at guarding the SG. Yes Dixon may can score, but he's a defensive liability at the SG position. That's just a FACT. Many of you will get upset saying Dixon is our best player.......but NO.......Dixon may be our best "scorer", but he is not the best defensive option at the SG. So what if Dixon scores and the other team comes right down and exploits the mismatch at the other end. Sometimes if a team doesn't have a good SG we can get away with it. But seeing our schedule next year......NO WAY we can in most of those games. Any of the good teams you face WILL have a SG that will misuse Dixon at the SG. Those teams will have a PF that will misuse a smaller player like Pollard at the PF position if we get him. You don't want Pollard guarding 240 behemoths down low and I doubt Pollard wants to do it. We can't have Ross or Brown down there either.....it won't work.
Haith is not looking to be a gimmick team. He's been a coach that has said he would rather be in a position to match up better DEFENSIVELY and that's what it's all about. So for all of you looking at SCORING as your reasoning for the lineups you put out there, you need to place an even bigger emphasis on DEFENSE. Because DEFENSIVE MATCHUPS is what will drive who is in the lineup.