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Arizona Wildcats Productivity Report: Miller’s late-season lineup shakeup comes with positive results


Rawle Alkins came off the bench for the first time this season against USC on Thursday, giving way to Allonzo Trier at the wing spot, and he proceeded to lead Arizona in this site’s productivity rating.

If Sean Miller keeps the lineup as it is now, the bench consists of Alkins, Kobi Simmons and Dusan Ristic. They have a combined 74 starts this season, making the Wildcats one of the most seasoned teams with a rotation of seven players with plenty of experience this late in the season.

Let’s be realistic: Their preference to start (what college athlete does not want to do that?). But at the same time, all three come off as team-first type of players.

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Alkins played only 17 minutes against USC, a game in which Miller played only seven guys. Alkins got the most out of those minutes, with 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field with four rebounds and four assists.

Ristic became Chance Comanche’s backup, for the first time this season, against the Trojans and also had a solid game in only 18 minutes with 10 points and three rebounds.

After leading Arizona in productivity against California, Simmons has struggled in the last three games against Washington State, Washington and USC with a .031 rating (only two productivity points in 64 minutes). His season rating is .440.

Simmons has shown flashes of brilliance leading the Wildcats in productivity in the win over UCLA at Pauley Pavilion but has also disappeared on occasion. Which Simmons will show up tonight?

His reserve role is more suitable for him because he can pick up Arizona offensively but could be a liability on defense. He can’t start ahead of Arizona’s three-guard lineup of Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Kadeem Allen and Trier.

With his energy and physicality, Alkins can be the sparkplug pff the bench similar to what Rondae Hollis-Jefferson provided as a sixth man in his freshman season.

Jackson-Cartwright should be a starter at point guard, giving the Wildcats more of a calming influence from the start at the position in terms of assists to turnovers. He has 99 assists and only 35 turnovers. Allen has 83 assists and 52 turnovers.

Despite an off game against USC, Chance Comanche has been the most active frontcourt player on Arizona’s lineup in the second half of the Pac-12 season. Miller is doing the right thing by inserting him in the lineup ahead of Ristic to give the Wildcats more athleticism around the basket, especially when it comes to defense.

Give credit to Miller for making these moves, some of them predicated with recent minor injuries, this late in the season because by now he knows his players are more bought into team goals rather than individual objectives. March is right around the corner. There is plenty of incentive to fall in line.

WHAT IS PRODUCTIVITY RATING?:
PP: Productivity Points (Points, assists, rebounds, steals, blocked shots, FGs made, FTs made added together and then subtracted by missed FGs, missed FTs, personal fouls and turnovers)
MIN: Minutes played overall
PR: Productivity rating per minute played (Productivity points divided by minutes played)

SEASON PRODUCTIVITY RATING

Player Pos G S PP MIN PR
Lauri Markkanen PF 29 29 712 893 .797
Allonzo Trier SG 10 4 213 296 .720
Dusan Ristic C 28 27 475 672 .707
Rawle Alkins SF 29 28 477 823 .580
Kadeem Allen SG 26 25 389 788 .494
Chance Comanche C 29 2 271 553 .490
Kobi Simmons SG 29 19 358 813 .440
Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 23 10 241 567 .425
Keanu Pinder PF 27 0 124 338 .367
AVG 5-9.9 MIN
None
AVG 1-4.9 MIN
Kory Jones G 3 0 5 6 .833
Tyler Trillo G 7 0 -1 29 -.034
Jake DesJardins G 6 0 -2 11 -.182
Paulo Cruz G 7 0 -5 20 -.250
TOTAL TEAM 29 3257 5800 .562

PRODUCTIVITY REPORT
ARIZONA PAC-10/12
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR:

Name (Year) G S PP MIN PR
Derrick Williams (2011) 38 38 1190 1141 1.043
Sean Elliott (1989) 33 33 1128 1125 1.003
Chris Mills (1993) 28 28 838 870 .963
Sean Elliott (1988) 38 38 1167 1249 .934
Damon Stoudamire (1995) 30 30 964 1092 .883
Mike Bibby (1998) 35 35 905 1124 .805
Jason Terry (1999) 29 29 877 1107 .792
Nick Johnson (2014) 38 38 848 1254 .676
Total 269 269 7917 8962 .883

PREVIOUS GAME
ARIZONA 90, USC 77
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS

Player Pos PP MIN PR
Rawle Alkins SF 23 17 1.353
*Allonzo Trier SG 27 33 .818
Dusan Ristic C 14 18 .778
*Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 19 30 .633
*Lauri Markkanen PF 19 35 .543
Kobi Simmons SG 6 13 .462
*Kadeem Allen SG 14 32 .438
*Chance Comanche C 5 21 .238
LESS THAN 10 MIN
None
TOTAL TEAM 127 200 .635

ARIZONA SCHEDULE/PRODUCTIVITY RESULTS
*-Honolulu
**-Las Vegas
***-Los Angeles
****-Houston

Date Opponent W/L Score PR Productivity Leader Pos PP MIN PR
11/11 *Michigan St W 65-63 .395 Kobi Simmons SG 22 26 .846
11/15 CS Bakersfield W 78-66 .560 Lauri Markkanen PF 48 36 1.333
11/18 Sacred Heart W 95-65 .805 Dusan Ristic C 31 22 1.409
11/21 N. Colorado W 71-55 .565 Parker Jackson-Cartwright PG 35 34 1.029
11/24 **Santa Clara W 69-61 .510 Keanu Pinder PF 12 12 1.000
11/25 **Butler L 69-65 .390 Lauri Markkanen PF 17 21 .810
11/30 Texas So. W 85-63 .705 Lauri Markkanen PF 35 29 1.207
12/3 ***Gonzaga L 69-62 .420 Dusan Ristic C 17 23 .739
12/6 Cal-Irvine W 79-57 .635 Dusan Ristic C 32 30 1.067
12/10 at Missouri W 79-60 .556 Rawle Alkins SF 27 37 .730
12/14 Grand Canyon W 64-54 .450 Dusan Ristic C 19 31 .613
12/17 ****Texas A&M W 67-63 .545 Dusan Ristic C 27 26 1.038
12/20 New Mexico W 77-46 .680 Chance Comanche PF 25 23 1.087
12/30 California W 67-62 .410 Dusan Ristic C 27 28 .964
1/1 Stanford W 91-52 .725 Rawle Alkins SF 36 29 1.241
1/5 Utah W 66-56 .530 Dusan Ristic C 29 26 1.115
1/7 Colorado W 82-73 .580 Lauri Markkanen PF 28 22 1.273
1/12 ASU W 91-75 .765 Lauri Markkanen PF 42 30 1.400
1/19 at USC W 73-66 .490 Lauri Markkanen PF 34 35 .971
1/21 at UCLA W 96-85 .735 Kobi Simmons SG 34 33 1.030
1/26 Wash.St. W 79-62 .640 Allonzo Trier SG 26 25 1.040
1/29 Washington W 77-66 .575 Dusan Ristic C 19 24 .792
2/2 at Ore. St. W 71-54 .545 Allonzo Trier SG 25 28 .893
2/4 at Oregon L 85-58 .365 Rawle Alkins SF 27 28 .904
2/9 Stanford W 74-67 .575 Allonzo Trier SG 38 33 1.152
2/11 California W 62-57 .420 Kobi Simmons SG 18 23 .783
2/16 at Wash. St. W 78-59 .565 Lauri Markkanen PF 36 33 1.091
2/18 at Washington W 76-68 .510 Lauri Markkanen PF 47 35 1.343
2/23 USC W 90-77 .635 Rawle Alkins SF 23 17 1.353

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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