Lessons for teams who didn't make the playoffs?
We now know who the final four are, but what went wrong for the bottom 5? How could they improve/or change up for next year?
Made the most of their pop up stadium, but probably suffered from a light roster. 2 "Away" wins is always hard. New coach next year and a ew roster changes might work in their favour to make them a bit more competitive.
8. New Zealand
Essentially spending most of the season on the road in Australia would have been tough on the crew, a few injuries to critical players at the wrong time impacted them harder than most. More home games next season will see them a little happier.
Competitive at home (mostly), but injuries revealed a soft underbelly that teams took advantage of. The roster looks set for a revamp next year, with the only certainly being that the Sixers will be first team to sack an import. Import selection is their weakness, they seem to love to pick the import with the bung leg, one eyed guy who can't shoot threes, hasn't got any D and who doesn't want to play on the Sabbath... who also has issues off court. Giddey is a lock for Rookie of the Year, but he is NBA bound and when he was dishing out well, Sixers were scoring. Humphries gave them the grunt under the ring that has been lacking for some seasons.
Finished 50/50 which is a sign of averageness. Obviously a great season by Sobes and at times the Bullets played well. Roster was not too shabby. Probably suffered a little bit from hunger. Didn't seem to have the agro that the top 4 teams had, and that reflected on the scoreboard. New coach next season, so it will be interesting to see how the roster is tweaked and if the hunger is there.
Just outside of finals and if they had a few games go the right way, could have finished Top 4. Won a few blow out games and lost a few blow out games too. (25 loss to Melbourne). Lost 8 two possession games, and won 8 two possession games. Ranked 5th offensively and 5th defensively. Funny season as they had some talent, but was it just a few injuries that hurt them? Didi Louzada leaving would have interrupted the balance for a bit. Just an unlucky season? New coach next season