Effect of 3 import rule
I'm curious to see how NBL teams are handling the new 3 import rule. Which teams have selected a 3rd import and what kind of level are the extra imports at? Are these spots being used on cheaper foreign talent? Are we seeing the spots go to imports that are significantly more talented than locals? Are we likely to see any significant increase in standard for what might be fewer opportunities for local players to get minutes and develop?
Some coaches worldwide seem to claim that the argument that more imports take away from opportunities for locals to play and develop, thereby limiting development opportunities and leading to a lower standard of local players. Then there are those that claim a higher standard local league, via more imprt talent, helps develop local talent as the level of competition increases.
This issue is especially important to young talent trying to enter the league. Are the 3rd imports taking away from young talent? Does it act as a disincentive for NBL teams to develop local talent when you can just recruit a pre-packaged post-college player from the US? Or is the 3 import rule basically a response to fewer young players intending to develop in the NBL, instead opting for NCAA college?
Whether the 3 import rule is good for Australian basketball all depends on the import options available, how NBL teams are using them, and the level of local talent. I'm just not sure where we stand in this respect. I'm curious to hear opinions on this. Is the NBL sacrificing local development at the expense of a marginally improved standard of competition in the NBL?