In an effort to keep from responding to what seems to be a tirade of articles and blog posts alluding to the notion of "pass-first PG" I decided to start this thread and settle this nonsensical thought process in a coherent discussion.
Mark Lyons gets too much criticism about his play-making/decision making and unfairly gets mis-categorized as not being a pass-first PG. He gets labeled as the guy who would rather score than set-up a teammate. I've even heard BS about how TJ McConnell will be this great PG that Miller will finally have that can setup players and get the offense firing on all cylinders.
This thinking forgets a critical fact! Arizona's successes of the past have been a DIRECT let me repeat, DIRECT result of having scoring minded pointguards. We are pointguardu for a reason. All of our great teams were lead by scoring PG. the guys who could shoot threes from NBA range consistently. The guys who could drive at will and score 20 different ways till Sunday. Some were better play makers than others, but the universal truth is our PG's lead us to success.
We gave a lot of credit to Derek Williams, or our elite eight run two years ago. But I'm here to say that if we didn't have MoMo Jones's scoring nd attack mentality at the PG position, no way we come close to winning 30 games that season. MoMo was our second leading scorer and an absolute beast when it came to making plays.
i will again repeat, being a great play maker is a criticality to being a great/elite level pointguard. But this is not synonymous with being a pass-first PG. And no, a pass first PG does not make a good scoring PG. If you don't have a good scoring PG, you won't have very successful team.
I don't know much about TJ McConnell, I've not seen him play much. He maybe another Aaron craft from Ohio st; a good play maker and a good scorer.
I'm here to say we have a prolific scorer in Mark Lyons, with a developing playmaker knack. But there should be no question, success rides on the ability of a prolific scoring PG! Arizona basketball is rooted in this concept!
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