AJ did not reliably take the 3. He only took it when wife open and when not wide open if he did shoot it didn’t often go in.Can't let this go unchallenged. Tell me where you're going to make all the bolded up.
* AJ could reliably take the 3, and other guards like Ayo, Feliz, and a healthy Trent would penetrate. AJ *should* be out on the perimeter ready to receive a pass. Sure it would be great if he was a multi-level scorer, but that wasn't his role. Consider that we were not a great 3 pt shooting team (98th in the country) and you've got a 42% shooter. What do you do with him?
* Took care of the ball. 0.7 Turnovers in those 27 mpg!
* Very close to Giorgi's rebounding! He was 2nd on the team as a SG
* Having a top FT shooting guard on the team who makes good decisions helps you close out games, something we are going to need this year if we're more competitive overall.
* Good defender.
I'm not saying he was the star that Ayo was, or the miracle freshman that Giorgi was, but he was a very solid senior --the type who's production is taken for granted until about half a dozen games into the following season when people realize how important his contributions were.
Just because someone has a flashier offensive ceiling, don't think they're going to be better at taking care of the ball, decision-making, end of game FTs, defense, and getting rebounds. Those are needed to win.
Not many TOs but missed shots are similar if we don’t get the offensive rebound - his shooting % was 37%. He took less than 2 FT per game so who cares what his percent was.
Love AJ, but replace him with any average player and have 7 guys improve plus add a few horses- I think it’s safe to say we can both miss AJ, but still do better than last year...easily.