JBA USA “Death Lineup”

Reasoning: This is the best lineup for the JBA USA squad if they want to put up points in a high volume while still being able to defend at every position. At some point this season we may see a variation of these 6 players as your starting lineup, but in game 1 the USA coach decided to go with a little more size when playing against some of the grown men of the Svendborg Rabbits. Pairing Deon Lyle alongside the Balls could be an explosion of offense for the USA squad and we’d love to see Lyle get more minutes on a big stage. The spacing in this lineup would be unreal with stretch 4 Greg Floyd who has already hit a game winner for the USA squad, and is primed to continue to show the NBA exactly why he belongs there. Jordan “Hollywood” Ray came in and hit big shots for USA in their first contest, the reason for the minute disparity is he can either be making shots and putting on a show or he can shoot his team in the foot, it’ll be up to the coaches to decide how big his leash is out on the court. One thing is for certain though, unleash him and good things will happen often. Melvin Davis is also the key to this lineup, not even suiting up in their first contest it’ll be interesting to see when he finally takes the floor. He is in our opinion the best center in the JBA and was our panels JBA DPOY, he needs to get his shot to further prove so.

PG – Lamelo Ball

Minutes: 37-40

SG – Liangelo Ball

Minutes: 40

SF – Deon Lyle

Minutes: 20

PF – Greg Floyd Jr.

Minutes: 25-30

C – Melvin Davis

Minutes: 15

6th Man – Jordan Ray

Minutes: 8-20

Second Unit W Ball’s

Reasoning: We know the Ball’s will most likely will always stay on the court or at least one of two (most likely the elder brother Liangelo) for various reasons, the fact they are the marquee players and attraction that fans rune in to see as well as the fact the have proven to be the best players in the JBA. However, there are some serious ballers on this JBA USA squad, especially on the offensive end of the court. If given the chance these players will shine alongside the Ball’s. Their first international game you saw the nerves on pretty much everyone aside from the players I listed in the “Death Lineup”, Further cementing who I believe to be the JBA’s bench and who I believe will stand out on the world stage. Calvin Brown and either Morgan or Springer don’t combine to be the most lethal shooters but when paired alongside the Ball’s and Cameron Clark shooting ability it gives these two plenty of room to attack the rim at will.

PG – Lamelo Ball/Je’rell Springer

SG – Liangelo Ball/ Jordan Ray

SF – Je’rell Springer/Jamichael Morgan

PF – Calvin Brown

C – Cameron Clark

Second Unit W/out Ball’s

Reasoning: This unit will see little action this year unless there are blowouts in one direction or another. So, we will spend little time analyzing this unit from how the fit together and more as to why they would be better suited coming off the bench and filling into their perspective roles in that unit. Springer, Hollis, and Morgan all have great balls skills and pretty much switch the 1-3 defensively and fit into almost any position 1-3 on the court giving the coach plenty of options incase of foul trouble. Calvin Brown is a major inside threat but in his first game against grown men he was a non-factor and unless he shows he has more to his game outside of 10 feet than he won’t see a whole lot of play time. Reiger didn’t get into the game the first go around and I’m not sure how soon that will change the coach is trying to give players aside from the balls an equal chance to prove and earn minutes for this JBA USA squad.

PG- Je’rell Springer

Minutes: 5-10

SG – Jamichael Morgan

Minutes: 5-10

SF – Curtis Hollis

Minutes: 15-20

PF – Calvin Brown

Minutes: 5-10

C – Cameron Clark

Minutes: 5-10

6th man – Harrison Reiger

Minutes: 1-5

Small Ball

Reasoning: This is the lineup you saw make a 9-point comeback Vs. the Svedborg Rabbits with just minutes to go in the ball game. Led by key 3 pointers from Hollywood and Liangelo Ball as well as Greg Floyd Jr. doing what he does best and that’s making plays and being where he needs to be on the court to come up with the game winner. This lineup is dangerous and fast with GFJ standing at 6’10 they have the ability to guard all 5 positions and spread the floor with his shooting and playmaking ability. He might as well start calling himself the 4th Ball brother, because he is BIGGGGG time.

PG- Jordan Ray

Minutes: 8-20

SG – Lamelo Ball

Minutes: 37-40

SF – Liangelo Ball

Minutes: 40

PF – Je’Rell Springer

Minutes: 15-20

C – Greg Floyd Jr.

Minutes 25-30

Size “Starters G1”

Reasoning: This was the lineup you saw to start the game and through most of the 1st and 3rd quarters in the JBA teams first game. Wasn’t expecting Nate Morris to start, the other 4 I absolutely expected, but after looking it over and seeing the way each performed I think this lineup is better suited when the USA squad must play bigger opponents and competition. This lineup hinders their ability to spread the floor if the Balls aren’t hitting right away, it’ll be interesting to see how long this remains the starting lineup for the JBA USA squad. This isn’t the lineup id go with to start the game or finish one personally unless it was Melvin Davis in place of Nate Morris.

PG – Lamelo Ball

Minutes 37-40

SG- Liangelo Ball

Minutes: 40

SF – Curtis Hollis

Minutes: 15-20

PF – Greg Floyd Jr.

Minutes: 25-30

C- Nate Morris/ Melvin Davis

Minutes: 15

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