BYU Basketball: Who's More Indispensable—Tyler Haws or Brandon Davies?

Samuel BensonContributor IIIJanuary 10, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Terrance Shannon #2 of the Florida State Seminoles fights for a rebound against Brandon Davies #0 and Tyler Haws #3 of the Brigham Young Cougars during their first round game of the Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center on November 16, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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BYU has a great combination of guard in Tyler Haws and forward Brandon Davies, and the two are fun to watch on the court. Combining for 39.6 points and 12.9 rebounds per game, the duo are nearly unstoppable when paired together.

But when one is forced to the bench because of injury or foul trouble, who do the Cougars need more?

Tyler Haws is BYU's main scoring option, and the offense does not run very smoothly without him. His game beyond the three-point arc adds an extra boost for the Cougars, as his shooting from the charity stripe is incredible.

Haws has missed only seven free throws on the year and has a percentage of 91.6. On the other end of the floor, Haws has 21 steals on the year and can play in most places in BYU's zone.

Tyler Haws does not have the experience of Brandon Davies, though, a senior that has competed in two NCAA tournaments and led the Cougar frontcourt when Jimmer Fredette was in Provo. Averaging 18.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, Davies shoots 56 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range.

As seen in the San Fransisco game last week, Davies is needed on the court for BYU. When he picked up his third  foul and was sent to the bench for a while, the Dons went on a huge run to take a nine-point lead. As soon as Davies was sent back on the floor midway through the second quarter, he helped engineer a comeback to hand the Cougs a four-point win.

Behind Davies, BYU doesn't have very much depth in their frontcourt. Josh Sharp is a nice pair for Davies, but there is no one that is talented enough to be a complete replacement. But at shooting guard, Anson Winder, Craig Cusick and even Raul Delgado can replace Haws when needed. I'm not saying that any of them are better than Haws, but they can hold down the fort when needed.

All in all, I think that Brandon Davies is a tougher person to play without in BYU's situation, mainly because of a lack of depth. But who do you think is more indispensable? Haws or Davies? Share your opinion below.