Barring a recruit or two entering the mix over the next month or so, the Kentucky roster is essentially set for next season as Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and DeAndre Liggins have all made their decisions. The next logical step in 2011-12 prognostication now becomes who will start for a team that will be deep and talented and, more importantly, very versatile. The Kernel’s Aaron Smith struck first with his take on potential starting lineups next season and presents a handful of options that all appear to be appetizing in various ways. And that’s a very good problem to have.
Here is the starting lineup I think Kentucky will roll out to start the season:
If there’s a bone to pick with this lineup, it’s the omission of Doron Lamb. Lamb should be ready for a breakout offensive year as a sophomore and I expect that he’ll play starter’s minutes as Calipari uses varios combinations throught the game in the backcourt and on the wing. I can’t see any situation though where Darius Miller doesn’t start as a senior and Michael Gilchrist, who could be the best player on the team (no disrespect to Anthony Davis), comes off of the bench. This lineup would be lethal in the dribble-drive as they create open looks for five guys who can knock down an open jumper and finish around the rim and would be formidable on the defensive end. In fact, it might be the best rebounding starting five in the country. I think it’s the most complete grouping that the Cats could put on the floor and I like the offensive burst Doron Lamb could provide off the bench.
But is this what Calipari will choose to start with? Your guess is as good as mine. And your guess is exactly why we’re posting this today. Let’s speculate. Who do you start next season and why? If Twitter is any indication, there are a lot of big believers in Doron Lamb. Let’s hear it.
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