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All-decade draft: Pick the best of three Mizzou teams using players from last 10 years

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03/11/2014 10:13 AM

05/16/2014 12:29 PM

Missouri has put together some nice teams over the last 10 seasons, having reached the NCAA Tournament in the last five and winning the Big 12 Tournament in the Tigers’ final year before joining the Southeastern Conference.

But what if you and two friends drafted three eight-member teams using players from those 10 seasons as a pool? Those would be even better, and we bet there might be some discussion as to who drafted the best team.

So that’s what we’re doing leading up to the start of the Big 12 and SEC tournaments on Wednesday.

With some help from fans, Tod Palmer, our Mizzou writer, has drafted three teams using only players from the last 10 years at MU.

We did KU’s team on Monday

and will unveil K-State’s team Wednesday.

Today, we are asking you, Tigers fans, to vote for the one you think would be the best. Feel free to have at it in the comments, but keep things civil.

Mobile users, click here to find poll.

Hat tip to Brian Bechard

, whose Twitter post gave us the idea to expand this out to other schools.

MU team one
Pos. Player (years) Ht. PPG
F Laurence Bowers (2008-13) 6-8 9.8
F Ricardo Ratliffe (2010-12) 6-8 12.3
C Alex Oriakhi (2012-13) 6-9 11.2
G Marcus Denmon (2008-12) 6-3 12.6
G Jordan Clarkson (2013-) 6-5 18.1
Bench J.T. Tiller (2006-10) 6-3 7.2
Bench Johnathan Williams III (2013-) 6-9 5.8
Bench Jason Conley (2003-05) 6-5 9.1

Missouri hasn’t had many dominant frontcourt players during the last decade, but this team is loaded with some of the top-scoring Tigers’ big men. Ricardo Ratliffe owns the best shooting percentage in Missouri history (63.5), while Alex Oriakhi averaged 11.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in his only season with the Tigers. There’s depth with the versatile Laurence Bowers and promising current freshman Johnathan Williams III. Marcus Denmon, the program’s fifth-leading career scorer, leads the backcourt, which also includes Jordan Clarkson at point guard and J.T. Tiller as a defensive spark off the bench.

MU team two
Pos. Player (years) Ht. PPG
F DeMarre Carroll (2007-09) 6-8 14.9
F Leo Lyons (2005-09) 6-9 10.0
G Jabari Brown (2012-) 6-5 17.0
G Zaire Taylor (2008-10) 6-4 7.4
G Phil Pressey (2010-13) 5-11 9.7
Bench Jimmy McKinney (2002-06) 6-3 9.3
Bench Keion Bell (2012-13) 6-4 10.7
Bench Marshall Brown (2004-08) 6-7 7.2

Guard play dominates this team with Missouri’s career assists leader — Phil Pressey, who had 580 assists in only three seasons — headlining the backcourt along with sharpshooter Jabari Brown, who could become the only Tiger in the last decade to average 20 points in a season. With Zaire Taylor, Jimmy McKinney and Keion Bell, it’s a stacked group of guards. Arguably Missouri’s best big man of the last decade, DeMarre Carroll, leads a frontline that also includes Leo Lyons with energetic Marshall Brown off the bench.

MU team three
Pos. Player (years) Ht. PPG
F Linas Kleiza (2003-05) 6-8 14.4
F Kim English (2008-12) 6-6 11.1
G Thomas Gardner (2003-06) 6-5 12.0
G Stefhon Hannah (2006-08) 6-1 15.1
G Mike Dixon Jr. (2009-12) 6-1 10.5
Bench Earnest Ross (2012-) 6-5 11.8
Bench Matt Lawrence (2005-09) 6-7 8.0
Bench Keon Lawrence (2006-08) 6-2 10.4

Versatility is the hallmark of this team, led by Kleiza, who is one of top scoring forwards in Missouri history. He had range and also was a solid rebounder, while Kim English played anywhere from the two to the four in his career. Mike Dixon Jr. and Stefhon Hannah are among the best combo guards in the last decade for Missouri, while Thomas Gardner could really fill it up. The bench has some decent scoring options, including Earnest Ross and Matt Lawrence, but there’s precious little size among this bunch.

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