A few relevant points:
- The majority of teams have upgraded their rosters. Adelaide is the only team whose roster is a significant downgrade on last season.
- United's import trio does look to be the best in the comp, but it needs to be, because United’s local contingent is just average. There’s several teams whose locals are clearly superior to United’s, and most teams locals are at least comparable.
- United would’ve spent no more than last year. If anything, they would’ve spent less. Assume Kennedy/Prather are like for like. Wesley, Andersen, Majok, Adnam vs McCarron, Trist, Pledger and Smith-Milner in.
- United’s bench includes:
Smith-Milner, an upgraded DP.
Hooley, a SEABL guy who was used sparingly in his rookie NBL season last year.
Moller, who showed flashes last year and then followed up with a strong SEABL season, but is yet to consistently prove himself as an NBL player.
Barlow, who’ll be 35 next month.