The supreme 2020-21 Duke basketball lineup: Wendell Moore
Not only did Wendell Moore prove as a freshman to be a capable secondary ballhandler and willing passer, but he also commanded playing time (24.0 minutes per game) by showing off his disruptive defense on the wing. At the same time, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Charlotte native displayed the necessary length, muscles, and clutch instincts to battle inside the arc.
Now, putting the versatile small forward at the two-spot in this lineup is done under the assumption that the preseason hype regarding his improved outside stroke does in fact hold merit. Also, let’s assume the game will have slowed down for Moore this go-round, meaning he will have kicked his habit of tripping over his own feet when charging full-steam ahead on drives.
However, if Moore doesn’t exhibit signs early on of improving on his abysmal 4-for-19 clip from downtown last season and his worrisome average of 4.1 turnovers per 40 minutes, then he won’t deserve a spot in this No. 1 fivesome. In that case, we’d need to slide DJ Steward to shooting guard here and put either Jeremy Roach or Jordan Goldwire at the point.
Yet seeing that Moore is a forecasted leader and possible captain as a Duke basketball sophomore, this lineup would be better off if he does now have a 2.0 version of himself to offer. No doubt there are multiple freshmen here, such as this next fella, who would look to him for guidance in dire times…