Saying that sophomore James Michael McAdoo and junior Reggie Bullock are important to the North Carolina Tar Heels is a no-brainer--of course they are.
However, deciphering which one is the more valuable, can't-live-without-presence is a daunting task.
Value can be determined by a multitude of factors. For instance, overall value could encompass what the player could potentially bring to the table: McAdoo can give two more years to the Heels, while Bullock has just one remaining.
Does that make McAdoo more valuable? Does his two-year star potential outweigh Bullock's stock?
Bullock scored a season-high 22 points in North Carolina's 61-52 ACC season-opening loss to Virginia. He played 32 minutes, shooting a healthy 7-of-9 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range.
Without Bullock, obviously, the loss would have been by much more than nine points. He's scored at least 17 points in four of his past six games. He's important.
McAdoo, though, scored just 10 points in the loss. He leads North Carolina in scoring with 14.5 points per night, but he couldn't match Bullock's pace Jan. 6 against Virginia, despite playing just two less minutes.
He shot 4-of-9, but he had seven rebounds and a steal. McAdoo provides second-chance opportunities, and that certainly counts when gauging a player's value.
We'll look at advanced stats courtesy of StatSheet before crowning one or the other, comparing vital metrics that directly measure just how important both underclassmen are to North Carolina.