TBT Dream Teams - Arizona vs. Stanford

 

By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31


Could we see #Pac12AfterDark take on TBT 2019?

If you're like us, you can't get enough Pac-12 basketball. The games run late into the night, it's great hoops, and you get to listen to Bill Walton debate the greatest mysteries known to man. What's better than that? While Sons of Westwood, Forks Up, and Team Colorado carried the Pac-12 flag in TBT 2018, why not add Arizona and Stanford into the mix this summer? Let's take a look at what those (powerhouse) teams could look like below!

Arizona Alumni Team

G - Nick Johnson: When you think of players who define what it means to be an Arizona Wildcat, Nick Johnson is right at the top of the list. Why? It's simple: he plays the game the right way, he's tenacious on defense, and he wins. With that being said, don't just take our word for it. In his junior season at Arizona (2014), Johnson was a member of the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team, was named Pac-12 Player of the Year, and was a consensus first-team All-American. Last season, he helped the Austin Spurs win the G-League championship and was named Finals MVP. That resume screams TBT. 

G - Kyle Fogg: This is a man who needs no introduction to TBT fans. While it seems ridiculous to think he would leave Overseas Elite, could an Arizona alumni team persuade the two-time MVP and four-time champ to jump ship? Would certainly be interesting to find out.

F - Chase Budinger: The second that Budinger steps on the court, he will be the first professional beach volleyball player to ever appear in a TBT game. For that reason alone, he is a no-brainer addition to this squad. Oh yeah, he also dominated at Arizona for three years and played seven seasons in the NBA between the Rockets, Timberwolves, Pacers, and Suns.

F - Derrick Williams: Nothing gets Arizona fans excited like watching D-Will ball out in a Wildcats uniform. If you remember how dominant he was in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, you would understand why. In Arizona's run to the Elite Eight, Williams made a crucial late-game block against Memphis, scored the winning bucket against Texas, and dropped 32 points on Duke. Legendary stuff. He is currently playing in China after spending the last seven seasons in the NBA.

C- Jordan Hill: It seems like nearly every college basketball fan has a fond memory of watching Jordan Hill dominate #Pac10AfterDark (the league has since expanded to 12 teams). The 6-foot-10 big man spent three years in Tuscon, finishing his UA career ranked fifth all-time in field goal percentage (57.8%) and earning 2009 First-team All-Pac-10 honors. He went on to have a very productive eight-year NBA career, spending time with the Knicks, Rockets, Lakers, Pacers, and Timberwolves.

Coach - Richard Jefferson: Considering Jefferson is universally regarded as one of the best teammates in NBA history, it's only right that he begins his inevitable coaching career in TBT. Additionally, it wouldn't be the first time he gave back to the university that he loves so dearly. In 2007, Jefferson donated $3.5 million towards the school's new basketball and volleyball practice facility. To this day, it is named in his honor.

 

TBT Dream Team arizona_half

 

Stanford Alumni Team

G - Marcus Allen: The simple fact is that you win in TBT by playing suffocating defense. That's the only mode that Marcus Allen has ever known. The Las Vegas native finished his college career tied for 11th in school history with 121 steals. He was also a Pac-12 All-Defensive Team selection his senior season and recorded an insane 23 steals in his final 12 games. He's currently doing more of the same for the G-League's South Bay Lakers. 

G - Anthony Brown: Due to a medical redshirt his junior season, Brown spent five years in northern California. To say he made the most of that time would be an understatement. Brown was named the Pac-12's Most Improved Player in 2014 after averaging 12.3 points and 5 rebounds per game in Stanford's run to the Sweet 16. He followed it up his senior season by averaging 14.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game as well as leading the squad to an NIT championship. 

F - Landry Fields: This would be an interesting matchup for Fields, who was heavily recruited by Arizona but decided to stay in his home state of California. Based on his production at Stanford, it does not seem like he regrets that decision. After relatively quiet freshman and sophomore seasons, Fields burst on to the scene as a junior in 2008-2009. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 12.6 ppg and a team-high 6.6 rpg. The following year he took it to another level, averaging 22 ppg and 8.8 rpg as well as taking home First-team All-Pac-10 honors. He went on to play five seasons with the Knicks and Raptors.

F - Josh Huestis: Remember what we said about Marcus Allen? The same exact thing applies to Josh Huestis. The 6-foot-7 forward was a devastating force defensively throughout his college career, twice earning Pac-12 All-Defensive Team honors. While Allen is a master swiper, Huestis is known for his incredible shot-blocking ability. He racked up 190 career swats at Stanford, by far the most in school history. That has carried over to the G-League, where he's averaging 1.6  bpg in 103 contests.

C - Michael Humphrey: He may have been born in Phoenix, but there's no doubt that Michael Humphrey bleeds cardinal red. A 2018 grad, Humphrey finished with 1,037 points in his 125-game career. His 716 career rebounds rank 12th in school history, and he was just one of two players to start all 35 games his senior season. Humphrey is currently balling for Parma Basket Perm in Russia.

Coach - Brook & Robin Lopez: Close your eyes and think of Stanford basketball. For most people, the lasting image that comes to mind is Brook & Robin Lopez. The twins led Stanford to program-altering success, including a trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 2008. While neither of them needs the $2 million, something tells us they'd revel at the opportunity to lead the Cardinal back into battle.

 

TBT Dream Team stanford_half

 

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