I made the point after Martin's second season that if the two years had been flipped it would have seemed more natural, more appropriate for a rebuild. It's easy to take for granted that his first team included four players who have played professionally - and that doesn't count Michael Porter Jr. and his 53 college minutes.
Jontay Porter is in the NBA and has a chacne to make Memphis' rotation next year.
Kassius Robertson, Jordan Barnett and Jordan Geist have made steady paychecks playing overseas. Barnett played for a while in the NBA G League.
Throw in a young Tilmon and that's a pretty talented core.
The rebuild started the next year after Jontay got hurt. Injuries have been a problem these last two years, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have expected more in terms of wins.
This year, this isn't a team loaded with NBA talent by any means - but there's a ton of experience. You've got some savvy players who have logged a lot of college minutes. This team has five players who have logged at least 1,600 college minutes in Division I games, led by Drew Buggs (2,800) and Dru Smith (2,300). That doesn't include Xavier Pinson (1,300) who might be the most talented player on the roster.