I went to the one in Chicago when we had Wiggins/Embiid and we played against Duke/Parker. That was really fun. I would recommend it. I stayed in the same hotel as Digger Phelps and I saw him at the hotel bar after the game.
Posts made by KirkIsMyHinrich
RE: Vick Coming Back
@justanotherfan I went back and forth on KJ or Moore in the end-of-game lineup. My rationale for choosing Moore is the ball-handling and free throw shooting. Also the fact that he spaces the floor better for Dedric because he’s a deep threat. KJ is obviously the better option on the defensive side of the ball because of his length. I don’t really think there is a wrong choice here. It would probably come down to which player is better for the situation based on what team Kansas is playing. Like if it’s West Virginia I would probably go Moore over KJ because so much of their offense is generated by the press. If it’s more of a finesse/offensive/shooting team like, I dunno, North Carolina or something then I might take KJ. Or if it was Duke I would put KJ on Barrett/Reddish.
RE: Vick Coming Back
Eh… I saw Vick disappear in too many games last season to say that. If Dotson starts I think he would be the fifth option in terms of scoring, but I think there will be games where he takes over as a distributor/passer/play-maker. Dotson can score too. And Moore is either KU’s best or second best outside shooter. There will be nights when he’s making 3’s and contributes a lot as a scorer. Basically I think KU is too balanced and too deep to call anyone who starts a fifth option. I will say that I think there is a definite option #1, though, and that his name is Dedric Lawson. There’s so much depth and versatility with this KU roster that Self can employ different lineups depending on the situation.
Starting Lineup: Dotson, Grimes, Vick, Dedric, Doke
Other Potential Starting Lineup: Moore, Grimes, KJ, Dedric, Doke
Offensive/End of game Lineup: Dotson, Moore, Grimes, Vick, Dedric
Defense Lineup: Garrett, Grimes, KJ, Dedric, Doke
All-Guard lineup: Dotson, Moore, Grimes, Vick, KJ (Garrett too)
Best/Optimal/Potential Scariest-For-Other-Teams Lineup: Dotson, Grimes, Vick, Dedric, De Sousa
A few comments on these lineups:
They all have Dedric and Grimes, who I think will be KU’s best players this season. And I think that fact will be reflected in their total minutes per game.
If Moore starts over Dotson, I think Vick comes off the bench. Moore and Vick are KU’s best outside shooters. If they both start, that doesn’t leave much perimeter shooting coming off the bench. I think there will be times when they are on the court together, of course. But unless another guard emerges as an above-average outside shooter, I think the lineups on the floor will include either Vick or Moore with brief times of overlap. Moore being one of the only proven quality perimeter shooters is also the reason that I think he will get more than 12 minutes per game.
The optimal lineup is based the one that I think could potentially be the best. There are a lot of ifs here. If De Sousa is eligible and develops. If Dotson develops. If Grimes develops. If Vick can stay engaged in games throughout the season (side note: he reminds me a little bit of a poor man’s Wiggins with a better stroke in this way). If Dedric lives up to the ridiculous expectations that have been placed on him by coaches/fans/writers. If all of that happens I think that this lineup could be devastating on both sides of the ball. And fast. Really, really fast. This is also the reason that I lean more towards starting Dotson than Moore, even though Moore might be the better player at the beginning of the season.
I think the first starting lineup that I have listed also gives Self the best bench for in-game damage control. If the team isn’t playing defense, Garrett and KJ (and Mitch too) can come into the game. Charlie Moore can come into the game for added shooting. And a deep roster means that anyone who isn’t hustling or giving 100% effort will sit.
RE: SUMMER LEAGUE: Phoenix v Kings ESPN @ 6:30 C
@justanotherfan I agree with you. His mechanics, though, especially on his pull-up jumper look a lot like Klay Thompson’s. The comments I was reading were from Lakers fans who haven’t watched him play much other than the summer league games. They were also throwing around Peja Stojakovic.
RE: UNDEFEATED SEASON????
I’m going to guess 4 losses. They have 4 games (assuming they play Tennessee) against Top 10 teams in the non-conference, and only one of those games is in Lawrence. Two neutral site, and one in Rupp against a UK team that looks very strong preseason and should be better by January. Then 9 road games in conference. Two games stand out on the schedule in particular, and this is what I would like to see:
- Beat Kentucky in Lexington - Because it’s Kentucky
- Blow out Villanova in Lawrence - Because we owe them
RE: Vick Coming Back
Next season by minutes (only counted for games that the players actually play in, which is why the total minutes are more than 200):
Dedric - 30
Grimes - 28
Vick - 24
Dotson - 23
Doke - 22
Moore - 20
KJ - 19
De Sousa - 18
Garrett - 18
McCormack - 6
Lightfoot - 6
Cunliffe - 4
Teahan - 2
Elliot - 2
Luinstra - 2
Agbaji - RS
RE: Random thoughts
Continuing with the random thoughts:
Kansas is at the half-way point of the conference season with 9 games played and 9 games remaining
5 of the remaining games are in Lawrence and 4 are on the road, which might be a bad thing actually
Graham played 40 minutes again. Newman played 40. Svi played 39. We will see if lack of depth takes its toll in the 2nd half of conference play.
Malik Newman had 10 rebounds last night
Mitch Lightfoot didn’t score but still had an impact on the game
KU went to the free throw line 26 times and only shot 20 3s. I’m not sure how many games they’ve shot more FTs than 3s but it can’t be a lot
Kansas doesn’t play again until Saturday against OK State. I’m hoping they can play well enough to pull Graham early
My pre-game abuse of the color purple was effective and I might start incorporating that into non-kstate games