Liquidated is just a Sean Miller hater. Pretty sure almost every player listed with 16ppg+ was a PG, SG, or SF on the small side. You can't compare eras, but I am curious how many PF or C ever scored even 10ppg or more for Lute Olson. Sean Miller has been known to present a much more balanced attack on offense and featured numerous big's.
Yes, I hate Sean Miller, every true Wildcat fan should. But underestimating Lute's big men is a classic mistake. The guard play was so stratospherically great, but AZ under Lute had excellent big men too and had you seen it, you would not have even raised the question. It was NEVER an issue of balance, and if it was then balance is meaningless because Lute went to final fours and won a championship with 'unbalanced' teams.
Lute's initial offense at AZ was classic high low post UCLA/Wooden offense that he learned at Long Beach state. 1st scoring option was ALWAYS the low post. That is essentially true of Miller's offense too.
Lute got run off the court by eastern tennessee polytechnic (who ever) and they did not have even have a center or true power forward and Lute changed everything. He opened the game up and started running. He started recruiting athletes instead of BB players. You can read his comments about it in his book. Big men suddenly did not look like Rooks, they looked like Bramlett and could run the floor...
He was also influenced by Kerrs ability to shoot the 3 and began to prioritize that in guards... which, apparently, Miller has totally ignored.
Interestingly the game is evolving more and more towards the 3 point shot now and Miller continues to hide from it, despite massive amounts of evidence (analytics) that show otherwise.
(all numbers are season average ppg and * indicate team leader for that year)
Eddie Smith (13.2) and Pete Williams (14.5*) played forward/center on Lutes first team at AZ in 1983-1984. They led the team in scoring. Freshmen Kerr averaged 7.1.
84-85 Smith (16.1*) Williams (12.5)
86-87 Tolbert (13.9)
87-88 Tolbert (14.1), Cook (13.9)
88-89 Cook (17.5)
89-90 Buechler (14.9*), Rooks (12.7), Brian Williams (10.6)
90-91 Brian Williams (14.0), Rooks (11.9)
91-92 Rooks (16.3*)
92-93 Stokes (11.5)
93-94 Owes (12.9), Blair (10.1)
94-95 Owes (15.1), Blair (12.4), Davis (9.9 almost)
95-96 Davis (14.2*)
97-98 Bramlett (10.4) -that is on a team with Dickerson (18.0), Simon (17.4), Terry (10.6) & Bibby (17.2) - All 5 starter 10+
98-99 Bramlett (14.2), Wright (13.9)
99-00 Woods (15.6*), Wright (15.5) - that is on a team with Arenas (15.4), Gardner (12.6) and Richard Jefferson (11.0), only second time ever all five starters averaged 10+.
00-01 Wright (15.6*), Woods (13.2)
01-02 Anderson (12.4), Frye (9.5...almost)
02-03 Frye (12.6), Anderson (10.7)
03-04 Frye (15.9), Iggy (12.9)
04-05 Frye (15.
, Adams (12.7) - Adams played the four most of that season.
05-06 IRad (12.1)
06-07 IRad (15.1), Budinger (15.6)
07-08 Budinger (17.1*), Hill (13.2)
08-09 Budinger (18.0), Hill (18.3*)
09-10 D. Williams (15.7*)
10-11 D. Williams (19.5*)
11-12 Hill (12.9), Perry (12.2)
12-13 Hill (13.4)
14-15 Ashley (12.2)
15-16 Anderson (15.3)
16-17 Ristic (10.9)
17-18 Ristic (12.2), Ayton (20.1*)
18-19 Jeter (10.9)
Millers inside players average lower totals - just like his guards...we score a lot fewer points now as a team and it effects the stats of every player. Again, low scoring BB is fine with me, as long as you win and low scoring teams don't win. Yes, Virginia, was total anomaly this past year, they were a high scoring team that slowed it down...and they had the easiest path to the championship in 20 years or more.
Keep in mind that all the years where a big man did not lea us in scoring we had players like Elliott and Mills and Dickerson who were doing so...