Two weeks ago
Are we sure Dean Vickerman is a good NBL head coach?
I understand Vick has won 2 titles, but is it his coaching ability or the stacked rosters he's been lucky enough to possess?
2013-14: Takes over the Breakers who are coming off 3 straight titles. Cedric Jackson leaves and the Breakers finish 7th
2014-15: Cedric Jackson returns, the Breakers win their 4th title in 5 years. It had already been proven this roster was championship caliber with Jackson
2015-16: Cedric Jackson leaves, the Breakers finish 4th. They make it to the grand final where they lose to Perth. Vickerman leaves the club to become an assistant in Sydney
2017-18: Vickerman takes a roster consisting of Ware, Goulding, healthy Prather, Tai Wesley, and Josh Boone in the starting lineup, and Barlow, Anderson, Adnam, and Majok on the bench to the title. They take on an Adelaide team in the grand final who loses their well past his prime import Josh Childress halfway through the series, and rely heavily on 2 sub-par imports Shannon Shorter and Raheem Moore. It takes United all 5 games to win. Vickerman insists on playing Peter Hooley (who looked uncomfortable dribbling the ball and is now doing commentary) over Kyle Adnam, who is one of the better back up PGs in the NBL.
2018-2019: Wesley and Prather leave, McCarron and Kennedy join. United lose in the grand final to a Perth team with only 2 imports and a 34 year old starting PG
2019-2020: United continue to under-perform. Vickerman insists on playing Smith-Milner 13 minutes a game, virtually the same amount as Jo Lual Acuil. Tohi is not NBL level at anything in particular, with his best skill being his floor spacing, where he is shooting the 3 ball at 26.7%. Per 36 minutes, he averages 6.0 rebounds. Angus Glover averages 5.7 over that same time frame. He averages more turnovers per 36 than assists. He has a negative 19.7 offensive rating, and a -25.9 net rating. Compare this to Jo who has a positive O-rating at 3.9, and net rating of negative 3.2.
On top of this, he almost always seems to stick to his pre-made substitution pattern rather than judge what's actually happening on the court. I can't count how many United runs this year have been ruined by taking out an active and energetic Illi and replacing him with Trimble, or taking out Goulding right when he begins heating up. He has a knack for inserting the legendary aforementioned Smith-Milner at the end of big United runs, killing all momentum.