D2.0
Last month

Is Hunt a Good Fit for this League and the Cats?

Just once I'd like to get an import that actually matches Gleeson's claims.

Hunt was supposed to be an athletic centre who could run the floor and protect the rim.

He actually seems like a good player, and he'll get even better once he settles in. But he's just hopelessly outmatched in this league.

Watching him trying to guard Nate was comical.
Maybe he was once as athletic as hyped and age has caught up with him??

In this league, you'd be pretty happy with him starting at the 4, occasionally backing up the 5, and/or coming off the bench as an impact player. But as your starting centre???

I'm also biased because I am accustomed to years of tough Wildcats Defence, and he is definitely more of an offensive weapon.

Given that he has carved out a very successful career, I can only suggest it's a combination of age & injury slowing him down, along perhaps not being accustomed to the physicality and defensive requirements of this league.

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Anonymous  
Last month

If the league was full of fit healthy Nates then Hunt wouldn't be a good fit. But is isn't. He's fine. Pretty good actually.

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Moose  
Last month

Classic cat chat content

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Anonymous  
Last month

Yep
Perth supporters are funny one loss and sack the import. Stop losing your sh!t it's a long season.

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Anonymous  
Last month

(Hunt was supposed to be an athletic centre who could run the floor and protect the rim. )

He is.


(Watching him trying to guard Nate was comical.
Maybe he was once as athletic as hyped and age has caught up with him??)

Watching anyone try and guard Nate is comical he is a legit giant



(He actually seems like a good player, and he'll get even better once he settles in. But he's just hopelessly outmatched in this league.)

This doesn't make sense you contradict yourself


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LC  
Last month

"The addition of Hunt makes an already unstoppable Cotton that much more unguardable."

Five observations from the NBL's first two rounds

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Cats for life  
Last month

Give credit to the tipans! They played awesome and didn't matter how good we played they were on fire and played team ball and that's what a team does.

Like every other import, blame the lack of production of the bench and last night showed how valuable Hire was for perth.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Perth's bench was weak it's easy to make Steindl the scapegoat but Norton, Majok,Vague and Wagstaff all need to step up.

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Anonymous  
Last month

^yep plus Cairns played really well. Hope they can keep it up

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D2.0  
Last month

"This doesn't make sense you contradict yourself "

He appears to be a very good player. His defence has been poor, but I'm sure will improve if he can stop getting the cheap foul-shots.

As I said, if we were playing him as a 4, or even a backup 5, great, but I'm questioning whether he can get the job done as a starting Centre.

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Btown  
Last month

Alarmist bs after first loss at its finest

Jawai had 4 points in 18 minutes and ZERO Offensive boards.


A lot of Cairns 3s had a hand in their face, credit to them knocking them down.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Yeah, takes a Perth thread to bring out all the morons.

"Alarmist bs after first loss at its finest

Jawai had 4 points in 18 minutes and ZERO Offensive boards.


A lot of Cairns 3s had a hand in their face, credit to them knocking them down."

A. I would say Hunt has looked suspect since the first pre-season game. He was crap against United and My Granny could have got a triple-doubel against the Hawks so its got nothing to do with a "first loss"

B. You must be at some new level below brain-dead to compare him to Jawai.
The Starting Import Centre for the Reigning Champs V the local bench guy for the reigning wooden spooners. facepalm!

C. What the Hell has Cairn's 3 point shooting got to do with Hunt? If you think it was his job to defend the 3, then you're even dumber than the Jawai comment suggests.


Hunt is a Crab. We need to have a good laugh if hes the best Trev could come up with.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Let's put it another way - which team has a worse starting center?

Adelaide - Johnson - nope
Brisbane - Hodgson - nope
Cairns - Oliver - closer but still nope
Hawks - AJ/Boone - no
United - Long - nope
NZ - Loe - maybe
Phoenix - Benson - Probably

Well done, the richest franchise in the league managed to hire a import centre whose probably better than one other and might be better than NZ local Loe.

