Well the big news from the weekend was the announcement of a potential alumni game between the 2010 and 2012 Wildcats. Those two teams have been the two best teams in the Cal era and the debate has raged since the 2012 banner was raised. While the game, if it happens, is still months away there it’s still interesting to take a look at the potential matchups over the next few weeks. First up is the 1 spot and the debate of John Wall taking on Marquis Teague.
UK Averages: 16.6 ppg, 6.5 APG, 4.3 Rebounds, 1.8 Steals
John Wall is possibly the best point guard to ever wear the blue and white. From the first time he took the court in Rupp Arena he blew everyone away. Never before had a player combined speed, handling, and raw athleticism in such a way and they may never again. Wall was a force at getting to the rim as well as finding his teammates for an open shot or jam. He was a first team All-American and the number one pick in the draft. It would be hard to have a better year in the point guard position.
With three years in the association under his belt Wall could be the best player on the floor in the alumni game. He had a breakout year after returning from from a knee injury earlier this year. Will Wall be able to get to the rim with Anthony Davis guarding the rim? Will he be able to score if he draws the defensive intensity of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist? It would be hard to stop wall but if the 2012 team can disrupt his team chemistry and force bad shots like WVU then Wall’s squad could be in trouble.
UK Averages: 10 ppg, 4.8 APG, 2.5 Rebounds, .9 Steals
Teague had an incredible transformation over the course of his one year in Lexington. When the year began Teague was somewhat seen as the ‘weak link’. You knew what you would get from the other four starters but Teague was prone to being hot/cold and making poor decisions. However by the end of the year Marquis was a capable floor general capable of going up against the best in basketball and looking great. He was a major factor in the championship run.
Teague had a rough year during his first NBA season, only averaging 2.1 points per game. Will he be able to hold his own against one of the best point guards in the league? If he can figure out a way to get his teammates some auto lobs then the 2012 team could be dangerous. If Teague is shut down then the 2012 boys could really struggle.
Who ya got?