If you could choose one B1G player to take and put on the Michigan roster for the final four who would it be?
I would take Deshaun Thomas because of his scoring* and height to match Syracuse.
Craft because if you haven't heard, his defense is spectacular.
His defense wasn't nearly as spectacular in the tournament since the refs actually called his go-to hand-check move.
Is scroing like teabagging?
... from a need perspective.
Oladipo from an excitement perspective. Don't think we need Thomas.
zeller didn't fare so well against the Syracuse 2-3 zone
Thomas would be the perfect 4 for Beilein's system. Plus he plays a position that lacks depth and experience. GR3 can disappear at times, but Thomas can hit any shot at any time. One player wont fix the entire defense...
Nix or Zeller
Nix would be too busy running up the room service bill at the team hotel.
Watford. A big who can shoot would be very helpful tomorrow.
Craft.. we need a decent PG
He is way better than Burke.
And he can shoot.
We have enough guards and wing players so I'd go for a big who can score inside.Zeller seems to be the obvious choice.Payne would be nice because he can shoot from the outside and rebound.Another off the wall pick would be Mbakwe (sp?) from Minny a very good inside player imo
we have plenty of guards and wings, what we need are bigs down low in the block.
Zeller and Payne would be my choices.
Thomas and Craft are great players, but we've already got similar types of players. We need bigs.
Give me D. Thomas all day long, the guy can shoot, rebound and is athletic and long, this is a no-brainer. In fact, he would be perfect in our line-up.
Nix is inconsistent and Zeller is soft and Oladipo disappears offensively way too often.
We don't need anyone else on the floor, so at least we'd get something to talk about.
Thomas or Payne. Adding a bigger stretch 4 would make this team largely unstoppable. Glenn can shoot, but it's a fair strategy to risk it if you're the opposition, I think.
he had such a stellar game against Syracuse earlier in the tournament that.......wait - never mind
Aquaman. I think his ability to communicate with fish would be especially helpful against the Syracuse zone.
Zeller is a no. He is soooo overrated. No post moves and is very soft. I would have to say Oladipo. He could D up MCW and slash at will with attention to Trey.
I don't understand how people can say stuff like this when Zeller murdered us on our home floor in a B1G regular season championship game. Not saying he's the best fit for our team with Mitch playing so well, but the kid is a great player and could play for my team any day of the week.
In our offense he would be dangerous.
Sam Dekker. If you're gonna break a 4 year drought at least get the name right. Sheesh.
Eric Decker catches balls from Peyton Mannings Heisman runner-up arm
Payne would have to be the choice. A big who can shoot it
Easily Adreian Payne...6'11" and a true 4 with the ability to stretch the floor...
Our lineup of Burke, Hardaway, Robinson, Payne, and McGary would be unreal...
Stauskas as a dagger 3pt shooter off the bench...
I really hope he goes to the NBA, because that kid with another year of development and a jumpshot is pretty scary...
Interesting debate actually.
What's interesting is how content I really am with this team. Of course that has to do with watching this team for the whole season up until this point and knowing that each person on the roster brings something to the table that makes this team what it really is -truly, special. The only time I'd actually yearn for another player/replacement would be during the times of rough patches some of our guys have gone through. The thing about those rough patches though, is that it seems the other players stepped up and really made known why they are apart of the team in the first place. When Hardaway's been cold, Burke, Stauskas, GRIII showed up. When GRIII slumped, the other guys picked up the pieces. When the majority of the team was cold against OSU at home, Hardaway kept us alive with three after three.