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Btown  
Last month

Been involved in basketball for more than 20 years (and no I'm not 20). Let's walk you through the points you struggle to comprehend.

A) Hunt is adjusting to rules, which is why he struggled against Melbourne. A lot of bigs that have been in this league for years still struggle. Using preseason for any arguments is flawed to the n'th degree. Your Illawarra comment isn't worth addressing. And his defensive issues are prominent when he picks up 2 fouls early and teams start going at him (and rightfully so).

B) Brain dead to respond to OP who mentioned it? Or to the other posts that mentioned it? Nate had minimal impact when Hunts defensive capability against a 130kg+ man was questioned. Just discussing the topic at hand. He may be a starter, but he is the 3rd import choice which I think makes him a solid pickup given he could average a double-double if he can last 20+ minutes a game.

C) I apologise, this one needs some explaining of basic basketball concepts that I presumed to be common knowledge. What happens when a big unit like Jawai dominates low block? Rotations and doubles, freeing up perimeter shooting. The post explains that Cairns efficiency did not come from a liability in post defending. Cairns were just efficient, if Cairns go 7/11 from deep from their starting centre and power forward again then maybe we can discuss his perimeter defense but I don't think anyone saw that coming.

Probably one of the same anons the wrote of White and the wildcats last season.

Gleeson has a bunch of other issues I could bring up way before Hunt makes the list. But I don't know what they would have to do with the topic. Maybe start another thread for that if you want to...

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Anonymous  
Last month

913 wtf you on about?
The original poster said Hunt couldn't guard Nate, hence the stats posted above to prove otherwise.

Reading not your strong point champ?

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J  
Last month

Perth was plus 18 fga, plus 14 o boards, had 1 more d board even though cairns shot twice as well. 7 less turnovers. They lost by 23... sometimes its as simple as scoring more than your opponent.

Hunt is fine, he was scared to collect a 3rd and gave up a few to easy points, you could also say he was I the wrong end of some real 50 50 calls too

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Let's see how he goes against Long tomorrow before we all get carried away.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Hunt has proven he's very good.

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D2.0  
Last month

"Hunt has proven he's very good."

maybe I'm just splitting a very small hair, but I still draw the distinction between Hunt being a very good player, and being a very good fit.

In fairness, part of this discussion has to be about his backup Majok, but as is always the way Locals are what we've got and the focus is on the import filling the gap.

Between the two, we need better than 34 minutes, 13 points, and 7 boards. And we need a much better defensive impact.
When a dinosaur like Pledge can roll out his Zimmer and get 8 points and 7 boards in 10 minutes, then we have a problem.

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Senator11  
Last month

You're also missing his ability to move the ball, he led the game yesterday with 7 assists, that's an underrated stat, if he's going to get our guys easy buckets the way Bogut does I'm happy with that. Crashes the boards well for an undersized big and 100% getting used to the umpiring like every other big import that has entered the league.

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D2.0  
Last month

I don't really understand what I am seeing..
He's had games where he got into foul trouble, he's had games where he was crap, and he's had games where he's started brilliantly.
And it's the SAME story. He get's benched and we barely see him again.

Against SEM early he was dominating. Massive Dunk at one end followed by a Huge rejection at the other.
Bang, he's benched, and only comes on in dribs & drabs.

He's averaging less than 19 minutes a game.

WTF?
Is there some medical condition we should know about?

It's not like Jook is filling the gap, between the two we're not even getting 31 minutes, with the gap covered by Kay, Wagstaff, and Vague

What exactly is the plan here?

If Hunt is part of Trev's grand new plan to play small-ball, then just get the fuck on with it and lets see if it works. Don't keep ganking him after 5 minutes.

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PerthD  
Last month

Relax Daz. Cats are 5-1. Gleesons plan is getting ws

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Andrew  
Last month

Similar minutes to Angus in previous seasons

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D2.0  
Last month

True, but Gus was a local, which is always a "take what you can get" scenario.
Hunt is an import and we should be getting more.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Hunt is here to replace Gus. You don't get exactly the same player, but you get different pros and cons.

Relax dazz

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