What if–and I realize it’s a big if–Armoni didn’t come back because he realized Mills was better than him and was going to take too many of his minutes? If there’s no fall off from losing Brooks at the 3, some of my concern shifts a bit to the guards. I think the guards we have now are more athletic and have more upside than Galen and Corey, but will obviously be lacking the experience and leadership. Hopefully production-wise that will be a wash.
By far my biggest concern is in the paint. Breon was the only big man we had last year with any semblance of an offensive game that didn’t require a dunk. I hope that Brison has made big strides in that department and/or Fabian and Gorham can fill that gap a bit. This late in the game, I can’t see Harris being anything more than a rim protector and offensive board clean up guy.
All that to say, I really don’t see much, if any, fall off going into next season. The difference will be that the conference should be better as a whole which will make things tougher for sure. I feel pretty confident we’ll be top 3, but my bold prediction is we’ll be battling it out with Cincy again for the top spot. Memphis is incredibly young and Penny is still unproven as a coach, so I’m not yet convinced about them. Should be a fun season.