An anon mentioned Chris Burgess for Cairns, and I remembered him as being dominant too, but the other week I happened to look him up and his numbers were solid be not so dominant at 16.6 PPG and 11.9 RPG. Restrict it to his 2004/05 season and it was 20.4 PPG and 13.6 RPG, plus 2.4 BPG which is getting somewhere. I can remember him hitting threes and being tough to guard. Did he have a particularly strong stretch of one season - struggling to remember details
Isaac, my memories of Burgess are that he was very consistent and rarely had an off game. IIRC he initially came to Cairns part way during the 2003/04 season as a replacement import. He had been out for several months due to injury and had only just made himself available for hire again when the Taipans picked him up. He was somewhat out of condition and obviously lacking in match practice when he arrived and, although he still made an immediate impact, his numbers would have been down on his 2004/05 numbers.
The Taipans signed him for a further 2 seasons and he returned for the 2004/05 season noticeably slimmed down and played accordingly, returning the figures you mentioned. I think I am correct in saying that immediately the 2004/05 season finished he then went to the play in the Phillipine league and got injured. He returned to the US and the anon who initially mentioned Burgess, is correct when he says Burgess tried to get out of the second season of his contract but the club refused. I think Burgess was claiming he wasn't going to recover from his injury in time but the Taipans made him return for the pre season period and made sure he was close to ready to go when the season started.
Whilst the anon who initially mentioned Burgess says that season would have been a bit demotivational for him, since a big guy like him was worth way more $$$, once he arrived back in Cairns he got on with the job and put his best foot forward. I think the bigger reason his figures dipped in that final season was that Alan Black did not play him for the same number of minutes he had been getting previously plus the team was stronger and had added players such as Cattalini.
Zodiac, whilst Burgess had his best season for the Taipans when they were struggling to win games and he was their main scoring option (similar to Powell being the main scoring option at NZ) that's where the similarity ends in my view. I agree that Powell was a ball hog and he certainly wasn't a team player, whereas Burgess was a team player imo.