The date has been set. September 9th, 2013 the two titans of the Cal era will square off to determine basketball superiority. On one side you have the 2012 National Champions with the addition of Brandon Knight. On the other the 2010 group of all-stars with years of NBA experience. We’ve looked at the battles at point guard as well as the two spot and now we’re on to the position of small forward. With two NBA players the 2012 team should have a clear advantage however you can’t count out the 2010 team. Who will dominate in just under two months? Let’s debate in this weeks breakdown:
2010 Team, Ramon Harris Career Stats :
3.4 ppg, 2.8 rebounds, 1 assist, .6 steals
With Darius Miller being dealt to the 2012 team and Darnell Dodson tossed to the wayside the position of small forward is the only one where the 2010 team lacks depth. Liggins with his massive frame could end up playing some at this position but since we covered him at shooting guard we’ll just focus on Razor Ramon Harris.
Once Cal arrived on campus Harris’ role at Kentucky was diminished greatly. He went from over twenty minutes per game under Billy Clyde to playing about 10 for Cal with those minutes diminishing as the SEC got underway. Still he was a veteran presence Cal could rely on while the young guns played restless. The Alaskan Assassin was best on defense where he was capable of guarding any player on the perimeter. Harris should be able to at least provide a roadblock to MKG’s ability to drive and Miller’s shooting touch. However he will be a major liability on offense. Despite averaging 19.3 points per game while playing in the China Basketball League I don’t think he will be putting up big numbers in this game. Harris’ impact will most likely be held to a minimum.
2012 Team, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist & Darius Miller
MKG Averages: 11.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1 steal
Miller 2012 Averages: 9.9 ppg, 2.8 boards, 2 assists, .8 steals
Well the 2012 team features two of the most beloved players to ever play the position in Lexington. First there is MKG who everyone loved for his heart and endless motor. MKG was the deserving number two player in the draft will be hard to contain by the 2010 team. Especially if he takes the opportunity to showcase his new and improved jump shot. Kidd-Gilchrist could prove to be the difference in this one much like he was en route to a national championship.
The other side of the two headed beast is Darius Miller. The Kentucky kid was capable of knocking down the big shot when the Cats needed a bucket and the 2012 team will be relying on his outside shooting in this one. Miller siding with 2012 is a major advantage as it takes a starter away from the 2010 team. If Miller gives the 12 team yet another scoring option and a key reserve off the bench. The small forward position looks like the one area 2012 can really dominate.
Who ya got?? @ACassady_KSR