Earlier this month
Team Ratings Part 3 - Perth Wildcats
Backcourt - Mitch Norton, Bryce Cotton, Damien Martin, Terrico White, Greg Hire
Backcourt Rating: A
The Cats knew Martin needed better support than Kenny and getting Mitch Norton; what more could Damo ask for? Whether or not Norton steals Martins starting spot is irrelevant, you're certainly in a good position in the NBL if you have Norton and Martin at the point, the leagues best defensive guard and a damn good defensive guard in Norton. Bryce Cotton should deliver another dominant year at his natural SG position. Terrico White seems like a budget signing for Perth, despite this he should fit well into this side, expect to see many highlight dunks from him on the break or on someones head... Hire is your Brendan Teys like bloke, not an import player, but a glue guy and a handy person to have on the bench, his most valuabke asset being his shooting ability. I can't find too much to criticize here, It would would help to have another shooter in this backcourt, the team itself this year seems to be missing a consistent 3pt shooter which we saw cost them last year...
Frontcourt - Angus Brandt, Tom Jervis, Clint Steindl, Nick Kay, Jesse Wagstaff, Rhys Vague
Frontcourt Rating: B
Cats were in deperate need for Aussie talent and they went out and got it, adding Nick Kay and Jervis. While Jervis will serve as a backup, he'll still give shotblocking and rebounding with every minute he gets. A starting duo of Brandt and Kay are going to punish teams in the paint. Cats will be hopeful Steindl returns to form and begins to hit his shots at a higher clip...because in all honesty, this team isn't going to punish you from outside and it could cost them. However they have left an import spot open for a reason...no doubt in my mind they'll add an import 3pt shooter later in the year.
A small ball lineup of Norton, Cotton, White, Wagstaff and Kay would be, IMO the most effective use of this list.
Don't expect the streak of consecutive playoffs to end this year, unless a catastrophic injury wave hits Perth.