Earlier this year
Thybulle v Cotton
Over on the Goorjian, Simmons, Ingles thread, the discussion turns to the roster, who should be in/out etc.
The suggested rosters all have tremendous potential and there's no-one mentioned whom I want to see miss out.
That being said, one of Thybulle or Cotton will have to. The consensus seems to be with Thybulle (in the "other" thread) although no actual discussions over why Cotton being ignored.
Both have top credentials but also, virtually opposite skill sets. Thybulle is a defensive gun (apparently) and we have all seen how Cotton can score, on anybody.
Imagine either at the last WC's. What did we really need then? IMO, a fresh Patty Mills. Cotton would give us that (and we may not even notice that Patty gets to have a rest). Admittedly, I don't see Cotton as the defender that Mills is but no feather-weight either. We won't lose much on that score. A fresh Mills will also be a better defender for longer, too.
Defence was pretty good and is going to be even better at Tokyo. Simmons, Mills and Delly are almost certainly 3 of our guards. As good and useful as Thybulle would no doubt be, we need shooters. We have Mills, Broeckoff and Ingles, 2 of whom are listed as forwards. And EVERYONE says that Simmons needs shooters around him. The rest of the suggested roster(s) can score (rather than shoot) the lights out from mid-range, in the paint, taking it to the ring, from the block, and even beyond the arc.
Finally, our most reliable shooter, Mills, will no-doubt have a big target on his back. I reckon the best scorer in the NBL should be his back-up.
I regard Thybulle very highly, but for this team my guards would be:
PG: Simmons/Delly (+11th or 12th spot, if you want)
Obviously, I see, hear and have already got enourmous respect for Cotton and know very little of Thybulle. I believe that he IS a terrific perimeter defender, extremely athletic, long and tall AND a team-mate of Ben. Have not heard of him as any kind of offensive threat, but of course, he can score. Being Ben's team-mate could change my whole point of view as I believe that Simmons is the No1 priority. If it came down to "No Thybulle, no Simmons", I would grudgingly go with Thybulle (might as well add Bolden then too. Noooo!).
I am keen to hear others' thoughts on Thybulle v Cotton in this Boomers' team in particular.