Picking my team involved a very specific strategy: I wanted rebounders and scorers and elite defenders. To do that, my first pick had to be the best combination of those skills so I chose Shelden Williams over guys like Grant Hill and Christian Laettner. Sure, Williams didn’t win championships like those two but statistically, he provides one of the rarest stat lines of all Duke players: 3.7 blocks per game.
That absurd number coupled with his 18 points and 10 rebounds meant I was locked in with the best post player. On the way back around, I drafted Jason Williams who needs no defending of this pick. I complimented Jay with two more 20-4-4 guys in Jim Spanarkel and Nolan Smith. Giving me a three guard rotation that averaged 21-4-5 in their best seasons. I feel confident I have the best trio of guards.
I then loaded up in the post by adding Mason Plumlee, fresh off his 17-10 year, and Cherokee Parks a 14 and 8 guy that contributed over 2 blocks per game.
To give my team a stretch four element, I added in Luol Deng and Ryan Kelly. Neither turn the ball over very much and contribute solidly in every category. To fill out my depth, I added Chris Carrawell and his ACC POY season, David Henderson, and Demarcus Nelson to give me a fierce rebounding guard.
My rotation is going to be set as such:
|G – Jason Williams 30 min||G – Nolan Smith 20 min|
|G – Jim Spanarkel 30 min||F – Chris Carrawell -10 min|
|F – Luol Deng 25 min||F – Ryan Kelly 10 min|
|F – Mason Plumlee 30 min||C – Cherokee Parks 10 min|
|C – Shelden Williams 30 min||G – Demarcus Nelson 5 min|
|F – David Henderson|
|C – Shavlik Randolph|
I hope to utilize my great post advantage by playing Plumlee and Williams simultaneously and joining them with bigger wings and dynamic guards. A Smith-Williams-Spanarkel-Plumlee-Williams lineup would put all my best players on the floor at once and provide great scoring, rebounding, passing, and defense.