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Starting Five Scenarios for the 2017-18 Kentucky Basketball Team

Photo by Quinn Foster | UK Athletics

Photo by Quinn Foster | UK Athletics

The Kentucky basketball team has many starting lineup options, but what does Cal want to do?  Does he want to go big or small ball? Does he want to play fast or zone up?  The great thing is that Kentucky can do all of it.

There are four different options for Kentucky’s starting five.  The first question is do they want to play big ball?

If they want to play big, the Cats could look like this:

  1. G 6’5″ Hami Diallo 
  2. G 6’6″ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 
  3. F 6’9″ Kevin Knox 
  4. C 6’10” Sacha Killya-Jones
  5. C 6’11” Nick Richards

Now I highly doubt that Cal is going to play Sacha and Nick together at the same time, but it’s possible.  Conversely, they could play small ball.  That would look something like this:

  1. G 6’0″ Quade Green
  2. G 6’5″ Hami Diallo
  3. G 6’6″ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  4. F 6’9″ Kevin Knox
  5. C 6’8″ P.J. Washington 

Even though it’s technically small ball, that lineup is not very small.

Kentucky has another option: play fast.  If the Cats want to play fast and out in transition, this looks like the best five for that:

  1. G 6’0″ Quade Green
  2. G 6’5″ Hami Diallo 
  3. F 6’9″ Wenyen Gabriel or (would’ve probably been Jarred Vanderbilt)
  4. F 6’9″ Kevin Knox
  5. C 6’10” Sacha Killya-Jones

The last, most unlikely lineup we could see is a zone lineup.  The chances Calipari will use a zone is pretty slim to none, but it’s awfully enticing for this team.

  1. G 6’5″ Hami Diallo
  2. G 6’6″ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  3. F 6’9″ Kevin Knox 
  4. F 6’9″ Wenyen Gabriel
  5. C 6’11” Nick Richards

At the end of the day, this is the most likely option for Kentucky’s starting five:

  1. PG 6’0″ Quade Green
  2. SG 6’5″ Hami Diallo
  3. SF 6’9″ Kevin Knox
  4. PF 6’9″ Wenyen Gabriel
  5. C 6’10” Sacha Killya-Jones 

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Article written by Alex Holder

7 Comments for Starting Five Scenarios for the 2017-18 Kentucky Basketball Team



  1. Joe Dan Gorman
    9:22 pm October 14, 2017 Permalink

    It’s a shame we have so few options…

    LOL….

    GO BIG BLUE!!!!!!



  2. Jud
    9:31 pm October 14, 2017 Permalink

    Starting line up will be
    Shai
    Hami
    Kevin
    PJ
    Nick maybe Sacha, a little squessy on the 5



  3. wildcat2012
    9:42 pm October 14, 2017 Permalink

    Will for sure be Green, Hami, Knox, Wenyen and Nick



  4. Rick_S
    10:35 pm October 14, 2017 Permalink

    If you think PJ is a sub then you’re not paying attention or know very little.
    Green
    Diallo
    Knox
    Washington
    Richards



  5. BobNWeaver
    12:07 am October 15, 2017 Permalink

    We will start the season with 8 players getting 98% of the minutes:
    2 Guards (Choose from: Green, Diallo, SGA)
    3 Bigs (Choose from: Knox, Gabriel, Washington, Richards, SKJ)
    I am expecting SGA to be the biggest surprise.



  6. HarlanMan
    11:55 am October 15, 2017 Permalink

    1-Green
    2-Diallo
    3-Knox
    4-Washington
    5-Richards

    6th man-Gabriel