Can’t say I disagree with your top 8 and the order in which you portray them but, as we have learned in the past, Coach Reed will play those who show they can defend as well as score. What we have seen to date and have, no doubt, been impressed with is each player’s ability to score. Nice but that’s only half the story. What I’ll be watching in the coming days is what each player can deliver on “D.” As a team, we’re off to a shaky start when compared to the last two years (see stats below). I realize it’s a very small sample size but one worth keeping an eye on.
Function / This year / 2012-13 / 2011-12
PPG / 79.5 / 65.2 / 65.4
FG% / .429 / .416 / .414
3FG% / .372 / .297 / .326
Blocks per game / 2.5 / 3.4 / 3.0
Steals per game / 4.0 / 7.1 / 7.7
Forced TOs / 10.0 / 13.7 / 14.4