How can the North Carolina Tar Heels spark offense after losing 55.2 points per game to the NBA draft?
That's the burning question on everyone's minds in Chapel Hill. The good news is there happens to be plenty of talent waiting in the wings at UNC. The points may just come a little differently than we are accustomed to in the Roy Williams system.
In 2011-12, the starters combined for 64 points per game. Of that, 33.4 points came from the post efforts of Tyler Zeller and John Henson—a whopping 52 percent of their production. That's not only due to the talent of those two bigs, but Coach Williams' scheme is also to work inside out.
Does he have the type of talent to do that now, though?
In their stead are sophomore James Michael McAdoo and freshman Joel James—neither of which has presented much of a game with their back to the basket. That could change with the work they do between now and October, but for now we can't assume that type of scoring ability will be there for the Tar Heels in 2012-13.
There is no doubt in my mind that points will be predicated on the production of the backcourt. And I have listed four areas of focus for the Tar Heels that will guarantee their efficiency on the offensive end.