UNC Basketball: Marcus Paige vs. Dexter Strickland – Who Is Really The Better Point Guard?

Numbers don’t lie. Statistics, my dear, pose as narrators to the story of how players perform on the court. There is widespread speculation that Marcus Paige is a better point guard than Dexter Strickland. However, I beg to differ. Reports show that Dexter Strickland has the highest assist-to-turnover ratio in the ACC, which is 2.8. Paige’s assist-to-turnover ratio is 1.8.Let’s look at how each player compares to the other. In addition, Marcus averages 4.4 assists per game, whereas Dexter averages 4 assists per game. Dexter has 1.7 steals per game, whereas Marcus has 1.1.  Marcus averages 6.7 points a game, whereas Dexter averages 7.9 points per game.

Jan 23, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Marcus Paige (5) passes the ball as Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets forward Robert Carter (4) defends in the second half. The Tar Heels defeated the Yellow Jackets 79-63 at the Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

I will say that the offense is different when each player runs the point guard position. Marcus Paige is a natural point guard. Marcus has superb court vision and has excellent passing ability. Dexter doesn’t have the court vision that Marcus has. Dexter is an average passer, at best. Dexter is a slasher, a two-guard. Actually, Dexter is a small forward trapped in a point guard’s body. If he was a few inches taller, he would be the next Jackie Manuel. When in transition, I would prefer for Dexter to be the point guard. He will posterize someone in a heartbeat (i.e. the dunk on Miles Plumlee on March 5th, 2011 when Carolina became the 2011 ACC Regular Season Champs). We can argue and discuss their styles of play all day. As stated above, the numbers do not lie. So ask yourself, who is the better point guard for the North Carolina Tar Heels, Marcus Paige or Dexter Strickland?

Nov 19, 2012; Lahaina, HI, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Dexter Strickland (1) dunks against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the 2012 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Topics: Dexter Strickland, Marcus Paige, North Carolina Tar Heels

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