LoveBroker
Last month

Spalding Iconic Imports - Perth Wildcats.

Was visiting the NBL website and saw this interesting poll.

https://nbl.com.au/news/spalding-iconic-imports-perth-wildcats

I'm guessing there will be one for every team in due course.

Who do you vote as the most iconic import?

Note this is purely subjective, there are no clear criteria. Its like asking who is the GOAT.

The results (still in progress) are actually quite interesting.

For fun who do you think will be at the top before voting? And how did they rate against the results to date?

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Perthworld  
Last month

Ricky Grace.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Most I think will say cotton but I agree with PW and say Ricky Grace

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Perthworld  
Last month

In regards to other clubs the most obvious one that comes to mind is Loggins for Bullets.

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Victoria Titans  
Last month

I'm voting for Ricky Grace.

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KET  
Last month

Adelaide's options will be interesting.

Al Green, was Mark Davis ever an import? Robert Rose, KB, Farley, Mee

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KET  
Last month

I'd go for Grace but that’s probably a 90/00s bias.

Cotton should be considered their best/iconic even if anything "today" fails to feel “iconic”

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Victoria Titans  
Last month

Wonder if Melbourne United will include Melbourne Tigers import players?

I doubt it, just look at the latest NBL media guide.

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Anonymous  
Last month

giving my boy Dolla Beal some love

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Another Anon  
Last month

Cotton is in a league of his own but Grace was such a revelation for the league and really made teams start to change their import considerations.

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Anonymous  
Last month

All time greatest Wildcats starting 5 will be tough to beat
Grace
Cotton
Ennis
Redhage or Fisher
Crawford

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AngusH  
Last month

Andre Ingram.

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Silencer83  
Last month

I feel like the current top 3 that are well ahead is correct:

Grace 39%
Cotton 28%
Crawford 19%

Beal in 4th (4%) surprises me over the longer term players like Fisher and Redhage but beyond the top 3 it feels very much personal preferences anyway

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Cram  
Last month

It's clearly Grace or Cotton and you can make compelling arguments for either one. Probably just comes down to personal opinion as to who is the most iconic. Either way Wildcats fans have been super lucky to have both these guys

For the Tigers it's a no brainer in Copeland. One half of one of the most enduring iconic duos in the history of the league.

I hope United keep their options to just United players. Claiming iconic players from a brand you've distanced yourself from seems a little on the nose

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Anonymous  
Last month

KET said " was Mark Davis ever an import?" Really? Think more. Post less.

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Senator11  
Last month

Ricky Grace right now, but Cotton when his careers over I'd say, guys still got some years in him yet. Cotton will probably win though due to some recency bias and new fans/members who weren't around during the Grace years.

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KET  
Last month

Why bother posting anon? Not helpful at all.

My days of following the 36ers, Davis wasn't an import - I don’t know if he ever was one for Adelaide.

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Peter  
Last month

Mark Davis was a beast when he first played as an import (watch the DVD put together by Lennon Cooper of you're not old enough), was a very long term player and captain and had a statue built at the powerhouse.

Adelaide have had some great imports over the years but none that really get close to Davis IMO

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KET  
Last month

Looks like he became a citizen in 1992.

I think Davis would have to be it or Al Green surely, they're the ones with retired singlets in the rafters

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Anonymous  
Last month

Al Green's off court history would preclude him being GOAT. Jones anyone? But it would have to be Davis.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Cotton for, just a pure winner.

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Luuuc  
Last month

Andre Ingram.

Could have stiff competition from Brian Fundingsland

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LoveBroker  
Last month

There are no right or wrong selections but I think Redhage deserves a bit more love (despite being a polarising character).

Other than flash in the pans like Rob Feaster, Redhage was probably the one propping up the Wildcats during their lean decade.

I guess people won't recognise that as much and when he finally did win, other names like Beal, Ennis and Martin overtook his name.

