Monday, April 30, 2012

Ranking the point guards:Siva top list at #2 Sporting

2. Peyton Siva, Louisville

Too many people have focused for too long on Siva’s flaws. Including Siva. He allowed himself to slip into a midseason funk as a junior while struggling with how he was being defended and what he brought to the team. When he focuses on his strength and imposes them on opponents, however, what happens is—Louisville wins.

Siva was named MVP of the Big East Tournament after driving the Cards, quite literally, to four consecutive victories. He made only two 3-point shots in the entire NCAA Tournament, and yet the Cards reached the 2012 Final Four.

Siva excels at creating extra possessions for the Cardinals (he averaged a combined nine rebounds/steals in the Big East tourney) and at generating scoring opportunities for his teammates (6.2 assists in the NCAAs).

If he were more dangerous as a deep shooter, Siva would be a much better player. But then, if he were, he’d most likely be playing the 2012-13 season in the NBA.

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