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A new year is something of a fresh start. It is also an excuse to do something that should have been done a long time ago. There is no more reason to wait. It is time for Roy Williams to organize his rotation for conference play.
Sit Tokoto; he doesn't belong in the starting lineup. He is better served as an energy guy off the bench, to spark a second unit and grab 50-50 balls.
Bring Joel James off the bench even when he returns from his injury. The young man was adequate as the starting center but brought nothing special to the table. Kennedy Meeks is a better option and seems to possess a special passing ability for a big man, especially on outlets. Brice Johnson also brings more energy and offensive ability than James could ever generate.
Either guy would be a passable option to remain in the starting lineup when James is healthy.
Play this five-man unit more to see how good it can be:
- Marcus Paige
- Leslie McDonald
- James Michael McAdoo
- Brice Johnson
- Kennedy Meeks
Coach Williams has tinkered with playing the three forwards together before. However, he did it with Tokoto in the game. With McDonald now back, he is a prototypical 2-guard. Replacing Tokoto with him would help stretch the floor and open up the middle for the three bigs, all of whom can create a shot against one defender.
It would be interesting to see how good this unit could be offensively, even if it is a downgrade on the defensive side of the ball.