Michael Gbinije will start at point guard this season

Senior Michael Gbinije has been named the starting point guard for the 2015-16 season.

Earlier today, Jim Boeheim told CBSSports.com that redshirt senior Michael Gbinije will start at point guard this season. Sophomore Kaleb Joseph will likely come off the bench. 

Joseph played all 31 games last season, and started all but one of those. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 5.9 points per game last season. He led the Orange with 3.8 assists per game, while also committing 2.3 turnovers per game. According to the average Syracuse fan, Joseph struggled most of the year - which he did. To his defense, he was being compared to Scoop Jardine, Michael Carter-Williams and Tyler Ennis all season. SU fans have been spoiled with the recent point guards. Kaleb brought them back to reality, unfortunately. 

Gbinije, who is arguably SU's best player, averaged 12.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He was forced to play some point guard at times last year, even starting one game due to Joseph's struggles. I often questioned Gbinije's ball-handling skills last season, but presumably those have improved during the offseason. 

What else does this mean for the Orange this season? Highly-talented freshman Malachi Richardson is expected to start at small forward. Richardson, a 6-foot-6 guard/forward, was a McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic All-American. Malachi can play either shooting guard or small forward, and is expected to be a major contributor for the Orange all season. 

Kaleb Joseph, Tyler Lydon, Chinonso Obokoh and Franklin Howard will come off the bench this season. 

Trevor Cooney, standing at 6-foot-4, will be the shortest starter for the Orange this season. 

In the grand scheme of things, Boeheim wants his best five on the court as much as possible. Gbinije and Richardson both starting will do that for the Orange.

Projected 2015-16 starting lineup:

PG: Michael Gbinije, 6-foot-7

SG: Trevor Cooney, 6-foot-4

SF: Malachi Richardson, 6-foot-6

PF: Tyler Roberson, 6-foot-8

C: DaJuan Coleman, 6-foot-9

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