Two years ago, North Carolina's frontline (Tyler Zeller, Harrison Barnes and John Henson) was college basketball's gold standard. This Tar Heel trio consistently carried Carolina in scoring defense and rebounding.
Last year, Carolina head coach Roy Williams had to resort to playing small ball to utilize his perimeter talent, but also to cover for a lack of upfront talent. While UNC is not going to dominate the frontcourt like they did in 2011-12, there is a chance they will be more prepared in 2013-14 to play power basketball again.
James Michael McAdoo is the key to this emergence. He has all of the tools to be a 20/10 guy, but he has to consistently bring the effort and intensity to pull that off.
Williams may again use a frontline-by-committee approach, relying on Joel James, Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks to fill the other post position.
Small forward is being covered by J.P. Tokoto for now. If or when P.J. Hairston is cleared to play, the assumption is that he will be instantly inserted into the starting lineup.
The combinations and possibilities are numerous. It is hard to come up with another team that has as many quality 3s, 4s and 5s to deploy. The actual results from the UNC bigs will be determined through their in-game execution.