Two years ago
Is the playoff dream over?
Sorry to be either stating the obvious or giving up too soon, (im thinking im doing one of these things but cant decide which one)
But realistically thinking, i just cant really see us making the playoffs this season.
So what to do
I reckon we could put the club back into the playoffs/title contention with 3 simple moves
1. Change coaches - many good candidates out there with pros and cons, just someone with nbl playoff experience would be good,
2. Weigh - either give him a reduced contract and role, ie he becomes Creeks back up and is paid accordingly, or replace him. depending on how many import spots we have left, but we could theoretically either replace him with a cheap import off the bench (Dorsey?) or a cheaper aussie and spend a bit more on one of the imports.
3. Gibson, preferably retain, but if we cant keep him and he hasnt re-signed by the end of the season, go after Madgen with everything, if we cant get him get a stud import, if i had the choice between Gibson and Madgen for the sg role id take Madgen as he is the better shooter/scorer, but happy with Gibson as a combo guard, i see him as a pg more than a sg though which has its issues. So im sliding Gibson back to pg and having a import as starting sg.
Basically the rest of the roster is signed for next season or is the 9th and 10th spots so not overly critical to the team at worse give them to Warbout and Daly.
That would give us say
SF Creek/Dorsey (or Weigh on a cheaper deal)
SG import - if Christopherson turns out ok keep him or get the best we can with the money available/Daly or young sg
**if we lose gibson and can get Madgen then obviously get a import pg to split mins with Cadee instead of the import sg
****if we lose Gibson and cant get Madgen, get a stud import sg (or combo guard Ervin mould) and Cadee or Dorsey would have to start.
I'm not anti Weigh and dont blame him for the season or his role, he doesnt chose his court time and lack of plays to set up open shots for him, making him ineffective, but simply replacing him or reducing his role as i think Creek is better, right now and a better prospect (assuming his return from injury goes well) and want to see Creek played for 30 mins a game as soon as he is healthy enough to do so.
That to me should be a playoff team, especially with a new proven coach. Basically the only main change i have made is bought in Dorsey for Weigh (or reduced Weighs role) and re-jigged the rotations, with young SA guys taking over the 9th and 10th spots, this could basically be done now, so i guess many would argue to keep the roster identical and just simply change coach, maybe my 3 steps should just stop at 1, which could also be done now, which is why the fans are sooo frustrated as we can see the rosters potential but is under performing greatly.
These next couple of seasons with the talent we have assembled we should be making playoffs and fighting for titles not missing playoffs or just scraping in at best.