True, those elite role players are great.
But paying Knight and Martin didnt cost Perth 2 qualiy imports, ie Beal and Ennis
paying Vukona and Abercrombie didnt cost NZ Ced jackson and a 2nd good import, ie Wilkinson, Ebekwe, Jackson all better than our 2nd imports of recent times
It might be the fact those clubs just can afford more, so if they pay big on role players they can go above the spending of the 36ers and not totally skimp on the imports
But with the 36ers, if we for example didnt have to pay gibson big $$$ to be more of a role palyer than star, we could have afforded 2 strong imports, not 1 good but undersized shoot first guard and a cheaper gamble on the import swingman, thats where it hurts us.
I rate Knight and Abercrombie above the others on the list anyway would pay them bigger bucks over the others.
Why perth and NZ have won titles recently is they have had a legit MVP import next to 2 of those top line role players, if you didnt have imports of the quality of Jackson, Ennis playing with them i dont think the role players carry the team to the title as good as they are
Reality is you need both, and i think you need 2 good imports, with one of them being mvp level, WITH the role players.
Gibbo and Petrie havnt been able to carry us to titles as we havnt had those imports to go with them in Adelaide, the year we got close we had Ervin who played at times close to MVP level and meshed well with the guys on the court, and DJ had a all NBL season, and still fell short due to the lack of a quality import swingman, which was largely due paying big bucks to role players, so we couldnt afford one.
Thats where it hurts that we pay big bucks to say Gibbo and not always get big performance out of them, if they cost us the 2nd import they have to sorta cover the production on the court too if we are going to contend for titles, Gibbo shows glimpses, but only ever glimpses which is what makes it so frustrating for his fans, I also dont really remember him having any really good big playoff games, he often plays big when there is no pressure, ie we are expected to lose anyway and he has a huge game and helps us win the game or get closer than expected.