Where's the next Sammy Mac?
We've all seen from the NZ series that our second tier big men are, for now, defensively suspect at the intl level. But the other big problem that isn't going away is that our three current top wing players (Newley, Barlow and Ingles) struggle to stay in front of their man on defence and are inconsistent at best from the 3pt arc.
If we want to take that next step, IMO we HAVE to unearth a top notch athlete in the Mackinnon mould, who has the speed, size and desire to contain the opposition's best scorer and grab all those long rebounds our less mobile bigs can't get to. If they can knock down the open three consistently, even better!
So my question is: what players in the NBL or coming through the AIS/ US College can realistically fill this need within three years?