2020-21 Season

Replacing Zavier Simpson and the search for shot creation

For the first time in three years, Michigan will have a new starting point guard next season.

The Wolverines have gone from Darius Morris to Trey Burke to Derrick Walton and Zavier Simpson. That’s four point guards over ten years, two of which graduated as multi-year starters. The point guard label is overblown in modern basketball, but the importance of shot creation isn’t.

With Zavier Simpson’s graduation, Michigan needs to replace one of the best on-ball creators in college basketball. Wading through a sea of advanced stats, here’s a look at the primary candidates to replace some of Simpson’s production and why they might not all be “point guards.”

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