It’s the offseason right now, which usually means news is slow and allows us to have some fun with what we post and ideas we have. To be honest, it’s probably the last slow news week of the year with plenty happening starting this weekend. So, the past couple of weeks we’ve taken a trip down memory lane and looked at the All-Coach Cal Coached Team and All-Tubby Smith Coached Team, which brought up extremely fond memories and great debate about who should start at what position. So why not take a look back even more? What about the John Calipari of Kentucky before John Calipari came to Kentucky?
Who would make up the All-Rick Pitino Team?
Think of it like the All-NBA team, so there has to be a point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward and center. This time you can’t cheat and put a point guard at Kentucky into the shooting guard role — I’m looking at everyone who tried to beat the system with Brandon Knight at shooting guard before. Also, since Nazr Mohammed was on the All-Tubby Smith Team he isn’t eligible for the All-Rick Pitino Team. You also can’t just take a bunch of guards and one post player and play like the Golden State Warriors, which wouldn’t be a bad idea. Going through the rosters and coming up with my choices, there were a couple no-brainers with Mashburn at the power forward and Delk at the point guard. However, you had to get tricky with what you wanted on the wing. The other noticeable finding was the lack of a great center, especially with Mohammed off the books. During the national title run, the starters were Walter McCarty and Antoine Walker.
This takes into consideration only the time they played college basketball. Don’t try to think about how they transitioned into the NBA or how long they played in college.
Point Guard: Tony Delk
Shooting Guard: Derek Anderson
Small Forward: Antoine Walker
Power Forward: Jamal Mashburn
Center: Andre Riddick
What does everyone think? Agree, disagree, let your voice be heard. What’s your All-Rick Pitino team?