On the SEC Network’s Tuesday night wrap-up show, Tony Delk said what many Kentucky fans are thinking right now: Mychal Mulder needs more clock.
Although, Delk went even further than that, saying Mulder should start over Isaiah Briscoe.
“I like guys who can make shots from the outside,” Delk said. “And that would be Mulder. So when you have Fox — he’s really good at getting into the paint, creating opportunities for his teammates — but what he does a good job of is finding shooters on the outside, and when Mulder comes in, it stretches the floor, he’s long, he’s athletic, he can finish at the basket and he can put the ball on the floor.”
“Fox, I really like him when he has a bunch of shooters on the court and you have Willis, Mulder and Monk… You need driving lanes when you’re a guard and you need shooters on the outside. The game has changed and it is all about knocking down shots from outside. Making that three-pointer is something every team needs to go into the tournament.”
I agree wholeheartedly with Tony and it’s nice to hear someone with the credibility of TD (and Pat Bradley, who agreed with Tony on the show) make the argument that the offense needs more shooters. Teams are packing it inside and it’s only making things harder on De’Aaron Fox, who is arguably the best offensive weapon with his driving ability. Surround De’Aaron with shooters and he has the lanes to attack and more than one option outside for the long ball. That’s the way Kentucky needs to play, with Briscoe coming in as needed as the sixth man.
Give Fox the rock, surround him with shooters, and let Bam sit back and get all the putbacks and lobs.