I was thinking about the debate between arxpert and hamster from last night. Is this a net gain or net loss to the team that Brandon Williams (Bwill) will not be playing on this year’s team. It all depends on how two people develop and gel on next years team. The two I am talking about (and will be receiving the most minutes from the loss of Bwill) are Terry Armstrong and Max Hazzard.
Prior to all this, I have been analyzing the minutes distribution numbers for next year. I came to two conclusions; there seemed to be a log-jam of minutes at the 2-scoring guard and I had calculated insufficient minutes for both Terry Armstrong and Max Hazzard (particularly Terry A.)
How Bwill compares to Terry A and Max H:
On the plus side, Terry Armstrong is 6’6” and more athletic than Bwill. On the negative side, Bwill had one year of experience.
In regards to Max Hazzard, on the plus side Max is a 3pt shooting expert (93 out of email@example.com%) who played mostly the 2-scoring guard for UC Irvine. On the negative side, Bwill may have been the better option to back-up Nico at the point for 8 to 10 minutes. That last statement is a speculation on my part.
Is this a net gain or net loss to the team that Brandon Williams (Bwill) will not be playing on this year’s team? In a nutshell, like I said it “all depends.”
Some good points. I mentioned in another post that Jeter in my opinion is really the only returner who's departure would have drastically hurt next years team. With Nico, Josh, Terry, and Max all arriving I think that is more than enough talent to make up for Williams departure. Now I do think its a bit silly to say losing your second leading scorer and most talented guard from last year's team is a positive but I don't think the loss is as drastic as others view it. I think it hurts more in the fact that Williams was truly a wildcat fan, talking about AZ being his dream school and watching them play as a kid. Then given the fact he committed to what at the time looked like a dumpster fire (and ultimately ended up being a dumpster fire) over Oregon and powerhouse Gonzaga speaks volumes for his love of the wildcats.
Though the person that really benefits from this is Armstrong. Kid has as much potential as anyone on the roster despite being a bit raw. But that hasn't stopped Miller from sitting someone as such (Kobi/ Randolph/ Chance). But with Williams gone I think there's no way you can sit Armstrong and it could ultimately prove to be very beneficial to his development.