After the recent sub par play of Willie Cauley-Stein, some fans believe that with the improved play of Dakari Johnson, he should start. There are pros and cons to this line of thinking.
Why He Should Start:
Dakari has been playing very well lately. Against LSU, he had 15 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. Willie’s lack of play is having some fans question his mental approach to games. Dakari has made the hustle plays that Willie simply hasn’t made lately. Fans can deal with a loss; it happens to everyone. What fans can’t deal with is a lack of effort. Many fans think that moving Dakari into the starting lineup will force Willie to pick up his play.
Why He Should Not Start:
Kentucky’s goal is always to win the national championship and many believe their best chance to win a title is with Willie on the floor. His shot blocking ability is something Dakari does not possess and Willie has the ability to defend smaller guards on the perimeter. If you bench Willie now, you are throwing out the game plan you have developed up to this point in the season and adding to his lack of confidence. One of Kentucky’s biggest issues is a lack of defense and Willie is one of our best defenders. If he is on the bench, Kentucky gets that much slower on defense and they cannot afford to get beat off the dribble because he would not be there to defend the basket.
Should he start or shouldn’t he? What do you think?. Go CATS!