Also how do NBL clubs out bid top Euro clubs for our top young talent
I remember when Kickert finnished college and he was training with the Tigers one off season when they had Anstey on the roster, they were trying to convince him to play NBL, but he chose Europe, i remember Anstey mentioning he was starting his pro careeer on around $250k in Europe, NBL cant compete,
a. thats marquee type money for a league with $1mil or there abouts cap, which Kickert straight out of college wouldnt have been ready for, very few of our young players could come and dominate NBL straight out of NBL to justify that price tag.
b. if we did pay those guys that and keep them, and then we have to pay other, better older guys that or more, so club roster budgets blow out to what most NBL clubs could afford, we bearely afford current levels, some dont
So i dont see how we match that, without over paying guys who wont live up to the price tag and there teams wont be strong enough as a result, (guys like Weigh and Cadee in the Clarke 36ers are sort of NBL examples to a lower level too)
Or sending clubs broke
So lets face it the next young star, etc isnt likely to play NBL striaght away as they can earn so much more in Europe straight away
The NBL cant really fix that imo
So having a few imports helps compliment the Aussies that we can get in the NBL, and makes it a stronger product.
To me the NBL is about entertainment, selling tickets, sponsorships, tv, etc, which to me it needs to be, to be able to afford to pay the players they need to make money
The best Aussies, and young ones will still get a gig as they do now, lets face it we still have guys who were not great young players getting minutes and court time in the NBL, ie SOJ, when you could easily find a cheap import who is way better at no real cost to the NBL or developing top talent for Aus basketballs future