The Florida Gators have the opportunity to do something special this college basketball season. They can advance to their third straight Elite Eight.
And while the Gators' starting five may not yet be finalized, they certainly have the team to do it, with Scottie Wilbekin and Kenny Boynton at guard, Eric Murphy and Casey Prather at forward, and Patric Young at center.
Although one forward and the point guard positions are still up for grabs, all five of these players have a great chance to start this season.
Here's the the best- and worst-case scenarios for the Florida Gators' starting five.
Unfortunately for Scottie Wilbekin, he will be taking the point-guard reigns from Florida great Erving Walker. Wilbekin is not Walker, but that does not mean he can't be successful.
Best Case: Wilbekin is capable of hitting the open man and knocking down shots. Florida has a balanced attack, which means Wilbekin has the opportunity to orchestrate the offense and put up quite a few points this season.
Worst Case: if he can't get the offense going, he will lose his starting position in a heartbeat.
Kenny Boynton is one of the best players in the nation. He is a great shooter who will make anyone pay when he is open. He can also drive to the basket
Best Case: If he plays smart ball and doesn't just jack up shots, he has a chance to lead the SEC in scoring and have his best season, which is saying a lot considering that he has averaged no fewer than 14 points per game in his career.
Worst Case: If Florida relies too much on Boynton, he will continue to score but his shooting percentage will plummet.
Casey Prather only played 9.5 minutes per game last season, but he should rack up the minutes this season.
Best Case: Prather develops into a decent scorer while excelling as a defender.
Worst Case: Prather struggles offensively and gets limited playing time despite his excellent defense.
Erik Murphy is Florida's secret weapon. He's 6'10'', but shoots lights-out from three-point range.
Best Case: As long as Murphy keeps knocking down the shots and playing hard defense, he will be one of this team's most valuable players. Just a year ago, Murphy averaged 10.5 points per game. With another strong season, he will improve his NBA draft stock.
Worst Case: Murphy fails to capitalize on what figure to be more scoring opportunities and loses his starting position, hurting his NBA draft stock.
No one denies that Patric Young is a great defender and rebounder, but people do deny his offensive game.
Best Case: Young plays a much bigger role in the Florida offense, averaging more than last year's 10.2 points per game. If Young can be a dominant force in the post, he will be a lottery pick in the NBA draft. No matter what, he will be a defensive machine.
Worst Case: The Gators have plenty of great shooters once again, so if Young can't prove that he is effective on offense, he will get fewer looks, which will result in fewer points and a lower position in the NBA draft.
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