In part two of my potential line-ups, I went with all seniors compared to all freshmen in part one. Now, it’s time to mix it up with the best players on the roster. This will probably be the easiest line-up that I will put together. As I have mentioned before and I will say it again; this team is the deepest far as depth that Pastner has had since his days begun in 2009.
Here’s the line-up:
PG Joe Jackson
SG Michael Dixon
SF Nick King
PF Austin Nichols
C Shaq Goodwin
In this line-up, you have two seniors, two freshmen and one sophomore. I told y’all that I was going to mix it up a tab bit. Jackson has been running the point guard position since his freshman season, so he’s the man for the job. He has proven that he can play under pressure and carry a team on his shoulders. At shooting guard, there’s Michael Dixon. Dixon is the former Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year winner from Missouri. He could easily play at the point guard position, but he’s a better shooter than Jackson. Jackson is better at breaking down a defense.
At small forward, I had to put East High School’s standout Nick King. He’s quick on his feet to stand at 6-7. He can also shoot from long range and rebound at ease. With him on the court with Dixon and Jackson, Memphis will have many options to go to for scoring points. Austin Nichols will be the x-factor at the power forward position because of his athleticism. He still has to put on some weight, but his skill set is just unbelievable. He can take his defender off the dribble and face up to shoot a mid-range jump shot.
Returning to the Tigers for his sophomore season, Goodwin has the best chance of redeeming himself from how last season ended. He finished with averages of 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. These stats could definitely improve due to the fact that Goodwin dropped down to 242 pounds. He has bounce in his legs and seems more athletic at practice.
This line-up could compete with any starting five in the nation. This line-up consists of leadership, athleticism and balance. Pastner wants leadership and balance among his players. Well, with this line-up, he will definitely get that and a lot more.