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Dear Gary (on the PG I'd want in The Tournament)

Posted on: February 24, 2009 2:35 pm

Here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: It seems that having a great point guard has been important to going deep in the NCAA tournament (Derrick Rose and Mario Chalmers last year, Mike Conley and Taurean Green in 2007, etc.). Therefore, if you were a coach about to enter the NCAA tournament, who would you want starting at point guard for you from the list below?

  • Nick Calathes (Florida)
  • Sherron Collins (Kansas)
  • Darren Collison (UCLA)
  • Stephen Curry (Davidson)
  • Levance Fields (Pittsburgh)
  • Jonny Flynn (Syracuse)
  • Courtney Fortson (Arkansas)
  • Daniel Hackett (USC)
  • Curtis Jerrells (Baylor)
  • Ty Lawson (UNC)
  • Kalin Lucas (Michigan State)
  • Patrick Mills (St. Mary's)
  • Jeremy Pargo (Gonzaga)

-- Joe

Before we proceed, Joe, let's get your list fixed. Fortson, Hackett and Jerrells don't seem likely to make the NCAA tournament, and neither does Mills (at the moment). So let's take those four out and replace them with Tyreke Evans (Memphis), A.J. Price (Connecticut), Jeff Teague (Wake Forest) and, I don't know, maybe Greivis Vasquez (Maryland). If nothing else, that gives us a better list. And though I'd be tempted to take Vasquez (after what he did this past weekend) or Lawson (because he's probably the best pure point guard in college) or Calathes (because he does a little bit of everything), I think the smart pick is -- you guessed it -- Stephen Curry.


Because he's already shown he's capable of starring in March.

Remember, he did it last March.

He can run a team, hit the open man, create for others, create for himself and make huge shots when huge shots need to be made. In my opinion, Curry is the most valuable guard in the country, somebody who scores 28.6 points and dishes 5.9 assists per game despite being the primary (and sometimes only ) focus of opposing defenses. So given a choice of any point guard to coach in the NCAA tournament, I'd take Curry, cross my fingers and try to ride him to the Final Four or farther, if he was up for it.


Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2009 8:47 am

Dear Gary (on the PG I'd want in The Tournament)

In the 2 games mentioned above, R Robinson played less minutes than Collins, because his ability to defend the point.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2009 2:50 am

Dear Gary (on the PG I'd want in The Tournament)

Bah, Steph Curry over Sherron Collins? Puh-lease. Collins has actually shown that he actually has what it takes to win big-time games this year, something Curry has not. (Last year, he wasn't the PG, if you recall)

Collins, Lawson, and Levance Fields all need to above him right now. You can certainly make a case for Teague or even AJ Price.


Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2009 10:34 pm

Dear Gary (on the PG I'd want in The Tournament)

I've always been of the opinion that a guy who can only shoot 45% shouldn't be taking the plurality of his team's shots, and that's doubly true of a point guard, who should spend a little more time setting up his teammates who shoot better than he does.

I'll take Lawson.

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2009 6:42 pm

Dear Gary (on the PG I'd want in The Tournament)

Personally, I would take Levance Fields.  Stephen Curry is the most prolific, however, it is him or nothing.  Guiding a team with the talent in the tournament and the ability to do what is needed I like what I see from Fields.  However, If Michigan State makes a run Kalin Lucas will rapidly move up the list of elite PGs.  And he will prove that Ty Lawson isn't the fastest point guard in the nation with the ball.  This kid is the real deal.



Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2009 3:35 pm

Dear Gary (on the PG I'd want in The Tournament)

I'd take Levance Fields, but Curry is proven and can take over the tourney.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2009 3:09 pm

Dear Gary (on the PG I'd want in The Tournament)


Although everyone likes to state it was the Chalmers vs Rose show in the NC game last year.  Collins played 34 minutes in that game, and guarded Rose for the majority of that time.  Also, we have a comparison between Collins and Curry in the tourney last year.  Lines are;  Min.  Collins - 28 Curry - 40, Pts Collins - 5 Curry - 25, Ast Colins - 3 Curry - 3, TO Collins - 2 Curry 1.

I would think the scoring difference is based upon the supporting cast role for Collins, and the balanced scoring by Kansas throughout the year.  I think Collins gives a shut-down defense that is not provided by Curry.


Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2009 2:59 pm

Dear Gary (on the PG I'd want in The Tournament)

I have to agree with you on the addition of Jeff Teague. He really looks good out there. I think he will be ready for the next level, but I sure would love to see Wake win a championship first.

Stephen Curry is the best choice aside of an argument with Teague. Curry was unbelievable last March and I look forward to it again this year. He could end up being a one man show this year. Don't be surprised to see a 40 point game from him.

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