North Carolina forward James Michael McAdoo finds himself in the same position, figuratively speaking, as he was toward the end of last season. He was asked to play center, a position he had little comfort in playing, last season when the Tar Heels decided a four-guard lineup put their best players on the floor at once. As long as North Carolina has limited depth on the wing with its current personnel, McAdoo will be asked to play small forward. That another position in which he's not as comfortable, but he is forced to be the Tar Heels’ second option there behind J.P. Tokoto. “We don’t have enough wing players right now to play,” coach Roy Williams said. “We have to get James Michael to spend quite a bit of time at 3.” McAdoo has clearly shown he’s best when playing power forward operating beside a center that can score in the post. That’s why the lineup with Brice Johnson at center and McAdoo at power forward has been so successful this season. An opponent’s frontcourt can’t focus on stopping McAdoo with Johnson also a proven scorer. It almost seems the opposite when McAdoo is playing small forward, as opponents can largely ignore him because he’s not as likely to hurt them scoring.
McAdoo finding his way at small forward
ESPN | Dec 1