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Before this season started there weren’t many certainties surrounding this Kentucky team, but one thing did at least seem close to certain. That was that the starting frontcourt tandem of Willie Cauley-Stein and Julius Randle was going to be one of, if not the best starting frontcourt duo in the country.
How’s it going so far? Well, pretty good I’d say. Julius Randle is a national player of the year candidate according to many of the pundits, while WCS has already begun his chase of Anthony Davis’ block record. The real question, though, is do you still feel comfortable calling them the best frontcourt in the nation? Well let’s play everyone’s favorite game of comparing players!
Julius Randle/Willie Cauley-Stein’s combined numbers: 57.2 minutes per game, 27.5 points per game, 19.3 rebounds per game, 3 assists per game, 5 blocks per game, 4.4 turnovers per game
Arizona’s Aaron Gordon/Kaleb Tarczewski’s combined numbers: 56.3 minutes per game, 22.9 points per game, 14.5 rebounds per game, 2.1 assists per game, 2.6 blocks per game, 3.6 turnovers per game
Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky/Sam Dekker’s combined numbers: 57.4 minutes per game, 28.9 points per game, 11.6 rebounds per game, 2.5 assists per game, 2.2 blocks per game, 2.7 turnovers game (they also shoot over 40% combined from 3-point range)
Michigan State’s Adreian Payne/Branden Dawson’s combined numbers: 57.4 minutes per game, 28.4 points per game, 17.3 rebounds per game, 3.9 assists per game, 1.5 blocks per game, 3.3 turnovers per game
Baylor’s Cory Jefferson/Isaiah Austin’s combined numbers: 52.5 minutes per game, 24.2 points per game, 13.5 rebounds per game, 1.7 assists per game, 4.6 blocks per game, 3.6 turnovers per game
Kansas’s Perry Ellis/Joel Embiid’s combined numbers: 48.9 minutes per game, 23.8 points per game, 12.9 rebounds per game, 2.4 assists per game, 2.8 blocks per game, 2.7 turnovers per game
UMass’s Cody Lalanne/Sampson Carter’s combined numbers: 58.9 minutes per game, 26.8 points per game, 14.5 rebounds per game, 1.3 assists per game, 3.2 blocks per game, 4.1 turnovers per game
In my opinion those are the group of frontcourts that best competes with UK’s. After looking at these numbers I feel even more comfortable with the Cats down low than I did before. Randle and WCS combine for the most rebounds, blocks, and the second most points out of the duos. The only concerning thing is that they combine for the most turnovers, but that’s mainly due to Randle still getting used to seeing double or triple teams when he gets the ball on the block.
What say you, Cats fans? Would you trade Randle/WCS for any other group in the nation? I know I wouldn’t.