Two years ago
Are the Cat's getting Value from Jawai?
He's rumoured to be on big Marquee money, and even if not as big as rumoured you'd imagine he's getting a decent wad. Plus in any event, he's a 9 point player taking up a starting spot.
He's a great character, and an awesome presence on court, I just don't know that the Cats are getting full value.
Indirectly, he is exactly what the Cats wanted: They wanted a bigger front court and a local starting at PF, and with Jawai allowing Knight to play there, that's what they got.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure the NBL is the right league for him. He's a bull, his strength is his size, and for better or worse he's not really able to use it under our conditions.
I've never really followed Euro ball. It used to be said that their leagues were more physical and dominated by big guys, but I've no idea if that's still the case.
Nate is only 209cm. He's actually shorter than DJ, and without the leap, and significantly shorter than the genuine 7 footers like Schenscher and Pledger. Rightly or wrongly, if he's not allowed to throw his weight around, he's less effective than those other guys.
People talk about his "condition," but mostly I think it's just his build.
It's not as though he can play big minutes either.
In his earlier games he was starting to grab a few boards, committed far too many fouls, and now seems reluctant to throw himself in there.
I think one of the advantages Perth does have is that between Jawai, Knight, and Jervis, they can block out and wear down someone like DJ.
However we've seen that they struggle against a team like the Breakers, especially with an athletic centre like Jackson.