Duke basketball: Best insta-offense lineup for 2020-21 Blue Devils

Duke basketball forward Matthew Hurt (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Duke basketball forward Matthew Hurt (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /
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Which five on the Duke basketball roster could put points on rush delivery?

Hooray for defense, but the objective of the game is in its name: ball-in-basket. And seeing that Duke basketball teams aren’t immune to ball-in-basket droughts, save maybe the 1998-99 Blue Devils, the 2020-21 collection might as well plan for the inevitable issue. Because even though the best offense is a good defense — or insert similar cliché here — reopened scoring clinics and odds-defying comebacks don’t come to pass without several scorers dazzling in unison.

In other words, sometimes, all the surest bucket-getters should be on the floor at the same time, even if defense be damned. So what might that particular Duke basketball lineup look like next season? First, we’re assuming there will be a season; at this point, though, it seems there will be, yet likely a significantly delayed and shortened version, minus fans. Next, we must browse the names of all 11 potential regulars:

  • Senior combo guard Jordan Goldwire
  • Senior big man Patrick Tape
  • Junior wing Joey Baker
  • Sophomore stretch-four Matthew Hurt
  • Sophomore small forward Wendell Moore
  • Freshman point guard Jeremy Roach
  • Freshman combo guard DJ Steward
  • Freshman combo forward Jalen Johnson
  • Freshman power forward Jaemyn Brakefield
  • Freshman power forward Henry Coleman
  • Freshman center Mark Williams

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Now, let’s get started with a look at who should slide over to the point whenever large batches of baskets suddenly become a necessity…