We’ve been treating freshmen and non-freshmen in the Pac-12 like opposing sides of the bracket in breaking down our season-ending honors, but with the conference itself announcing its award winners and all-league honors, it’s time to let fly with our All-Pac team and picks for awards, with all players finally in the pool and up for honors.
|Adam Butler||Lonzo Ball, UCLA||Dillon Brooks, Oregon||Jordan Bell, Oregon||Lauri Markannen, Arizona||T.J. Leaf, UCLA|
|Gus Morris||Lonzo Ball, UCLA||Dillon Brooks, Oregon||Markelle Fultz, Washington||Lauri Markannen, Arizona||T.J. Leaf, UCLA|
|R.J Abeytia||Lonzo Ball, UCLA||Dillon Brooks, Oregon||Jordan Bell, Oregon||Lauri Markannen, Arizona||T.J. Leaf, UCLA|
What we lack in creativity, we make up in substance. It’s hard to argue with any of the choices here, although the point of contention is of course the inclusion of Washington’s Markelle Fultz. It’s hard to knock a guy who is a likely top-two pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, and it’s even harder to compare him with a player like Oregon’s Jordan Bell, who occupies such a contrasting space in terms of role, skill set, position and usage. For consistency’s sake, let’s look at the twin criteria of Net Efficiency Differential combined with Relative Defensive Efficiency. Fultz finished with a negative differential (-4.7) in conference play, while Bell finished with a staggering +33.2 differential. Of course, that’s tremendously impacted by the noted factors above, especially usage. Bell logged an 18.2 percent usage rate in conference play while Fultz carried a massive load for the Huskies at 33.2 percent.