Well, with or without Simmons we're going to have a better team on paper than we had in Rio.
Delly/Sobey (upgrade offensively, similar defense)
Mills/Gliddon (more length, more dependable shot)
Ingles/Adel/Creek (less shooting ability, more athleticism and grunt)
Bolden/Motum (Bolden is a clear upgrade athleticly on Bairstow)
Baynes/Bogut/Landale (Landale can probably play a similar role to Anderson, Bolden can slip down to Center in small ball situations).
The 2019 team should have more length and athleticism and go deeper than the 2016 team, but still, not having Simmons is a big knock.
Also, has anyone else noticed that the talking heads of Australian basketball have shied away from the issue of Ben's availability? Nothing from heal, Homicide, Wortho, Boti, or really anyone with any official link to the NBL or Basketball Australia on the topic, save for the limp statement released last night. Why are people tip toeing the subject? Santamaria literally interviewed Lemanis today at Summer League and made no mention at all about it.