Alabama Basketball: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from Week One

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The Good: Offense is clicking, Transfers have played nicely, and a promising freshman

The Alabama Basketball team has played lights out offensively, scoring 105 and 102 points in its first two games. The team is shooting 50% from three and 53.7% from the field both solid numbers for a team continuing to gel. The team is averaging twelve turnovers per game which is on the higher side but, a number I’d expect to drop as the team continues to get experience playing together.

The main concern this offseason was how the team would fare with such a heavy reliance on mid-major transfers. So far the transfers have performed nicely for the Alabama Basketball team with Grant Nelson and Aaron Estrada leading the way. Nelson is averaging 22 points per game while Estrada is scoring 21.5 points per game. The play of Estrada and Nelson will determine how far this team is able to go this season and with the way they’ve played to open the season, there is certainly a reason to feel optimistic.

The other bright spot through two games has been true freshman Jarin Stevenson who’s played well to start the year. Stevenson is averaging eleven points per game with four rebounds per game. Stevenson has played impressively off-ball in the Alabama offense and looks to fill a role similar to the one Noah Clowney played last season.