Earlier this year
Perth Lynx Woes
What's happened to the Lynx this year?
Quite simple to work-out when comparing their best 8 players from this season with their best 8 from last season...
2018/19 >> 2019/20
Ebzery >> Ebzery >> Same
Mansfield >> Mansfield >> Same
Schwagmeyer >> Schwagmeyer >> Same
Steindl >> Payne >> Same
Farnworth >> Whittle >> Same
Allen >> Allen >> Same
Taylor >> McGee-Stafford >> DOWNGRADE
McPhee >> Atkins >> DOWNGRADE
The problem lies with the selection of imports. Atkins should have been an upgrade but has turned out the opposite. McGee-Stafford was never going to be an Asia Taylor but has ended up as a dud.
Andy Stewart has copped some criticism (funny enough, only on Hoops) and some responsibility needs to be taken by the coaching staff, but the Atkins/McGee-Stafford combo hasn't worked. And that problem has been amplified by the two of them missing a combined 12 games out of 14 due to injury, effectively leaving them with one import for most of the season so far.
You replace Atkins and McGee-Stafford with the the likes of, for arguments sake, Nurse and Russell, the Lynx are then possibly a top-3 team.
It's a fine line in the WNBL when it comes to import selection, and can make or break a season.