NBL is missing the big picture
The problem with the NBL is not the number of teams; the problem is that it's not the best players available to play. Australian’s like to watch and support Australian sport if they can see the best players, play. AFL best players in the world, NRL best players, A-League best players available. NBL are not best players going around, not even the best Australian talent going around. I am a lover of the game of basketball and spend money on NBA TV and others to watch Basketball from around the world but I will not pay to watch the NBL.
The player point system that NBL teams have to construct their teams with is a joke, all it does is stop teams going out and trying to get the very best players they can. If they can get 10 gun players and fit them into the salary cap then good job.
The league should be about trying to create Australian NBL stars. Not restrict talented players from getting into a team. If the NBL create some excitement in the league and create an elite sports entertainment product then the fans, crowds and TV audience will grow. Then the league will grow.
I watched the SEABL grand final this year and witnessed DQ from Dandenong destroy players that are playing in NBL teams this season, for him not to be playing in the NBL is a joke. A lot of NBL players, play in the SEABL in the off season and find it hard to be effective, where they should be super stars. The only reason they are in the NBL, they have a low point score!
The solution is easy, scrap the player point system. Every team can have Two International imports; One Local based import (played in AUS for SEABL previous season); Eight Australian players and three Development players. Roster of 14 players. The only salary restriction is that development players can only be paid $30K pp. That leaves $910,000 for 11 Players.
The NBL needs to create an Elite completion where the best players, play. Not where average players play because they have a low point score. Then we may start to see some exciting basketball in the NBL. "If you build it they will come"