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koberulz  
Last month

It's "iconic" import, though, not "best" import. Redhage was around at a time when nobody paid attention to the club.

Feaster played two seasons. Both years the Wildcats finished top two. Hardly propping them up during the lean years.

For me, it's Crawford.

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Cram  
Last month

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Cram  
Last month

"Ricky Grace right now, but Cotton when his careers over I'd say, guys still got some years in him yet."

This seems like the most reasonable answer right now.

If Cotton keeps on the trajectory he is right now, there's gonna be a lot of lists he'll be on top of by the time he's done.

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Victoria Titans  
Last month

Has to be Grace, Cotton is still playing?

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Peter  
Last month

As for Perth though, agree it's Ricky Grace

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Bol  
Last month

Ricky Grace for mine and a close second to James Crawford. Cotton by careers end will be the GOAT but to be truly iconic he needs a cool nick name real soon.

"The Alabamma Slammer" "Chairman of the Boards" "Black Pearl" are all iconic.

Bryce "nothin but" Cotton doesn't have the same ring to it.

Any ideas??

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UseTaHoop  
Last month

For 36ers

Could Loggins be included from Bearcat days? Adelaide haven't "distanced themselves" from West Adelaide Bearcats. It was a merger as it was becoming too costly for West to field a stand alone team, from memory.

Al Green’s record for game high scoring was for WST, wasn’t it?

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X ball  
Last month

The Amazing Grace ! He stung like a bee and floated like a butterfly!

The excitement he brought to the league was unbelievable. The opposition couldn't wait to stifle him on any day and that’s how the league was so great.

Cotton is now the excitement machine, this year I suspect he will do more damage to teams, I know I would be wanting to beat him if I am a player.

Roll on! With so many new players, you just feel this league is now going to be Cracking !

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Bol  
Last month

"Ricky Grace can steal the hub caps off a moving car"

Cal Bruton was a great player and so iconic in his ability to promote the team. Was he an import when playing for the wildcats? If so, he would be in my top three most iconic.

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D2.0  
Last month

"It's "iconic" import, though, not "best" import."

And?

How exactly do you suggest that a basketballer player becomes iconic? By being totally shit and only playing a few games?

I'd say that the most iconic import, to play for the Cats, was JC. The guy is one of the true legends of the NBL.
But the most iconic Wildcat Import is Grace. No contest in my personal opinion.

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RobT  
Last month

"I'd say that the most iconic import, to play for the Cats, was JC."

JC was a (Geelong) "Supercat" before he became a (Perth) "Wildcat" and was rather iconic at both clubs. For Perth, I agree with Grace getting the iconic nod but at Geelong I reckon Cal just takes that honour from JC, too.

For both clubs, JC definitely one of their best(s).

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D2.0  
Last month

"JC was a (Geelong) "Supercat" before he became a (Perth) "Wildcat""

Correct
And that was my point. Highly iconic cross his entire career, and would certainly get the nod had he spent all of it in one place.

And I suspect that some might forget just how sublime Grace was. He could do it all. He played in the era of some very exciting PGs across the NBL, but few delivered for as long as Grace.

And he's still around. Very few names have been so synonymous with the Wildcats as Ricky Grace.

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koberulz  
Last month

"It's "iconic" import, though, not "best" import."

And?

How exactly do you suggest that a basketballer player becomes iconic? By being totally shit and only playing a few games?
Being around at a time when the league/team has more of a media footprint. Being more outgoing and charismatic. Getting lots of media promotion. Being on a team without much else going for it, thus becoming the centrepiece in the minds of the public.

Which is why I'd go Crawford over Grace for Perth. Grace was around longer, you can argue who the better player was over their careers, but Crawford was the Wildcats through the boom in the late 80s/early 90s.


JC was a (Geelong) "Supercat" before he became a (Perth) "Wildcat"
They were the Cats, not the Supercats, when Crawford played for them.

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