Duke Basketball: Andre Dawkins and Seth Curry Provide Instant Offense Off Bench

Mike KlineAnalyst INovember 24, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 05:  (L-R) Andre Dawkins and Seth Curry of the Duke Blue Devils celebrate with the trophy after Duke won 61-59 against the Butler Bulldogs during the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 5, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Anytime a team assembles a star-studded starting lineup, it is easy to forget the other guys.

Those role players who do the little things that help a team to win. Every team has them and the Duke Blue Devils are no exception.

So it is quite a luxury to have not one, but two of those role player be good enough to start for most college teams.

When it come to the definition of instant offense, Andre Dawkins and Seth Curry personify the concept as well as anyone.

Curry, who came to Duke last season as a transfer from Liberty, came in as a highly touted scorer and of course, the brother of famed Stephen Curry and son of Dell Curry.

Dawkins came in last year essentially a year early. Having chosen to complete his high school requirements during the summer, Dawkins joined the razor thin Duke back court in 2009.

While Curry sat out last season for the required NCAA transfer red shirt period, Dawkins came out of the gate fast before his sister was tragically killed in a car accident. He struggled to find his shot and his confidence and his playing time waned.

Some outside the program even suspected Dawkins might even transfer after last season, but on the way to Duke's fourth National Title he regained some confidence and his picture perfect shot.

A solid off season left Dawkins primed for success this season and Curry, of course, having not played in a meaningful game in a year, was hungry to prove himself.

So far both have delivered.

Dawkins is averaging 11 points over 20 minutes both marked increases from last season. Curry has posted similar numbers averaging 10 points in about 21 minutes.

Dawkins is a much more confident player on the defensive end and Curry had demonstrated some quick hands having been part of nine steals.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski almost brings them off the bench at the same time if not interchangeably. Dawkins has played more on the wing using his height to average just over two rebounds per game.

Curry has spelled Kyrie Irving on the occasion he has picked up early foul trouble.

There is no doubting the value of these two role players who do more than just support their team mates. They both have the potential to be stars if on other teams but have bought into Krzyzewski's concept of team.

While the year is still young, the pair should continue to spark Duke off the bench both in the little things and in the scoring column.