It’s been a year of change for John Calipari and the Kentucky basketball program, and it’s not slowing down.
The next big change Calipari is working on is his offensive system, which has been heavily criticized in recent years, even called “archaic.” A big part of that has been a lack of shooting in an era of basketball that’s put a premium on shooting.
Calipari clearly got the message this offseason as he went out and landed sharpshooters CJ Fredrick, Kellan Grady and TyTy Washington, while Davion Mintz and Dontaie Allen are also back. Calipari also landed Georgia transfer Sahvir Wheeler, arguably the best passer in the conference and someone who should consistently find open shooters on the perimeter.
During a Wednesday appearance on KSR, Calipari briefly touched on the new offensive approach he’s taking, which includes more four-guard lineups.
Calipari also says he's trying something new with the 2021-22 team, a different offensive system that has him excited.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) September 8, 2021
"Four perimeter players, basically four guards." https://t.co/HF0Krn9xc9
Again, with so many quality guards on the roster, Calipari will likely need to deploy four-guard lineups at least for a few minutes in games to ensure everyone eats. Doing so will space the floor out more and keep teams from packing the paint and/or deploying zone defenses as much as they’ve been able to against Kentucky in recent years, which has led to some pretty painful offensive outings for the Cats.
Look for this to be one of Kentucky’s better shooting teams under Calipari, at least in terms of volume of threes taken.