I think many fans not liking the coach and dropping games we shouldnt doesnt help the 36ers crowd numbers, we like many clubs lack that crowd pulling player like Maher, Farley, Hodge, KB, who would add excitement to the game as well as help there team win, Hodge in his first stint is a good example he almost single handedly doubled the crowd for the end of Smyths last season.
I think clubs should recruit a swing man who can score and play with flair each season, they usually help you win, if you pick well, and help boost the crowd by entertaining them. Id always recruit import athletic sg/sf and either a Jackson type PG or a scoring combo guard ala Deleon, depending on what Aussie guards you have and use mostly Aussie bigs, import bigs seem more hit and miss to me as the good ones would be signed to big dollars elsewhere as there are fewer people in the world at say 6'8 plus, so therefore they are rarer and the good ones get snapped up, more quality guards/sfs fall through the cracks in the big leagues and end up in the NBL. The bigs you get in the NBL are either quite small but play hard, or are good on offense but have huge wholes in there defensive/allround game. Mostly if a team is built around one of these types of bigs as there star, they seem to struggle, where a gun pg or sg/sf ie Jackson or Farley type can carry you to playoffs/titles.
We have some good sg/sf's in the league but not that many, and im pretty sure you can get a decent import for less than a 100k given d-leaguers get around 30k, and i have read guys like Deleon, Ervin were not on big bucks in there first stint.
Imagine if the 36ers replaced say Weigh with a scoring SF in the Farley/Ere mould, nothing against Weigh, but im guessing he is on 100k+ and im confident you could get a fairly decent/entertaining import for that, im sure those guys were not on much more than that, atleast in there first season, and they would score closer to 20 ppg and help the team win, be more entertaning and boost the crowds so everyone wins.
Just a couple of subtle changes to the 36ers roster could make them far more entertaining and successful, if points allow keep Weigh off the bench and drop say Vasiljavic or Crosswell and grab a cheap import scoring swingman, even give Josh Pace a go from NZBL, if points dont allow let Weigh go and replace him with a more expensive import sg/sf in the Farley mould.
Give Massingale some minutes at the sg and the license to shoot/score. Or if he isnt upto it get a scoring import sg who is.
Slide Gibson over to play the bulk of his mins at PG alongside CJ, nothing against Cadee i just reckon Gibson is the best PG and better suited to PG than SG.
Would allow us to score more, and Gibson and Creek can take the defensive assingments.
Also play a more free sort of Smyth-like offense to keep it entertaining and the scores high,
To me that would make us instantly better and more entertaining.
(the NBL needs to clean up some of the defense up the court alot of pushing/slapping is being got away with, by many of the 'defensive' guys in the league, this would allow more flow on offense and in the game.)