Still think Dexter should be starting over Paige?
If Paige isn't a Felton or Lawson, is he a Frasor? Frasor's freshmen year seemed to do well for him. The direct correlation remains between playing time for freshman point guards and future success.
Rob's stat comparison, player efficiency comparison, etc. here is also misleading, since it's based on Dex's performance as a starting two-guard (his natural position) rather than as a starting point guard. Put him back at point, and all those numbers drop. Which does Dex more of a disservice, leaving Paige where he is and letting the team coalesce as he adjusts and grows, or putting Dex back in a position that he never played until college, and that netted him the lowest ppg, apg, spg, shooting percentages, PER, and most turnovers of his career?
Dex is a solid back-up and a phenomenal defensive two-guard. That's where we need him. If Roy wants him to get more minutes at point when we play teams with scoring-minded point guards, I'm all for that too.
Here's a better link to that article:
Starting Dex at point would be a decision on par with starting Drew over Marshall two years ago. You mention Dex's "substantial experience" at point guard in 2010--have you forgotten how that season panned out?
Roy's most successful teams are led by point guards who hit the ground running as freshmen. Felton started all 35 games as a freshman--that season was terrible, but he ended up getting us a national championship. You mention Frasor starting over Lawson, but fail to mention that Lawson started 31 of 38 games that year as a freshman (and later brought us another championship). Frasor did, however, start every game the previous season as a freshman--and, guess what, also ended up with a national championship on his resume.
It's not about this year this year, it's about the years to come. No need to let a rebuilding year go to waste and force Paige to acclimate to starting as a sophomore, when he could go ahead and take his lumps during a lump-taking season. It'll benefit us in a couple years.
Here's a better take on the situation from over a month ago:
Plus, Roy loves offense onslaughts off the bench and that's exactly what McDonald and Hairston give us. Start McDonald next year, and Hairston the year after that. He'll stick around.
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