I agree that Walton and Donnal were near their peak last season but I can not agree with the rest at all with regard to players “peaked-out”.
The flaw you point out in MAAR’s game strikes me as a very odd criticism. MAAR gets to the places on the floor he wants to get to and does not rely upon change of direction to do so because he can. Everyone knows he needs to pass out of penetration better, which is relatively easy skill to learn. Everybody knows he needs to shoot 3’s a little better. Even if he improves those two things a little–it will make his taking it to the rim game even easier for him…MAAR will be better because everybody now knows, after two years of proving it, he is an important player who can get things done. The empowerment factor alone pretty much guarantees he will be an improved player in my opinion.
Irvin coming off back surgery is not a small thing. He was anchored down last year.
If the playmakers around him are healthy then Robinson will likely do more because he will need to do less. And honestly, He was a capable ball handler last year–cautious but capable.
DJ? I think he will be good but, for the sake of argument, even if he turns out to be pretty bad then he will be tons better than last year if he just doesn’t shoot constantly. Not shooting constantly is a pretty easy thing to improve on right?
I don’t think we were peaked out at the backup point guard spot last year either. X will probably be an improvement over Dakich.
Were our players peaked out as defenders? If so, with the reports of more focus on defense, It seems like the coaches might be wasting their time…