The date has been set. September 9th, 2013 the two titans of the Cal era will square off to determine basketball superiority. Today we take a look at what is probably the deepest position on the court. Four NBA players capable of playing both the 1 or 2 position on the floor. The battle of shooting guards will undoubtedly produce one of the most intriguing match-ups on the floor. Will it be the dead eye shooting of Lamb/Knight or the punishing defense and grit of Bledsoe/Liggins? Let’s debate it in this week’s breakdown:
2010 Eric Bledsoe & DeAndre Liggins
Bledsoe Averages: 11.3 ppg, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.4 steals.
Liggins Averages: 8.6 ppg, 4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals.
One of the more sought after players in this NBA off season has been Eric Bledsoe and for good reason. Playing behind Chris Paul in LA Bledsoe has emerged as one of the steals of the 2010 draft. Ultra athletic Bledsoe has a knack for getting through the lane for the flush while also being a threat on the defensive side of the ball. He could be a devastating point guard by himself but when he’s paired again with Wall it’s hard to see anyone containing the two headed attack.
To take that defensive intensity to the next level 2010 will also feature DeAndre Liggins. Liggins in the NBA has found his role as a stopper for the Thunder and he will be much needed against the great shooting of the 2012 team. DeAndre will be up to the task but can the 2010 squad sacrifice enough offense for Liggins to get a lot of clock? Could present a big problem for possible Coach Clinton.
2012 Doron Lamb & Brandon Knight
Lamb Averages: 13.1 ppg, 2.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, .5 steals.
Knight Averages: 17.3 ppg, 4 boards, 4.2 assists, .7 steals.
Quick who is the all time three point percentage leader for your Kentucky Wildcats? That’s right it’s mister Doron Lamb. Brandon Knight isn’t too shabby down the list at number 22. Lamb’s shooting was a major catalyst in the national championship run and came up big in the national championship game. He has also started to find his groove against NBA talent as he went for 16 earlier today for the Magic. Lamb will keep the 2010 defense on their toes as he is capable of burying a three at a moments notice.
Pairing up with Lamb will be the 2011 vet and leading freshman scorer Brandon Knight. How awesome would it be to seen Knight knock down another of his patented buzzer beaters in the Alumni game. Knight joining the 2012 team makes them much more formidable and gives them another solid option at the point or shooting guard position. Knight can hit the shots Teague can’t and his precise passing will come in handy when throwing lobs to Davis and Jones. Having already played with half of the 2012 team chemistry shouldn’t be an issue. Knight could be the difference maker for 2012.
Advantage: 2012 by a slim margin.
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