Duke Basketball: Ranking Duke's Starting 5 in Order of Importance
The Duke Blue Devils will have a solid player at every position in the 2012-13 college basketball season. All five of their starters will play a big role in their success this season, but as often is the case, the roles of some players will be more important than others.
For the purposes of this article, here is the presumed starting five for the Blue Devils:
Point Guard: Quinn Cook
Shooting Guard: Seth Curry
Small Forward: Amile Jefferson
Power Forward: Ryan Kelly
Center: Mason Plumlee
Read on to see the ranking of Duke's starting five in order of importance.
5. Amile Jefferson
Amile Jefferson could very well be the best scoring forward at Duke thanks to his tremendous post game, but he will likely play at the small forward position, which will force him to take more shots from the perimeter.
Jefferson's shot is still a process in the works.
However, Jefferson is very athletic and plays mad defense. He is still very important to the team and will get to show off his inside talents as the season progresses.
4. Ryan Kelly
Ryan Kelly is a double threat in terms of being able to post up and shoot the long ball. However, we all know that Kelly's main asset is draining threes.
Kelly could definitely work on his inside game, but he isn't the worst player in the world in this department.
Duke will rely on Kelly to hit clutch shots, play hard D and grab rebounds.
3. Mason Plumlee
Mason Plumlee was pretty solid last season, averaging 11.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, but the Blue Devils will need a lot more out of him this season if they plan on going deep into the NCAA tournament.
Plumlee will obviously be the key rebounder on the team, but they will also need him to score more points this season and possibly be the second option on offense.
Expect Plumlee to have a breakout season in his final year at Duke.
2. Quinn Cook
Quinn Cook only played 11.7 minuter per game last season with the Blue Devils, but that is because Duke had Seth Curry and Austin Rivers.
With Rivers no longer on the team and Curry moving to shooting guard, Cook will take over as the team's main floor general.
Cook has been working on his game like no other over the offseason, and he will be one of the most important players for the Blue Devils in 2012. Duke will rely on Cook to set up plays and find the open man, just like every point guard.
The better Cook plays, the better the team gets.
1. Seth Curry
Seth Curry will be the go-to guy on Duke next season, which automatically makes him the most important player on the team.
Sure, Rasheed Sulaimon and Mason Plumlee will play big roles when it comes to scoring points, but for the time being, Curry will be the man for the Blue Devils.
Curry should have his best season in a Duke uniform simply for the fact that he will finally be playing at his natural position. He is clearly suited better as a shooting guard, and his 13.2 ppg average from last season will skyrocket in 2012 as a result of the switch.
Curry will take all of the last second shots, he will be relied on to come up big in clutch situations and he will be the leader of this team.
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