With each passing game, it seems that Allonzo Trier is closer to starting for the Arizona Wildcats.
In his third game after returning from a PED suspension, Trier led the team in minutes played with 33, and was subbed into the game just two minutes into each half.
So when that day comes, which could be this weekend in Oregon, who should go to the bench? Will it be Kobi Simmons or Rawle Alkins?
Let us know what you think as we give our thoughts on the matter:
Alec Sills-Trausch: Rawle Alkins. Not because he’s been doing anything bad but because he’s the odd man out. Keeping Simmons on the court allows for another solid ball handler and more quickness, giving the Cats a dynamic three guard lineup that can penetrate and get Lauri Markkanen wide open looks.
Ryan Kelapire: I think Kobi Simmons will be the one moving to the bench because Miller always praises Alkins’ consistency, plus Simmons proved earlier in the season that he can provide a scoring punch off the bench.
Either way, I don’t think it matters that much as Miller said the player who moves to the bench will play the same minutes as they are now.
David Potts: Kobi Simmons. I think Miller already tipped his hand: the most popular lineup Arizona has used in the last five games (other than the current starting lineup) is Allonzo Trier, Rawle Alkins, Kadeem Allen, Lauri Markkanen, and Dusan Ristic. This makes sense: Kobi is a better scorer than Rawle, and there’s already plenty of scoring with Trier and Markkanen in the starting lineup. It’s cleaner, in my mind, if Kobi is the guy leading the second unit.
Jason Bartel: After the Washington game, I said it would be Alkins, but after careful reconsideration, I think it should be Simmons for the reason Ryan said...he’s already proven he can come off the bench and provide a spark.
In reality, the current minutes situation probably won’t change much, but it does give Arizona a slightly different look to start halves, which could be beneficial at this time of year.