February 12, 2010
After watching the Tar Heels fade away down the stretch the other night to Dook, at the Dean E Smith Center, I started asking myself a question:
If there was some magical wand I could wave that would bring one Heel back from last years' team to put on this squad, which one would be the most helpful?
My choice was easily narrowed down to Tyler H. and Ty Lawson. Yes, I know Tyler was a senior so he had to go...and I took that into consideration when deciding...
However even if I could have him back, I would still go with Tywan. The Heels are in dire straights of solid and consistent backcourt distribution, ball security, points and effective speed in transition.
Lawson brings all that and more. He became a real perimeter threat last season, and I know he could be scoring over 17 points a game if needed to this year for Carolina.
He is a superior on-ball defender, he has supreme court vision and his assist to turnover ratio is off the charts. Had he stayed, I sincerly believe the Heels would be more like 19-4 instead of 13-10, and would be 7-2 in the ACC instead of 2-7.
Hansbrough would help too, but without a pair of capable hands to steer the wheel and press the gas for the UNC Machine, it really doesn't matter how much horsepower, or should I say hansbroughpower you have under the hood.
Don't get me wrong, Tyler would make a HUGE difference...but I think overall, teams would be better prepared come game time with a plan to defeat the Heels with him down-low...along with the current guards, then they would if Lawson was the floor general...pushing the ball so that Henson could play more minutes at the three spot while Ginyard, and Strickland took turns playing the off guard, along with mixing in Graves (at both the 2 and 3 spot) and benefiting from open looks for three outside....
(Yes Graves can play some shooting guard if the heels ever decided to play some zone defense for extended stretches...but that might be too novel for Ole Roy....So then... Lawson, Ginyard, Henson, Thompson and Davis would be the starters...with Strickland backing up Lawson and Ginyard, Graves backing up Henson and Ginyard, while McDonald would be my spot swingman sub and Drew...well Drew would be left out...)
In essence, what I am saying is Carolina would be more dynamic, dangerous, and much harder to defend if Tywan was in the sky blue...
Now tell me what you think