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Dexter Strickland Should be the Starting Point Guard for North Carolina Tar Heels

Rob Kinnan-USA Today Sports

Dexter Strickland has been having a great year so far for the North Carolina Tar Heels.  He has started every single game so far this season and he leads the team in assists with 5 a game.

Strickland is the starting 2 guard for Coach Roy Williams, but with Marcus Paige’s lack of production, Strickland should replace him as the starting point guard.

In Strickland’s loan start at the point, he had 9 assists, more then Paige has had in any game this season.  The freshman averages only 3.8 assists a game and also averages 2.8 turnovers a game.  Terrible numbers for a point guard and you can’t beat good teams with point guard play like that.

In Strickland’s last 3 games he has had 9 assists, 7 assists, and 10 assists.  With this type of production and the face that he isn’t a great outside shooter, why not start him at the point.

Also, P.J. Hairston has been coming off the bench and lighting up the scoring column.  With Strickland at the 1, you can start Hairston at the 2, and you will get a lot more scoring than you already are.

Strickland is a player who can attack the basket and has good handles, but he isn’t much of a shooter.  As a point guard you don’t need to score as much as a shooting guard.  You need to be able to create plays and get your teammates open looks.  This is exactly what Strickland does and something Paige does not.

Paige is only a freshman and will only get better, it will be a great learning experience if he got benched right now for his lack of production.

With Strickland at the point and Hairston at the two, North Carolina would be a much better team offensively and that is hard to do.