Now that the BallDurham team has completed the draft, it is now time to delve into our rosters and breakdown the minutes for each player and create the best opportunity to win this championship. After several hours in the War Room (ok minutes) and grueling preseason workouts (100 pushups, ok 50) I have put together an arrangement that can pull out a few wins. Here’s the breakdown:
|PG- Bobby Hurley 28 min||PF- Mark Alarie 14 min|
|SG- JJ Redick 30 min||PG- Chris Duhon 8 min|
|SF- Gene Banks 26 min||SF- Gerald Henderson 10 min|
|PF- Shane Battier 30 min||C- Alaa Abdelnaby 15 min|
|C- Carlos Boozer 25 min||SG- Daniel Ewing 6 min|
|SG- Austin Rivers 4 min|
|PG- Quin Snyder 4 min|
Being the 4th pick in the draft, I knew that there would be a few players who I would not have an opportunity to draft so I had to make sure that I drafted for substance. It wasn’t enough for me to just pick the player on the board that had the most points. I wanted players who could contribute in other ways as well.
For instance, Mark Alarie will not only gives me a viable scoring option, he also helps on the boards and has a pretty decent field goal percentage. Daniel Ewing will be receiving more minutes than Austin Rivers for the simple reason that Ewing will generate more steals and assists than Rivers would. I think that it was crucial for me to get Shane Battier and JJ Redick on this team. Battier was my first pick. I don’t think anyone would argue with his efficiency while he was in a Duke uniform. Redick was my second pick and I think while scoring is not everything, you can’t go wrong with a volume scorer such as him.
After that I wanted to grab the number one assist man in Duke history, in Bobby Hurley. Then grabbing two monsters like Gene Banks and Carlos Boozer were pivotal for this team. That rounded out the starters. For the bench, the strategy was to find players that would compliment the ones I already had. I loved being able to select Alaa Abdelnaby in the later rounds. He is a reliable post scorer and with his rebounding and blocks he will make a lot of noise for this team.
One thing that this draft proves is just how many great players that have played at Duke. There were some late round picks and even some that were left on the board that really made an impact in a Duke uniform.