Most of the assists on the 2003 team were spread amongst 6 players, indicating a lot of team play, with everyone involved. Wethers had 94, Tamir 93, Midge 85, Shipp 70, Diggs 55, and Famulener 36. The 2004 team had far fewer assists, featuring Ubaka with 108. Tamir’s assists dropped off from 93 in 2003 to 44 in 2004. Midgely’s assists dropped off from 85 to 58. Diggs about the same at 59, and Kately had 35. That team played a lot of individual ball, one on one, and the stats show it. That is Braun’s fault. If he could not get those players to play less selfishly, then he needed to play someone else from his bench who could. If there was no one who could, then he should have recruited better.
Nowhere did I blame Powe for the dropoff. I only disagreed that he did not make a team that was virtually intact from 2003, a 22-9 team into a better team at 13-15. Sure losing Shipp and Wethers was a loss, but Tamir and Midgely were good players, and all Braun had to do was replace two starters, and his fabulous recruiting class should have been able to help do that. If it were me, I would have played Hughes up front with Powe. He also had Famulener who played most of the minutes at the 3 in 2003, or Benson or McGuire. He could have played Diggs and Smith at the point, and Midge at the 2, or he could have made Midge the point and played Kately at the 2. What he did was stick Ubaka out there, who was not ready.