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Aussies/kiwis that probably should be in the nbl now...

To strengthen the league, we need more home grown talent playing here.
Most of these guys below are playing in worse leagues than our own. Ill exclude the pro guys playing at a level potentially higher than Nbl. Euro league/G league etc

6'4 Webster
6’7 Adel
6’8 Cooks
6’10 Motum
6’11 Landale
7’0 Humphries

Not in NBL, but could/should be...

6’5 Rusbatch
6’8 Fotu
6’10 Wynyard
6’10 Salt

6’8 Deng
6’8 Jois
6’9 McCarthy
6’10 Mathiang
6’11 Reath


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Rusbatch absolutely has to. Still can't believe he hasn't got a gig.

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In terms of the other NZers:

Wynyard has regressed a lot I think - but I can't be too hard on him because he did have that back injury/surgery and that's not easy to come back from quickly.

Salt just signed to play in Poland and Fotu is playing in Treviso.

Fotu is on big money in Europe I think (Ratiopharm spend quite well). Treviso would too.

Salt probably isn't ever going to command big dollars in the NBL given his style of play. Without sounding harsh, he's probably one of the least sought after players ever thats captained a team to an NCAA championship. He does a lot of good things and would be invaluable, but with the way the league is heading hes not the guy you're going to spend a couple hundred thousand on.
He is probably earning better coin in Poland as he probably been brought in as a marquee type player given his background.

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We want the NBL to be the best league below the NBA, so that extent we'd love our top non-NBA talent to be in here.

Those that you exempt are definitely ones i'd love to see here!

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Foto and Salt play in top leagues in Europe, so are exempt, Jois has shown nothing, can only play individual.

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Rusbatch should definitely be in the league as a bench scorer. He showed at the World Cup and the warmup games that he can still contribute beyond NZ NBL.

Is Wynyard training / trialling with the Taipans? He should never have gone to Kentucky. Wasted his time, got injured and somewhere along the line got himself in trouble. An NBL team should offer him a development spot, Tohi Smith-Milner has grown leaps and bounds at Melbourne and Wynyard has far more athleticism (pre-injury though) than Tohi.

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Tasmania is going to have a great team
next year

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Salt doesn't play in a "top" European league. Poland is mediocre. I also note, that Salt is still actually in NZ at the moment, when the rest of the team is in Poland? Something must be wrong with the deal.

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We are going to get probably another 4 college kids come into the league next year.
White and vasljevic + others.

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Who are the kiwi seniors in college atm?

Timmons, Freeman, waardenburg, McWilliams, wetzell, alok are all potential Nbl big men.

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Other non mentioned potential kiwis in the NBL upcoming seasons:

19/20 Season:
Mike Karena - 6'10 (C) - age ~26 - good defensive player and basketball IQ using his size, former NCAA D1 player and last played for Canterbury Rams in the NZ NBL

(DP) Tanne Samuel - 6'7 (PF) - age ~20 - very talent player with post moves and shooting 3s, played for Manuwatu Jet in the NZ NBL

Dominique Kelman-Poto (PF) - 6'7 - age ~24 - talent player but need more on court experience to develop his game

James Hunter (C) - 6'10 - used to played in NZNBL and NBL1

20/21 Season:
Izayah Leafa - 6'2 (PG/SG) - talent senior player in NCAA D1 (Sac State), Tall Black representative in his age 16.

Max Darling - 6'7 (PF) - High potential and strong body, athletic with post up game and explosive moves, able to hit 3s, playing pro in Europe.

Jackson Stent - 6'8 (SF) - good 3 point shooter and size with his position, senior player in NCAA D1 (HBU)

Jayden Bezzant - 6'2 (PG/SG) - intelligent player, senior player in NCAA D2
there are other potential players from NCAA D2 ... Logan Elers (6'7), Joe Cook-Green (6'2), Nikau McCullough (6'2)

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Logan Elers?!? You gotta be kidding me. That's way off the mark.

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Well it looks like rusbatch for nz and maybe Karena, cairns are in now.

Brandt's another one who should be here still.
You’d think humphries could be back soon if he doesn’t get a gig beyond g league.

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