It’s not a fact that Caris LeVert “WILL” be a better shooter next year.
It’s not a fact that Walton and Irvin “WILL” take “MAJOR” leaps next year.
It’s not a fact that Chatman will be able to come in and produce on GRIII level.
Can these happen? Yes, so I’m not going to be baited into arguing any one of them, because I’ve seen how ridiculous you can be. I realize, as as much as anybody, the improvement from first to second year players like Morris, Burke, Stauskas, and LeVert. However, there are a lot of guys that don’t take “MAJOR” leaps from freshman to Sophomore year like Stu Douglass, Zack Novak, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jordan Morgan, Evan Smotrycz, Glenn Robinson III, etc.
We view depth differently. Depth, to me, is more than just # of scholarship players. Depth, to me, is about guys that can give you above-average minutes in the rotation. Michigan will have more scholarship players in the front court next year, but does not come close to having more depth than a McGary-Morgan-Horford position at the 5.
The reason I hate doing this with you is because you are so absolutely unwilling to accept anyone else’s opinion. Heck, I don’t even disagree with your point in general. I’ve posted this before, elsewhere:
"The team won’t be as good next year (what teams are after losing three players to the NBA), but it will still be a good team.)
PG: Walton / Albrecht (same players, better next year than this year)
SG: LeVert / Irvin / Albrecht (same players, better next year than this year)
SF: Irvin / Chatman (lose Stauskas, worse this year than next year)
PF: Chatman / Donnal / Wilson (lose GRIII, push due to having a capable backup)
C: Horford / Doyle (lose McGary Morgan, slightly worse next year)
Think about how much better our guards have been from freshman to sophomore year.
If their situations don’t get you excited about what Walton/Irvin could be next year, then I don’t know what will. LeVert should also continue to improve (did you know he’s only a couple weeks older than Irvin?) I don’t see any reason Chatman wouldn’t be ready from day 1 to step in at PF. He won’t be as good as GRIII out of the gate, but I think the position is a wash because Donnal will be able to back-up much better than anyone this year. Horford+Doyle is a drop off from Horford+Morgan+McGary, but I don’t think its a devastating one."
"People overreact. This topic comes up every year…
“Without Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims, Michigan is screwed next year.” - In steps Darius Morris and Hardaway Jr.
“Without Darius Morris, Michigan is screwed next year.” - In steps Trey Burke.
“Without Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan is screwed next year.” - In steps Stauskas.
“Without Stauskas and GRIII, Michigan is screwed next year.” - In steps (LeVert? Walton? Irvin? Chatman?)"
-Can LeVert/Irvin be a better SG/SF combination than Stauskas/LeVert? Maybe, but I don’t think it is a “FACT”. Also, who plays Irvin’s role?
-Can anyone come in and play the 4 as well as a projected 1st rounder? Maybe, but I don’t think it is a “FACT”.
-I think that the drop off at the C position is pretty much a given. You don’t replace a 5th year Senior and a projected 1st/early 2nd rounder with a two freshmen and expect to be better.
Regardless, I expect another one of your “HA. Worst post I’ve ever read” type responses that make discussions like this not even seem worth the time put into it.