AngusH
Last month

United sign Japanese player Yudai Baba

Interesting.

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Anonymous  
Last month

I like it a lot.

Not a gimmick signing & will be an effective player for United.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Can play! https://youtu.be/SwidtQGBWfs

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Midrange  
Last month

Bench signing id imagine. His G-league stats arent great.

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Anonymous  
Last month

United's guard rotation looking very solid.

PG - McCaron, Ili
SG - Goulding, Yudai

Prather coming back to be their starting 3?

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Zodiac  
Last month

He scored 18 points against Team USA at the WC last year. He's playing as a local player and with Goulding already there is likely the back up to him. Certainly worth a gamble on a benchie.

Do United still have that assistant coach from Asia with them?

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Anonymous  
Last month

And people thought I was an idiot for even mentioning Asian players.
Maybe we see Watanabe?

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Anonymous  
Last month

He counts as a local.

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Anonymous  
Last month

He counts as minimum wage against the cap as well, no matter what he earns. Great for United.

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Scout  
Last month

Smart signing

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Anonymous  
Last month

Sem Watanabe maybe

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Anon  
Last month

What a smart signing by Melbourne United!

Hoped that maybe Cairns would've had a look at him, with a fairly decent Japanese community in the region, and also maybe a decent pick up if they’re willing to let Newbill go and instead sign Machado & Oliver.

Maybe they go after Hiejima? But kudos to United on the saavy signing!

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Anonymous  
Last month

Hiejima ain't in the same ballpark as baba.

Jap n.t standouts are Hachimura, Watanabe and baba. Sometimes togashi.
The rest are a level down but have a few nice kids coming through.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Curiosity how much United are paying him? I'm sure he could demand more lucrative offers elsewhere so good to see her chose Australia.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Every team should have 1 Asian player at minimum to draw eyes on league.

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Anonymous  
Last month

I'd be after ra if I were Perth. Give him his 450,000

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Billy Bob  
Last month

ASEAN league apparently folded this past week. A lot of handy players going to be floating around.

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Anonymous  
Last month

One Asian player and 3 imports might as well not have it as an Aussie nbl any longer

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Anonymous  
Last month

Same timezone as Japan. Will be interesting to see whether NBL.TV or viewership of his games there take off at all.

Agree with Anon, ideally every NBL team would have one Asian player. China, Japan, Lebanon, South Korea all have at least 1-2 players of NBL quality. Would the NBL fund their salaries if the viewership of NBL was guaranteed to go through the roof?

To get the top 10 Asian players (not in the NBA) to the NBL would cost around $4 Million.

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Anonymous  
Last month

When there are more aus nz teams it won't matter if you have 3+1

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Anonymous  
Last month

Big bucks playing in South Korea and div one Japan is very good as well.

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Zodiac  
Last month

Big bucks playing in South Korea


Shawn Long will be playing there this upcoming season too.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Not really, the top earners are higher in nbl,than Korea or Japan. By about 50k.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Who was that spud who signed for Brisbane and didn't play?

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Anonymous  
Last month

^Harry Froling

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Anonymous  
Last month

Heijima

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Anonymous  
Last month

Long would be on minimum 500k US, more in Australia lol.

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Cornholio  
Last month

Might be a silly question but I'm not familiar with the asian player rule, is he part of the 10 man roster or outside the 10 as with Next Star players?

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Anonymous  
Last month

"elsewhere so good to see her chose Australia." United have signed a lady to play? So many responses from so many clueless anonymous'

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Anonymous  
Last month

Long is not on 500k u.s. maybe 420 which some players earn more here.

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LV  
Last month

Good signing!

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LV  
Last month

If you watch this guy's highlights, he's creative, unselfish, throws the odd unorthodox pass, but also strong at navigating traffic and getting to the basket.

A little reminiscent of Manu Ginobili. I like him already!

Looking at his resume, he'll definitely be commanding minutes in the rotation.

If you assume McCarron plays 3 and United signs an import PG like previously, which means Prather would need to have his contract cut:

Brandt*/Lual Acuil
Import/Barlow*/White
McCarron/Kuany
Goulding/Baba
Import/Ili

*Rumoured here but unannounced

That looks a very strong squad in a two import league, assuming two top tier imports which you'd expect from United.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Mccarron is the point...

Melbourne United-Vickerman

Squad
6'3 M.Mccarron/6’0 S.Ili
6’4 C.Goulding/6’4 Y.Baba(A)
(I)/6’7 J.White/6’6 K.Kuany
(I)/6’9 D.Barlow
6’10 A.Brandt/7’0 J.Acuil

DP
6’5 S.Short PG
6’8 M.Peatling PF
6’9 J.Purchase PF

Kuany plays some 2/3 white 3/4

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LV  
Last month

Has anyone heard anything re McCarron? Did Vickerman mention it?

2 years ago McCarron said he signed with the intention of playing point, after his point guard stint in Slovenia, yet here we are 2 years later....

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Anonymous  
Last month

He's playing point

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Perthworld  
Last month

Smart signing to get around the two import quota.

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Perthworld  
Last month

Smart signing to get around the two import quota.

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Anonymous  
Last month

As teams should, I think we'll see a few more Japanese and Koreans in future.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Ra to Perth, hawks, sem hopefully. All need a pf and off the cap, no import.
Who has the 500k to spend though.

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Thunder Jam  
Last month

They have no hope if McCarron is the No1 PG.

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LV  
Last month

It's all about fit and complementary skill sets

Either McCarron or Ili could be "starting point guard", it all depends on the imports

Assuming Brandt rumor is true, starting 5 should be McCarron, Goulding, Brandt and 2 imports with a bench of Ili, Baba, Lual Acuil, White, Kuany... neither of those imports have to be a designated PG like Casper/Trimble. Could have a play making, creating small forward in the mould of a Rashad Tucker for example

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Kas  
Last month

Melb Utd started a lot of their games last season - esp late in the season with McCarron as PG - and it worked really well - he's very good and creative with his passing - and with Shea lli - two very good defensive guards

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Anonymous  
Last month

So McDaniel dropped for kuany, seems odd.

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Anonymous  
Last month

No idea where the Kuany rumour came from but he certainly hasnt signed

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Anonymous  
Last month

Yes very odd since he's never held his spot.

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LV  
Last month

Sorry, I forgot Kuany was only a rumour

Signed: Goulding, McCarron, Ili, Baba, Lual Acuil, White, Short (DP)

Rumoured on Hoops: Brandt, Barlow, Kuany

Is that correct?

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LV  
Last month

Oh and Prather technically contracted but apparently Vickerman implied he wouldn't be retained?

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Kas  
Last month

MU signings:

Goulding
McCarron
Prather
Illi
Lual-Aquil
White
Baba
Peatling (DP)

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Anonymous  
Last month

You need bottom bench players, Kauny seems a quality player for this, McDaniel was not so if you believe the rumour mill.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Looks like this might be come very common.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lEj2PDBSrvs

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Anonymous  
Last month

Basketball isn't big at all in Japan...wonder how much more attention he can bring

still a very good pick up tho, solid player

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