North Carolina is deep on the perimeter and most of the talk around the rotation when the discussion turns to an unconventional lineup that discussion is based around going small with someone like PJ Hairston, Reggie Bullock or JP Tokoto playing the power forward position. But what if UNC wants to go big for stretches? Can James Michael McAdoo, Brice Johnson and Joel James play together, on the floor at the same time?
I’m not a huge fan of unbalanced lineups being overly used, but in small doses under the right circumstances they can be very effective. Carolina lost a lot of points in the paint and a ton of rebounds when Tyler Zeller graduated and John Henson decided to enter the NBA Draft early. So far they have got by in the rebounding department and have done an adequate job of producing points in the post, they also haven’t played anybody of substance thus far in this young season.
When they face a big test such as Indiana or any team who rebounds the ball very well playing the three big men together could be a feasible option. McAdoo is not a traditional big man, his ability to face and attack the basket off the dribble and hit the mid range jump shot makes me believe he can play the small forward position if asked.
Johnson and James are both active enough on the boards and the offensive end of the floor to handle the paint with McAdoo playing the perimeter but attacking the boards like a big man.
We probably won’t see this happen and if we do it’s likely to be used very little and as I said any unbalanced lineup used is likely to be a smaller lineup with a traditional perimeter player moving inside. It’s always fun to ponder what could be and you never know what type of circumstances and adversity the program will face in a given season. I was never a great basketball player myself but I am rather tall so when I do play, I play inside the paint and the most fun I can remember having on the court is when the team had some injuries or foul trouble and the coach asked me to slide out to the perimeter for a few minutes, I have a feeling that’s something McAdoo and I have in common.
Do you think this lineup would work?