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SDSU Basketball: Breaking Down Playing Time

SDSU vs. UNLV Men's Basketball. Photo Credit CEO David Frerker

Many fans have voiced their opinions this season about the lack of bench rotation leading to a huge lack of minutes for the bench players. This article is going to breakdown the stats of the normal San Diego State starters versus that of the San Diego State bench. We are also going to compare the amount of playing time between the starting line ups and the bench from San Diego State’s NCAA Tournament teams. Let’s take a quick look at the athletes on the San Diego State bench this season.

The most highly touted recruit in San Diego State history Winston Shepard. Freshman Skylar Spencer who could arguably be one of the best defensive players on the team and Spencer set the Mountain West Conference blocks record for a freshman this season and he is averaging only 14.9 minutes per game. Most of Spencer’s minutes have come during the non-conference portion of the season. Next many Aztec fans who follow the program are asking the question where in the world is Dwayne Polee? Dwayne Polee II is a transfer from Saint John’s who was picked to be the Mountain West Conference New Comer of The Year. Based off of stats that we have calculated Polee get’s on average 10.1 mintues of playing time per game. All of the stats for the walk on’s are inflated due to the fact most of them have only played in non conference games and blowouts.

Coach Fisher talking about Dwayne Polee’s blowout game against Wyoming:

If he plays close to what he did tonight, we are going to have to keep him in the rotation and give him a few minutes because he was good for us. He played well. He’s earned an opportunity to get some minutes with or without James Rahon.” – Steve Fisher

As stated above many fans are wanting to know where in the world is Dwayne Polee. As San Diego State  Coach Steve Fisher said after Wyoming, ” Polee has earned an opportunity to get some minutes with or without James Rahon.” When in actuality Dwayne Polee has played 10 minutes over the course of two games and James Rahon has played 71 minutes over the course of three games.

Below the poll question you will be able to see the stats from the past three seasons.

SDSU vs. UNLV

SDSU vs. UNLV

San Diego State Starting Line Up 2013:

Name Points AVG Rebound AVG Games Minutes
Jamaal Franklin 17.0 9.1 28 32.9
Chase Tapley 13.3 3.1 28 30.7
DeShawn Stephens 6.1 5.1 29 21.6
JJ O’Brien 7.9 4.9 29 27.4
Xavier Thames 8.9 2.3 25 27.5
Totals 10.6 4.9 28 28

San Diego State Bench 2013:

Name Points AVG Rebound AVG Games Minutes
James Rahon 6.9 1.8 27 23.2
Winston Shepard 6.2 3.6 26 20.2
Skylar Spencer 3.1 3.1 29 14.9
Dwyane Polee 3.0 2.0 24 10.1
James Johnson 1.2 0.2 12 4.2
Totals 10.6 4.9 23.6 14.5

San Diego State Starting Line Up 2012: 

This San Diego State Team won the Mountain West Conference Regular Season Championship, lost to New Mexico in the Mountain West Championship Game and lost their first game in the NCAA Tournament to North Carolina State. Final Record Overall 26-8 and Mountain West 10-4.

Name Points AVG Rebound AVG Games Minutes
Jamaal Franklin 17.4 7.9 32 30.3
Chase Tapley 15.8 4.3 34 34.0
James Rahon 8.9 2.7 31 31.7
Tim Shelton 5.2 4.6 31 24.0
Xavier Thames 10.1 3.2 31 33.8
Totals 11.5 4.5 31.8 30.8

San Diego State Bench 2012:

Name Points AVG Rebound AVG Games Minutes
Garrett Green 6.0 4.6 34 19.3
DeShawn Stephens 5.2 4.9 34 18.7
LaBradford Franklin 2.8 1.4 33 12.1
Alec Williams 4.0 2.1 21 10.8
Totals 4.5 3.3 30.5 15.2

San Diego State Starting Line Up 2011:

This San Diego State Team won the Mountain West Conference Regular Season Championship and won the Mountain West Championship Game against BYU. The Aztecs then proceeded to win their first ever NCAA Tournament game 68 to 50 over North Colorado State, then won their 2nd NCAA Tournament game in school history 71 to 64 over Temple in overtime and then lost to UConn in the Sweet Sixteen 74 to 67.  Final Record Overall 34-3 and Mountain West 14-2.

Name Points AVG Rebound AVG Games Minutes
Kawhi Leonard 15.5 10.6 36 32.6
Malcolm Thomas 11.4 8.1 37 30.4
D.J. Gay 11.1 2.2 37 35.2
Billy White 10.3 4.4 36 26.6
Chase Tapley 8.6 2.4 34 25.5
Totals 11.4 5.5 36 30.1

San Diego State Bench 2011:

Name Points AVG Rebound AVG Games Minutes
James Rahon 7 1.6 37 21.6
Brian Carwell 3.8 2.7 37 11.4
Jamaal Franklin 2.9 1.9 22 8.1
Alec Williams 2.1 1.4 10 4.9
LaBradford Franklin 2.1 0.9 17 7.9
Tim Shelton 1.6 1.5 31 9.4
Mehdi Cheriet 1.8 1.0 21 7.1
Totals 3.0  1.6  25 10.1

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I graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Media Studies. I am also the Founder and CEO of San Diego Sports Domination. I am award winning blogger and have been covering San Diego State Athletics and San Diego Sports for the past 6 years. I have blogged for FanSided 150 (Recruiting Website), FanSided's SDSU Site (Surf The Spear which is no longer online) and have written guest blogs on SDSU. I have been a guest on all San Diego Sports Radio stations ( ESPN 1700 San Diego, Mighty 1090 and Xtra Sports 1360). My articles have been linked to news websites all over the United States. I run this website in my spare time for fun. At my day job I am a Sports Social Media Editor for STN Digital a Digital Marketing Agency that works in the Sports & Entertainment Industry.

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