@Zodiac, I can see some strength in some of your comments, and as a long tem Taipans fan, I concur that Fearne's system is a difficult one for players to really shine. That said, Cairns has always had problems (due to both cash and location) drawing high quality players at the peak of their careers, and when we have, we've often been gutted by other teams (witness Melbourne poaching Ubake and Dorsey, along with Dillon.)
I also heartily agree with my courtside neighbour, @CT. We can go round and round about Fearne, but he's here for next season. That's why I initiated the post about the playing group, not the coaching personnel.
Also, @Wookie is right. What NBL teams would have come close to the finals this year without the stellar play of their impoorts? Adelaide without Randle? Perth were crap without Cotton, even with Prather playing his pants off. Illawarra without Clarke firing were pasted by Cotton and his cohort in the finals series.
^ Anon: Sobey is relevant to the discussion. Maynard couldn't crack an NBL roster anywhere, and Bruce will always be a fairly decent back up.
So, yes, teams live and die by their imports. It's just a fact that Australia has rarely produced point guards of the standard we can get from (principally) the USA. That's why every almost team in the NBL has relied on them over the years.
So, should the Taipans stump up for a really high quality PG? Should they try to keep Trice?
What are their options at PF? Personally, I think they should play Egwu at PF with Nate more often - he CAN hit that 15 foot jump shot (I don't know about 15 yards, CT!) Weigh can also play at PF, he has the strength and the athleticism, can post a lot of guys up, and also stretch the floor. Is a PF by committee approach feasible, with Egwu, Loughton and Weigh sharing the minutes, given that Egwo will also have to share minutes with Nate (especially if he has fould called on him at the rate he did this season)?
How about this?
That still leaves a roster spot open, perhaps for a returning college player at PF/C.