The early season has been a big disappointment and Seth's injury was a big reason for that. I'm not delusional about his ability and I know he's not going to fix all of our problems. He would have been our starting PG to begin the season and I expected him to be the best 3-point shooter on the team. Losing him hurt, as it would have hurt any team. Unfortunately, lacking a legitimate PG has been a recurring theme around here the past few years. (Am I the only one thinking "What if Turgeon had kept Sterling Gibbs in College Park??")
Seth's back!!! He couldn't come back soon enough... But missed his chance to be the starting PG and if things go according to plan from here forward, he will never be the starting PG for the Terps.
Another recent Fanpost discusses the difference between a PG, a SG and a Combo guard, so I won't go into that but I will say that we know the distinction between the traditional five positions can be fuzzy in college basketball.
Our best PG is Roddy Peters.
Our best SG is.... A healthy Seth Allen!
The Terps #1 SF is Dez Wells. He's a traditional college SF that doesn't have the size to play the position in the NBA. We sometimes mislabel him as a combo guard because he wants to be a guard and we often play him with other SFs (Layman, Faust).
Trying to win games in the ACC, Turgeon is going to need to find a way to get our best players out on the court playing a game that looks like real basketball. We need to have a starting five that gets the job done, so I ask you Who should be the starting five for the Terps? If you want to caveat your answer for before and after Seth proves himself to be healthy and effective, go ahead.
With a healthy Seth, given what I've seen so far, my starting five looks like this:
PG: Hot Roddy
SG: Sweet Shooting Seth
SF: Dez "please dunk it sometime" Wells
Sure, I'm starting a small lineup but I want Roddy out there creating opportunities for Seth, Dez, and Layman. Our "Center" spot has been giving us so little this season, especially early in games, so I want Graham in there battling for rebounds. He knows his place in the offense and should be (could only be?) less jittery than Mitchell/Cleare.
Faust, Smo, and Mitchell as your first sub's off the bench based on whichever starters forget to bring their A-Game.
Anyway, I've got my fingers crossed and am hoping things take a big turn for the better with Seth's return. It will certainly be interesting to see how things play out.
Again I ask you, who should be our starting five?