Part one from yesterday was very interesting as I used all freshmen in the starting line-up. Hey, it wouldn’t hurt to let those guys get exposure during the early part of the season. Most of the recruiting class are not NBA ready, so expect them all to come back after the seniors are gone. To see Markel Crawford, Nick King, Kuran Iverson, Austin Nichols and Dominic Woodson play together would be something special to tell you the truth. These guys are athletic and knows how to play the game at the highest level. Enough of them now as I turn the page to part two of the potential line-ups that Pastner could use at times during the season.
Here’s the line-up:
PG Joe Jackson
SG Michael Dixon
SF Geron Johnson
PF Chris Crawford
C David Pellom
I simply had to put the Four Kings together in a line-up due to the fact that they call themselves such a name. It will be very interesting to see how these guys jell together. According to CBSSports.com, Memphis’ backcourt is considered to best in the nation and these guys haven’t stepped onto the court yet. As of right now, it looks good on paper but it still remains to be seen. Jackson, Johnson and Crawford each scored in double-digits last season and finished with over 100 assists each. Jackson was the most improved of all when he shot over 50 percent from the field and led the team in scoring (13.6). He has the chance to repeat last season’s success, but he can’t be selfish with the basketball. Dixon can score and run an offense as well. Before he arrived at Memphis, he averaged 13.5 points and 3.3 assists a game during the 2011-2012 season at Missouri. In the same year, he was named Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year. Putting all of the these talented guards together would make a nice appetizer before Memphis Madness on Oct. 18.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot about George Washington graduate transfer David Pellom, who had an awesome junior season. He averaged 10.4 points and 6.1 rebounds a game and shot a school record 68.5 percent from the field. As a big man, it was a big accomplishment to put up these kind of numbers. Even an average guard couldn’t put up these numbers. I would have to start him at center because of his leadership to play alongside the Four Kings. All of them are leaders and has a chance to prove it. As I mentioned in a earlier post, Pastner wants leadership on the court during the season. He’s definitely expecting the seniors to get it done and lead by example.
I wanted to put Dixon at the point guard position, but he’s a great shooter. When I saw him in person at the Bluff City Classic during the summer, he had no problem of letting it rip from long range. Jackson seems more comfortable running the offense so I would leave him at home base. Johnson is too quick and would be a great fit at small forward. Some forwards are slow so, Johnson will be able to keep his man in front of him and force a bad shot. Crawford is quick as well and there are not many power forwards who can run the floor like a Austin Nichols or Cody Zeller. Pellom has that old man’s game. There’s nothing fancy about his style of play; he just knows how to play the center position.
It’s a good possibility that the fans will see this line-up a lot during the season because all of these guys have played on the collegiate level for a long time. They know what it takes to win and are very open to helping each other out.
Part 3 of the potential line-ups will post on tomorrow so be sure to tune in.