Years ago

Have the Cats "Nailed It" this season?

I had a very interesting conversation with someone, whom I will just say is in a much better position than I to know what's going on.
I don't believe I'm giving away anything confidential, as it's effectively past-tense, and there are really no "secrets" involved.

This is NOT a "rah rah Cats are great" thread, more a "things are not always what you might first think" deal. At the start of this season, I was worried that the Cats's squad was unbalanced, and that their recruiting whilst good was also curious.
However according to my friend, the Cats went into the off-season with a 5~6 point plan, and have effectively nailed every one.
In no particular order (and I'm not sure I can remember everything) the goals they set at the end of last season were as follows:
1) Get a genuine backup PG for Martin, not only to spell him off the bench, but they recognised that an injury to him would otherwise be disastrous.
2) Replace Redhage in the starting line up with an Australian PF, preferably a "Brock Motum type" to give them two genuine post players.
3) Use their import slot to find a swingman, someone who could partner Beal to give them two wing players.
4) Improve their overall 3-point ability, but not he insisted by bringing a so-called “3-point specialist.”
5/6) To effectively “rebalance” their squad to account for the lower minutes played by their bigs, and provide greater depth to guard against injuries to Knight & Redhage.

And so,
1. This was supposed to be Greenwood, but they are also happy with Kenny. And how “prophetic” were their concerns over an injury to Martin?
2. They have in effect done exactly that, moving Knight to the PF role.
3. Prather is really starting to grow on me. Once you get rid of the notion that he should be a Forward, you realise what a great player he is and the value he adds.
4. Greenwood apparently would have helped, but Kenny can also hit them. Prather is much better than DD from outside, and as he explained it to me, whilst Knight and Jawai can't shoot 3’s, their presence collapse the D and gives space to the outside shooters.
5/6. And here was me thinking the squad was unbalanced. Its ironic that the injuries to date have been to the smaller players, but in the run home they still expect they will need that depth in the forwards.

Not to say that their plans were perfect or will have a perfect outcome, just that its interesting how something that looked a bit like pot-luck was anything but.

NB: There were a few questions he basically laughed off, which I took as a "no comment," on Lisch, Ennis, and Jawai.

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Years ago

I'd say they're most susceptible to an injury to Beal. If I'm a Cats fan he's the last guy who I'd want to get injured. By far.

But yeah on the whole they have put together a strong roster and there's no way I'd have predicted they'd be where they are, given the time Martin has missed. They are very well placed

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Years ago

Kenny is doing a far better job that what Greenwood would have done.

Greenwood is not and never was a natural PG.

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Years ago

cats got super super lucky with Kenny. he has been huge.

"And how "prophetic" were their concerns over an injury to Martin?"


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Years ago

Not sure they got lucky with Kenny.

Think the Breakers just had a slight mistake (unusually i might add) in failing to sign him/consider him.

At the end of the day, he was a Tall Black - who held his own against Mills and Dellavedova.

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Years ago

Slight mistake?

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Years ago

Breakers kooked it big time, Kenney is confident and composed while MacDonald looks in a panic/rushed.

Possibly a reflection of how much stronger the NZNBL is than SEABL?

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Years ago

Big mistake*

I didn't want to come off harsh because they've rarely put a foot wrong in the last 5 years.

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Years ago

Yes, but they got lucky Greenwood chose not to play. Otherwise, no Kenny and Jawai and they wouldn't have nailed it.

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three points  
Years ago

Kenny is a longterm backup so they got that shored up that is if they can re-sign him.

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Years ago

Given the fact that the Wildcats had players re-rated to fit Jawai in when Jawai would've fit in anyway, I'd say he was part of the plan before Greenwood left.

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Years ago

"Possibly a reflection of how much stronger the NZNBL is than SEABL?"

Not really. The NZ NBL is stronger, no question, but I think Kenny's composure comes from playing against the best teams in the world for the Tall Blacks.

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Years ago

One of the questions I asked, and couldn't get an answer to, was "how far back did they know Jawai was coming?"
(My friend may have thought that info was not for public discussion, or its possible he just didn't know.)

I'm not sure about Kenny being a long-term solution, given he's already 30, however given the injuries to Martin, Kenny has been a great pickup.
Greenwood may have been a better fit to backup both Martin and Beal, and presumably could have been a long-term player, but in the circumstances Kenny has been a great 2nd choice.

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Callisto 75  
Years ago

Kenny is a pure Point Guard whereas Greenwood is a combo guard - as above said Kenny has been good value considering how late he was signed and Martin's injury. Greenwood and Martin together would be a better combo than Kenny and Martin together.

Kenny is 30 so could play for another 3-4 years as a back up point but the Breakers could want him next year.

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