It really would be hard to put Aaron Craft on this team. Maybe a replacement for Burke over Spike? He ain't taking THJ's spot. Payne/Zeller for one of our bigs? Maybe. But now that we know Mitch is the future of our post, I'm not sure I want anybody over him. Also, for Deshaun Thomas to take a roster spot, a LOT of shots from the rest of the team would go away; he's a guy who needs his shots and that I think would be frustrating at times I'd think for Ohio fans (though, yes he is very good and was the majority of their offense this season because he had to be). I know I'm taking the fun out of this debate so I'll go ahead and be human and give a few guys I suppose I wouldn't hate if they donned the Maize n' Blue:
Trevor Mbawke. I like him very much; REBOUNDING! Jordan Hulls to replace Stauskas when he's cold; it seemed he missed maybe 5 shots all season that I saw, everything else went in. Adriene Payne; just a different type of player I think Beilein could utilize. Victor Oladipo for obvious reasons but really becasue he's shown he can be a very efficient and exciting player without taking a majority load (of offense).
I would use him to foul the worst FT shooter on the team (has to be a big guy ... right?) and NEVER give up an easy basket. He can be a monster on the boards!
We don't need anyone else for defense or offense .... and holy crap I'm seeing posters saying someone from ohio or sparty ? WTF
Oladipo or Thomas. Both bring D, length, and the ability to score and rebound. Plus, the team wouldn't have to adjust much to slide them into the rotation.
To add a different name, and based on the opponent, Brandon Paul
I'd pick Oladipo. He could play in place of Stauskas (and sometimes Hardaway) and he can shoot the three and play great defense (and rebound).
Drew Crawford to back up the 3 or 4.
B/c if so, Alex Len. If not, Payne would be my pick.
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I can't +1 yet, but consider yourself +1'd in my heart.
It's hypothetical but you wouldn't want to dramatically alter the rotation at this point of the season. Payne is a talented player who fills a need, he could slide in by absorbing the Morgan / Horford minutes (providing an upgrade) and stealing some minutes from the other front court players.
Height, skill, doesn't upset the rotation.
from wiscy with the orange 'fro.
because how cool is that?
Extra elbows, fouls and board. Maybe big Jared from Wiscy, but I like Mbakwe better because he can run the floor with our crew.
Oladipo. Insane athleticism combined with a pretty good outside shot and shut-down defense. Deshaun Thomas would probably be 2nd because he is a great shooter but I'm confused by the people saying he is athletic. The dude moves around the court like an old man. He is the opposite of smooth and athletic which is why he won't amount to much in the NBA, IMO.
should always be Glenn Robinson Sr., "Big Dog".
#41 Glen Rice
I know, we have enough shooters, but he is 6'4", over 40% from three and no one else has selected him yet...I think.
Assuming you're talking about guys from other schools, Oladipo. Easily.
Payne without a doubt. He stretches the floor being an athletic big that can shoot a three. I think that would work great for Beilein.
Thomas. You can never have enough lengthy guys who can shoot the three. Plus, Beilein has no problems rotating, so it would just mean that GR3, Hardaway, and Stauskas get that much more time to rest.
I think I'll go with Devin Funchess.
Gotta go with Payne.
When brunette girls are on his mind he nails 3's
Who cares? The team we DO have got us to the final four, while the rest of the B1G watches from home.
Denard, i mean think about the fast break
I don't want any other players. I want to see this team win it all with the people they already have. That would be much more satisfying than any other scenario.
Tim Hardaway's hat?
...but I'm surprised no one suggested Gary Harris, or the frosh. center from Purdue.
Oladipo, Payne, or Thomas. Any would be fine. If I could only take 1, I would probably take Thomas. We could then move GR3 to the 3 and THJ to the 2 and bring stauskas off the bench. That would be an extremely good team.
And Kevin Ware's leg give me the same reaction
I would take zeller. Then we would have two tall awesome bigs down low
John Shurna always stood out to me as one of the more fundamentally sound players in the league, a particular quality any tournament team could benefit from
...especially after they slapped our floor then got made out to be the trolls that they are.
Craft is a decent choice but he'd never really play. I mean sure he'd take Albrecht's minutes, but what is that like 8 a game?
So why would you take a player that plays 8 minutes a game?
That said, Oladipo or Thomas is where I'd go. Either that people considered the 2nd best player in the league...or the best player in our position of need (PF).