We all knew it was a possibility, but it looks like Michael Gbinije will officially be the starting point guard for Syracuse University this season. It’s unclear what that means for Kaleb Joseph, but Jon Rothstein reported getting that little tidbit directly from Jim Boeheim.
Jim Boeheim told @CBSSports that Michael Gbinije will be Syracuse's starting point guard during the 2015-16 season. Fifth-year senior.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 13, 2015
Obviously, this could have a big impact not only on Joseph, but on the small forward position in general (and it should be noted, the timing is definitely funny considering Gbinije was just named to the Julius Erving Award watch list, given to the nation’s top small forward). So, what does this mean for the starting five?
Since Trevor Cooney is playing the shooting guard spot, it doesn’t sound likely that Joseph will remain in the starting lineup unless the Orange go with a three guard lineup on offense. After all, Gbinije could still play on the back of the 2-3 zone even if he facilitates the offense. But it seems more likely that we could be seeing a spot opened up for either Malachi Richardson or Tyler Lydon to emerge as a starter.
Given Lydon’s versatility, he seems like a better candidate to come off the bench since he can play either forward spot or the center position in a pinch. Richardson, meanwhile, is a prototype shooting guard at 6-foot-6, but could start and play the small forward role on offense.
If Joseph is truly going to come off of the bench, I’d personally like to see Lydon emerge as the fifth starter, simply because of the size, rebounding, and added versatility and athleticism he adds to the team. Still, I’d wager it’ll be Richardson, at least at the start of the season.