Goorj Himself Speaks
On his recent appearance on the Ball and the Real World Goorj himself stated that the last spot in fact came down Green vs Giddey, instead of of what I presume most people thought of Giddey vs Sobey.
Ultimately Green outperformed Giddey and thus got the final spot
Interestingly enough, Goorj the entire time had Sobey ahead of both Giddey and Green, and obviously Creek, Motum and Cooks. Supposedly the reason why was because he wanted to prioritise full court pressure with the guards and Thybulle so that's why to him Sobey was always going to be in the team.
Another side note, he said the staff designed the offence to accommodate Simmons and there was relatively no difference from the original concept vs what we saw and in fact Simmons would’ve played as both the 1 and the 4 in the offence. He also stated that he didn’t want to run the more Lemanis style offence due to having so many new players that would be part of the team, plus not having bogut. Which lead to the leadership group and he coming to an agreement that won’t run it as the primary offence but may use it in spades in particular when those from previous Lemanis teams were in the game.
It also sounded like that right from the jump he was a big fan of both Exum and Thybulle.