Exum? Simmons? Maker? You're having a laugh, aren't you?
Simmons wasn't up to it in 2014. Exum is barely up to it. Maker will get bullied by full grown adults. What in the world are you talking about? Newley and Gibson were obvious choices over Simmons at the time because we wanted a team for the NOW.
Angola was an obvious case of tanking. They were unable to show positive proof for it, but the Australians basically escorted them to the basket on every play in the last quarter. It was a cunning ploy by Lemanis and probably the only good thing he did. Those who want to say it is morally wrong haven't been watching the Europeans too closely.
Otherwise, I agree. Australia has been largely underwhelming under Lemanis. They have played two good games as far as I have seen: V Lithuania in 2014, and most of Game 2 against New Zealand last year.
I don't have a whole lot of faith in his coaching. But if they can tap into that swarming pressure they showed in those two games, they will stand up and be counted at the Olympics. If not, we could end up overwhelmed and embarassed.
I just hope Andrej has learned a few things and is ready for this.
IF we slip out of the top 5 or 6, talent wont be at fault, Lemanis will be.