I think we need to points cap, it allows the league to keep some parity in the leaguy, which wouldnt be possible without it, the salary cap is basically impossible to police with the leagues limited money/resources/time, those things should be used as best they can on marketing, etc.
It has never prevented a player from playing in the league, players who were let go werent what the club wanted in that spot, and would have been let go with/without a points cap, some players wont admit it but its true, and the guys on big money in Europe are there for the moeny, again nothing to do with the points cap, there is not a single player not in the league due soley to the points cap.
Mick, you think its stupid, without it whats stopping a big money team like Perth from replacing Trueman with Neville because he 'is homesick' and agreed to play on the 'cheap', and say Bartlett with Ervin as they only have 1 import and he would come 'cheap' as he just got cut in Europe and enjoyed Australia, that takes away the Crocs 2 best players.
Sure Ervin could be replaced with another import but everyone knows its a lottery and not as simple to get someone as good, but who would you sign for Neville? I doubt the Baynes and Ogilvy types are coming to the NBL so it could be Trueman or someone of similar level.
This makes Perth significantly stronger, albeit taking the piss out of the salary cap like most teams did pre points cap, and no one can prove it as the NBL doesnt have the resources/time to do a full blown investigation/audit and makes the Crocs significantly weaker,
just losing Neville meaning you are forced to grab a Trueman type or stick with the Allen/Hinder Centre combo.
This therefore reduces parity of the league as a whole and the rich get strong and win many titles and the poorer teams its a mirical just to make the play offs.
This is the point of th points cap and why it is not stupid, it stops teams taking the complete piss out of the salary cap and allows a Neville (a fringe NBA player/Perth local) to go to the Crocs instead of just making a strong Perth team even stronger and almost a level above most other teams.
For people who say just police the salary cap, its not that simple do you know how difficult it would be to track every bit of money an owner could pay a player it is not as simple of getting a bank statement, you would potentially have to check every money pit/business an owner has to check there is not other money from outside the club itself going to a player, ie the Wildcats Pty Ltd pays Neville 40k, but owners small side background company x that no one really knows about it is paying him $150k, it wouldnt be easy to find that payment if the owner is trying to hide it and would be very time consuming or expensive to pay someone to do it for you. Getting tax returns may get you closer but the same issue of hiding money could exist and possible privacy issues in demanding a players tax return, thats also assuming everyone lodges on time, etc aswell.
So for me the points cap is a must and very good for the league overall.
On imports id love teams to be allowed to sign an extra import, but probably need to have 12 man rosters and/or a few extra teams so that not too many aussie players miss out, having an extra import could bridge the gap between the teams with top quality aussies and those without and keep the league even and could potentially add some more excitement to the league if we get the right type of imports.