I just don’t think Tillman will be a great player without Cassius.
I think he’ll be good, not great.
Cassius created everything for that team. Without him, they struggled to create any opportunities. Obviously they’ll be working on that all summer, but I don’t see a guy that has the skills to be a consistent threat to create.
Watts can do it but not consistently. I view Henery the same. Tillman is limited, meaning he’s not able to carry a team in O.
They could be good on D, but they need to find consistent scorers.
If Tillman leaves, it’ll be interesting to see if they try Hauser at the 5 at all. Would let them get Hauser, Hall, Henry and Brown all on the floor together. Could even have Hall act as the nominal 5 on defense as he’s a pretty physical player and hits the glass hard.
That seems like it’s outside of Izzo’s comfort zone to me, but I think that would probably be their best offensive lineup. Would imagine that Kithier and Sissoko play the bulk of the minutes at the 5, and I think Bingham is next in line there before Hauser.
I have always been a “stay in school” guy for players with fringe NBA prospects even more than I should be. But the fact that so many think Tillman may return floors me. Go pro man…
MSU this year, much like Michigan, is going to be all about how their supporting cast looks without the do-everything PG. Hall, Brown, Henry, and even Tillman look good in theory, but what do they look like without Winston? Will Rocket be able to shoot or pass well enough to effectively run the offense? They could be elite…or they could be a collection of supporting players that don’t perform as well as the sun of their parts.
Honestly, Michigan is in the same boat though it is less clear if we have something to fall back on like MSU can with their D.
I concur it’s not in what I would consider Izzo’s comfort zone. That said, I give Izzo some credit for realizing the a Winston/Tillman high ball screen was what he needed to be his bread and butter play after years of trying to operate with the first read being a post entry and having everything react off of that.
The big ‘what if’ I’ll wonder about for the rest of my life is what if Nick Ward had never gotten hurt - would Izzo have figured it out if he hadn’t had it forced upon him?