I think the 36ers would be crazy not to keep as many of this group together as possible. With a pre-season they could be scary. Don't forget the nucleus of this NZ team have had 3-5 years together.
Agreed. I don't think the 36ers will be intentionally trying to get rid of players this year, if anything it might just be forced upon them if players leave to other clubs.
The game was pretty bad in every facet for the 36ers to be honest. Our shots were missing, some of the defensive full court pressure just clearly wasn't working, NZ have a greater intensity and physicality and simply put, NZ were just scoring with greater ease than the 36ers.
Without further ado:
Gibson: Started aggressive early which was nice, but didn't do enough, particularly from the offensive end during the course of the game. He needs to do a little more offensively if the 36ers want to win a championship. Clearly would have him back next year though (if he doesn't bail on us).
Teysy: Didn't really step up this game. Needed to do make a few better decisions (as did most 36ers players), in particular if you go up for a 3 point shot, you don't really have a choice but to shoot it. Instead he went back down and travelled, that's NZ pressure getting to him. Would have him back next year.
Shenscher: Geez, Luke is a frustrating player sometimes. He was more frustrating last night, and his lack of coordination/skill showed. 36ers really can't afford to retain him on a big contract again.
Petrie: Didn't really have the kind of impactful night that we needed from him. Hit a few little jumpshots but missed that wide open 3 he can usually nail. Defensively and rebounding needed to do more. In saying that, no doubt about it, bring him back next season.
Creek: Needs more court time, showed effort, one of the few players on our team to decide to try and actually rebound. Offensively needs to drive more and show his prowess. Bring back next year, with more time on the court and greater prominence.
Crawford: Wasn't as productive for us this year as Rhys Carter was last year, but at least he showed that he was trying last night. That was something. Doubt he'd be brought back next year though.
Johnson: Glad to have him back, was hoping he'd be more prominent and dominant with Motum being useless last night. But he played well anyway and will be very happy to see him back next season as a 36er. Still needs to fix his defense though.
Motum: Just a generally bad night all round for Motum. Killed inside, didn't hit his outside shots, couldn't really rebound, was generally lame and useless. Bad game, unfortunate, but not an indictment on him as a player. Will be looking forward to seeing the Motum of the 10 game winning streak alongside Johnson next year (hopefully!).
Wilson: At least he was one of the few to really put in the effort. His 3 point shooting isn't great unfortunately, but if it wasn't for him the game would have been a disaster. If he could keep up this season's effort, I'd definitely want him back. A little criticism is there was a point where Crawford was wide open for 3 and he didn't pass, instead trying to take on 3 tall NZers.
Daly: Nice last minute at the end.