As you already know, the last time that the Michigan Wolverines were ranked #1 was during the 1992-1993 basketball season, when the fab five were in their second and final year of playing together. Other than the #1 ranking, there are actually a number of other similarities between that team and this year's team. Since it is snowing outside and I don't work on Fridays, I thought it would be interesting to compare the impact players from both teams. Chart? Chart.
|'92-'93 Impact Players|
|Player||1992- 1993 stats (avg/game)||Draft Info||Other Notable Facts|
|Chris Webber||19.2 pts, 10.2 rebs, 2.5 asst, 2.9 TO, 2.5 blk||#1 draft pick 1993||1993 1st Team All-American. In the range of #60-75 all-time NBA player. Ranked by ESPN as the #11 power forward of all-time. 5 time NBA all-star.|
|Jalen Rose||15.4 pts, 4.2 rebs, 3.9 asst, 3.1 TO, 0.4 blk||#13 draft pick 1994||1994 Consensus 2nd team All-American, NBA All-Rookie Second Team|
|Juwan Howard||14.6 pts, 7.4 rebs, 1.9 asst, 2.6 TO, 0.4 blk||#5 draft pick 1994||NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1995), All-NBA Third Team (1996), NBA All-Star (1996)|
|Jimmy King||10.8 pts, 4.4 rebs, 3.1 asst, 2.3 TO, 0.5 blk||#35 draft pick 1995|
|Ray Jackson||9.0 pts, 4.1 rebs, 2.3 asst, 1.5 TO, 0.3 blk||undrafted|
|Eric Riley||5.6 pts, 4.8 rebs, 0.4 asst, 1.0 TO, 0.9 blk||#33 draft pick 1993|
|Rob Pelinka||4.3 pts, 2.1 rebs, 1.0 asst, 0.5 TO, 0.0 blk||undrafted|
|James Voskuil||3.1 pts, 1.8 rebs, 0.5 asst, 0.7 TO, 0.2 blk||undrafted|
|'12-'13 Impact Players|
|Player||Season Stats (avg/game)||Anticipated Draft Status||Other Notable Facts and Projections|
|Trey Burke||17.9 pts, 3.0 rebs, 7.1 asst, 1.9 TO, 0.4 blk||2013 1st Round||Likely All-American, First Team All-Big Ten, Big Ten POY and candidate for National POY|
|Tim Hardaway Jr.||15.5 pts, 5.0 rebs, 2.6 asst, 2.2 TO, 0.6 blk||2014 Late 1st Round or Early 2nd Round||Candidate for All Big Ten this year, and should be a lock for Big Ten honors if he stays for his senior year.|
|Glen Robinson III||12.1 pts, 5.8 rebs, 1.3 asst, 1.0 TO, 0.2 blk||2014 1st Round||Could make a run at Big Ten POY next season if he stays.|
|Nik Stauskas||12.6 pts, 3.0 rebs, 1.3 asst, 1.0 TO, 0.3 blk||2015 1st Round||More than just a shooter. Canadian.|
|Jordan Morgan||6.4 pts, 5.2 rebs, 0.4 asst, 1.2 TO, 0.2 blk||Undrafted|
|Mitch McGary||5.6 pts, 6.0 rebs, 0.4 asst, 1.0 TO, 0.7 blk||2015 Late 1st Round or Early 2nd Round||Great motor.|
|Caris Levert||3.0 pts, 0.9 rebs, 1.1 asst, 0.3 TO, 0.1 blk||Too hard to tell, could be drafted after Junior or Senior seaons.|
|Jon Horford||2.6 pts, 2.6 rebs, 0.3 asst, 0.4 TO, 0.6 blk||Unlikely that he will be drafted, but has potential|
|Team||78.0 pts, 37.0 rebs, 15.0 asst, 9.0 TO, 3.0 blk||Preseason #5 ranking, climbed to #1 in week 13 (ahead of Kansas and Indiana), anticipate a final top 5 ranking. Should finish either 1st or 2nd in the Big Ten Conference and make a strong NCAA Tournament run. 2-1 against currently ranked opponents.|
*Disclaimer: I am not an NBA scout, and I do not even play one on TV. My "anticipated draft status" is a combination of what I have read online, and my own untrained opinion. There is a very very good chance that both THJ and GRIII could enter the draft after this season. Draft Express only had them in their 2014 mock draft the last I saw, so that is where I have them for now.
Comparing the two teams (I am just going to use present tense and assume that time travel already happened): Both teams have 4 players averaging double digits PPG and both teams do a good job controlling the boards. Both have similar win percentages against ranked teams, but of course the 2012-2013 team has a much smaller sample size at this point; the next couple of weeks will give us a better sample of what this year's team can do against elite competition. The '92-'93 team was elite at blocking shots, but also turned the ball over at a much higher rate. The '12-'13 team plays a slower pace, but takes better care of the ball and has a much better assist to turnover ratio. The '92-'93 team featured that year's #1 draft pick and a second rounder, as well as 2 future first rounders and a future second round pick. It remains to be seen what is in store for this year's team in upcoming drafts, but they probably have 2 players who could go in the first round this year if they chose to leave early and another who could probably go in the second round this year. In total, I expect that this year's roster will match the '92-'93 roster with eventually 5 drafted players, and could add a sixth or even a seventh (optimism!!).
Questions: Who is the better team? Who is the more fun team to watch? If both teams were in this year's NCAA Tournament, who would have a better chance to win the title? I will post the answer key after all tests have been submitted.