Potential lineups: Part II

Arizona has a ton of possibilities for who it could play during a game. Read on to see some of those possibilities and the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Arizona has plenty of lineup options this coming season, so we are going to look at some lineups that you could potentially see throughout the game. This is more about guys that will play solid minutes as opposed to ones further down in the rotation that may see a few per game. There are obviously a ton of possibilities here, so we decided to highlight a few that intrigue us.

PG: T.J. McConnell

SG: Gabe York

SF: Stanley Johnson

PF: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

C: Brandon Ashley

We have a feeling you will be seeing plenty of this lineup. For starters, it allows more offensive spacing by having York playing the two. Arizona actually does not have a big drop off in size with this lineup, although it does lose a few inches with Tarczewski moving to the bench. This is the type of lineup that you likely would have seen in the Wisconsin game had Ashley been healthy. It allows Arizona more flexibility on defense and is still very difficult for the opposing defense to guard. Having Ashley play the five isn't strange by any means and Hollis-Jefferson has already shown that he can be moved to the four and play it with effectiveness.

PG: T.J. McConnell

SG: Kadeem Allen

SF: Stanley Johnson

PF: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

C: Brandon Ashley

Obviously this is a lot like the previous lineup, with the only difference being Kadeem Allen instead of York. You can do a lot of switching out with one player and have a ton of possibilities, but we figure it is better to just Allen here and get it over with. In fact, when you read the lineups after this, you can also imagine York in Allen's spot and there probably would not be a huge difference. Allen is likely going to come in as a better defender than York, but we just don't have a good feel for him until he arrives on campus and is able to participate in practices.

PG: T.J. McConnell

SG: Kadeem Allen

SF: Elliott Pitts

PF:Stanley Johnson

C: Brandon Ashley

This is more of a three guard lineup. Allen can actually play the three, but we put Pitts there because we feel he is more suited to guard an opposing small forward than he is an opposing shooting guard. This is more of an offensive lineup and we do have our concerns with the defensive abilities, but it shouldn't be anything too crazy. We're more curious about Pitts than the others in this five, because we expect a big jump from him and, like others, we won't really know until we see it. What we do know is that Pitts can shoot and if he can raise his level of defense from last year, he is likely in line for more minutes. With him being sick and injuring his wrist, we never got a true feel for what Pitts can do. You can make an argument that this is Arizona's best shooting lineup and should there be offensive struggles, it wouldn't be a shock to see Miller go with this.

Of course, you can substitute Hollis-Jefferson for Johnson in this lineup as well. There is a small drop off in shooting there, but Hollis-Jefferson is probably the better defender. The reality is that the overall production of that five would not be much different from the one listed above.

PG: T.J. McConnell

SG: Gabe York

SF: Kadeem Allen

PF: Stanley Johnson

C: Kaleb Tarczewski

Sources say it is more likely that Allen plays some at the three than he does at the one, especially with Parker Jackson-Cartwright able to give minutes behind McConnell. This lineup is somewhat similar to the one above, but it is a bit smaller. Allen should have the ability to guard the majority of opposing forwards Arizona faces. Like we said before, you can sub Hollis-Jefferson in for Johnson and it won't really matter. Due to the fact that we went a little smaller here, we felt it would make sense to put Tarczewski back in at center. This allows Arizona to make up for some of the size lost and you also have four players that should be able to get him the ball in the post. This lineup allows Arizona to also get in transition a bit more because you have three players that can handle the ball, as opposed to a lineup where McConnell pretty much has to be the dominant ball handler.


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