Wayne Chism rounds out our starting five. The lineup may look a little different if going smaller is the goal, but for now, Chism starts at the five position.
I always argue that Chism was and could be just as good as Draymond Green. The only thing that kills my argument is that Green was and is a much better defender.
If you go down their stat sheets from their senior seasons, they are almost identical. Green averaged more points and a little bit more rebounds. However, Chism shot better from the field and the free throw line.
There is no doubt in my mind Chism couldn’t have been a good role player in the pros. Doesn’t matter though, he gets the start on this team.
Jarnell Stokes is the first big man off the bench. When you think about his career, it honestly doesn’t stand out like a lot of other players. His style of play was rather dull. However, Stokes filled up the stat sheet.
In his senior season, Stokes averaged a double-double with 15.1 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Another impressive stat about Stokes’ game was that he shot over 50 percent from the field in all three seasons with the Vols.
He brings a big body down low for this team that isn’t afraid to do the dirty work. And, when all else fails on offense, Stokes can get a quick bucket or two.