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The next question is this a starting 5 or just the best 5 players? Neither Oden or Sully left OSU as a "true" PF and neither were better 4's than Thomas. Meaning if this is a starting "5" then you have to put Thomas in there and move either Oden or Sully to the bench.
There are some easy ones here. Doubt Butler will have any players on this list. Looking at Xavier they may have a bench player or two but no real starters. I will assume this is a College team and not Pro.
PG - Conley. Craft then Butler. Conley is an easy choice and I think Craft is a better true PG than Butler.
SG - Diebler. Lewis then Buford. Cook is a distant 4th. Diebler is an easy choice but it's close between Lewis and Buford. Both were streaky. Lewis will always be remembered for the shot against XU.
SF - Turner. Lighty then Cage (XU). Again, Turner is an easy choice here. Lighty over Cage for #2.
PF - Thomas. KK then Hunter. Real easy here as this has been one of Matta's weaker positions with only 1 true star. I don't think Matta ever Coached Josh Duncan at XU even though he was a 2004 recruit. He may have recruited him though.
C - Oden. Sully then Mullens. This was the toughest one to choose. Oden and Sully are neck n neck but Oden was simply a monster in his one year and led this team to the NC game. He was simply more dominant imo. Mullens is a distant 3rd on this list imo.
Again, my list is based completely on College production and not Pro potential or NBA contribution.
For PF I would go Thomas then Justin Doellman. He was a better player at X than Duncan IMO and better than both KK and Hunter on the collegiate level. Also not sure but if TM recruited Romain Sato for X he is the top SG over Diebler. I also would go Buford over Lewis. He had the better collegiate career.
This post was edited by coolrahski 16 months ago
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I suggest we go with the best 5 players per position since positions are often fluid and mostly for paper purposes only (e.g. Turner was listed at PG at some point in his junior campaign if I'm not mistaken).
I think we can agree that Sullinger was only a center by virtue of being the tallest, effective big man on the roster. His skill set was much more in-line with a PF, so he'd get my nod there with Oden a shoe-in at C.
Not sure why Diebler is discussed in the starting line-up. Yes, he was one of the greatest shooters in tOSU b-ball history, but what else did he bring to the table? He rarely could get to the hole, had average ball-handling skills, and was a liability on D. Buford did not always play with heart, yet he was a solid all-around player and could stroke it from anywhere on the floor and score at the rim. Granted, his defense was not the best either.
With all that said, my starting 5 would be:
PG - Mike Conley
SG - Evan Turner
SF - DeShaun Thomas
PF - Jared Sullinger
C - Greg Oden
BN - Diebler
BN - Buford
BN - Koufos
BN - JJ Sullinger (SG/SF microwave type player who transferred from Arkansas under Matta)
BN - Lauderdale
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