- Feb 12, 2009
Why are you replacing Baldwin with Clarke in the starting lineup?
Baldwin is a pass first pg who gets everyone else involved first, he already has an established chemistry with bones going back at least 5 yesars starting with the tressi gang.
LOOOOVE Tre Clark, Love Bones Hyland....but Ace Baldwin is a true point guard that 1000% needs to be our starting PG.
The Statistical Reasoning:
Ace 36.7% (it was up over 40%)
Note: that assist rate from Ace currently is better than any season from Marcus Evans, Johnny Williams, JeQuan Lewis, Briante Weber, Darius Theus, Joey Rodriguez and is better than Eric's freshman season and if he can get back up over 41% (where he was), it would be better than any of Eric's assist rate seasons as well. That's a big deal.
So just clearly the best assist to turnover ratio we've got on this team.
The long and short of it is it's just a different position and Ace is reminding us all what it's like to have a "true PG" running that spot. It's like playing Walter Peyton at QB over Jim McMahon because he's a better overall player. Sometimes you can do some different things with your lineups and sometimes really having guys who have certain abilities in certain positions is actually a really big deal and can make an offense go. So with that, it's why you're seeing Tre come off the bench as our backup point guard, but also as a backup 2-guard AND in our three-guard lineup, sometimes a backup 3 as well. So there's Tre serious value, is while he may not start, he is coming in at three different positions and getting a good amount of burn as well his sophomore year (6th on the team in minutes at 17 mpg, up from 7.3 last season and keep in mind Troy Daniels, an NBA player, averaged 6 and then 4 minutes his first two seasons when Mike was Associate Head Coach under Shaka...so Tre is getting some real burn here as a sophomore). Then I think in a similar way, that's why you get Bones as the starting 2 over Tre, because of his proven ability to consistently hit threes (41.9% career 3p%) and thus, help spread the floor. It's been great to see Vince get hot from deep this season (I pray that sticks), but so far Bones is the only guy on the roster who has CONSISTENTLY shown he can get hot and stay hot from deep. It's really a positional thing and I think why you'll see that unique ability keep him playing big minutes even if you can make a case that Tre is our best all-around guard (leads that trio in overall +/- and is second to Bones in PER...but clearly is our best defensive guard right now).
So yeah, I just think it's a positional thing. Either way, all these dudes are gonna play and as long as they all keep their heads right, they are all gonna keep improving and all have serious serious career potential if they just (and I hate to go here with it...)..."trust the process".