Question marks for me:
-If Ibekwe has been signed, doesn't this mean they have 3 guys who are most suited to the 5 spot in Ibekwe, Majok and Patton?
I thought Ibekwe was confirmed for some reason. Dissapionted now that he hasn't.
-I haven't seen much of Majok but I am assuming he does his best work close to the hoop. So, can 2 of the above 3 actually play together effectively on offense?
-At the other end, can Majok or Patton effectively guard mobile, athletic 4’s and stretch 4’s like Redhage, Wagstaff Loughton, Forman, Walker etc?
You seem to have almost forgotten about Kickert here. He moves to the 4 and Ibewke takes the toughest matchup. They play a lot of minutes until foul trouble kicks in. Kickert can move back to the 5 when he sits.
Majok and Patton are role players that will get a chance to play although nothing major is expected of them.
Blanchfield will also be able to play down at the four against the smaller matchups Wagstaff, Loughton, Forman, Walker, etc.
-How good is Holt?
-Is Holt the right fit? They need someone who’s primarily looking to run the offense- where I expect Goulding, Blanchfield and Kickert to be the top 3 scorers - and not someone who is primarily looking for their own shot.
He has the tools to be effective although you never know with a first year import. Even Wilbekin struggled at times last year when his shot wasn't falling.
-Their coach is from the States with no NBL experience. Will he be the next Mark Price? I hope not.
He will just need to put in a decent defensive system and keep the offense simple as this team shouldn't have a problem scoring the ball.
- Egos. Indians vs Chiefs and all that. Lack of unity in the playing group. This was a major issue last year according to all reports. Have the personnel changes addressed this? Will the playing group be on the same page this year?
Wortho and McRae moving on will help with this.
Have I missed anything!?
Gosh, those are major questions! Still, on the other hand there’s obviously some talent in the group.
This is the one team that will really struggle with injuries to its best 5 players. Although having depth last year didn't really work, so having 5 players playing 30 minutes plus a night might help.