Last season, I enjoyed watching the Sixers for the first time in quite a few years. We were 13-2 at home (god-awful on the road but at least I didn't have to watch that) and had some guys (Hill) who looked like they were on the cusp of some sort of greatness. This year has been a stagnant, uninteresting, boring heap of shit. The on court highlight for Sixers this season was Guy Sebastian, and I hate him.
I think a lot of it came down to the selection of Gilchrist to run the point. He pretty much cut everyone else out of the game, including Ballinger for extended periods. If I wanted to watch a guy dribble on the spot for 2 hours then I'd got to an old folks home, where I wouldn't have to pay admission.
At the time I bought into the idea of Groves coming in, especially as he was cheap, but Jesus if the media reports are accurate then one of these guys had $20M and so I think maybe a few extra grand could have been found to secure a decent second import.
From memory Herbert was signed last, and he has been great and in some respect the team did well to get such a solid player when he was available, but at the same time it made us so lop-sided at the guard position it isn't funny. Added to that, is that pretty much the entire front court are guys who can only play one position, meaning we had no versatility. A place should have been found for Garlepp, who had a fantastic preseason.
Add to that Molitor, who has basically just had the Hollywood seats for the entire season, but for arguments sake, if he can hit a three from 26 feet like he did against Townsville why was he not tried at least a few times in a meaningful way to spread the floor?
As for Ninnis, you just don't get to finish dead last, have no team defensive or offensive cohesion, and get to keep your job. If you do, then we might as well change our jersey to that of the Melbourne Demons FC, as we will be anchored to the bottom of the ladder for some time to come. But there won't be any draft picks coming our way.