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Great read. Thanks for sharing.
UK representing! Too bad their data only goes back to 1997. I'd like to see how the 96 squad fared also.
2. Kentucky 1997-98
Top Six in Rotation (Poss%): Wayne Turner (19.2), Scott Padgett (20.1), Jeff Sheppard (21.7), Allen Edwards (19.4), Nazr Mohammed (24.1), Heshimu Evans (20.5)
Tubby Smith's first Wildcats team was a classic, no-star crew, lacking a Lottery Pick or a first-team All-America rep. The only champs since to fit the same, unsung profile are 2009-10 Duke, whose best player, Jon Scheyer, was a second-team All-American and a second-round pick in the NBA draft.
1. Kentucky 2011-12
Top Six in Rotation (Poss%): Marquis Teague (21.1), Anthony Davis (19.2), Doron Lamb (18.2), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (21.4), Terrence Jones (22.3), Darius Miller (18.7)
So there you have it: Kentucky '12 is the most balanced title team of the past 16 years -- and potentially much longer than that, if the data were available to prove it. To have top-two draft picks using just 19.2 and 21.4 percent of possessions is not in any way normal. This is what's more typical: The No. 1 pick in 2011, Kyrie Irving, used 27.2 percent of Duke's possessions, and the No. 2 pick Derrick Williams, used 28.7 percent of Arizona's. The No. 1 pick in 2010, Kentucky's John Wall, had a usage rage of 27.3, and the No. 2 pick, Ohio State's Evan Turner, used 34.3.
In three weeks, the No. 1 and 2 picks in the NBA draft are likely to be Kentucky freshmen Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the faces of college hoops' first One-And-Done Champs. Their Kentucky team's legacy will be very much tied to how quickly its players left Lexington; there was so much discussion over the merits of John Calipari's one-and-done model that it was bound to be a massive deal if it actually produced a champ.
I think I'm in the minority for the most part but I think the 12' team would run the 96' team. Before the season started I thought the 96' team was the most talented team maybe ever. I have two reasons for thinking this;
1.) the defense on the 12' team was just ridiculous. Where would the interior scoring for the 96' team come from?
2.) if the two teams played each other style versus style, I'm not sure the 96' could press the 12' effectively enough to beat them.
Either way, its a fun debate. Its also pretty cool that arguably the two most talented (hat UNLV team has to get some love too) NCAA teams were both from UK.
And Cobby, I HATE HATE HATE every team that's ever laced em up at dUKe but don't forget that fluke championship team of dUKe also had Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith as well.
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