Today the team announced both Adam Ballinger and Nathan Crosswell will miss the rest of the season due to injury. This leaves the team without...........
-It's captain and vice-captain (and from what I can see any true leadership)
-It's only true and experienced point guard
-Last year's MVP
Unfortunately there's not a lot left in the cupboard, so the team needs to do something. It's options are.........
OPTION 1- Play it safe and hope everyone cuts the team some slack due to the injuries
This would lead to us trotting out the following team
Bench- Creek, Ng, Daly, Helliwell, Warbout
That team will struggle against most teams and may steal 2-3 wins at best. Only 1 other ball handler (Daly) and 1 ready big (Helliwell). Not good.
OPTION 2- Bring in some legit Aussies
As Ballinger is a "10", the team could bring in 1-2 decent Aussies. The list below doesn't include guys who'd be highly unlikely to return (ie Nielsen, Andersen) but the team should do due dilligence and see if any of these guys would like to, or can be persuaded to, come home. Depending on availability they could perhaps lure .....
Other serviceable,experienced players could include.......
OPTION 3- Blow it up
My preferred option. Balls and Crossy were 2 players who came into the season with one role but ended up playing a different one. Ballinger was supposed to be a starter and one of our main weapons. Crosswell was supposed to be our back up PG but ended up starting, mainly due to Warren not being quite what he was brought into be. Out of crisis comes opportunity, so here's what I'd do.
1) Release Chris Warren. He's had some good games but isn't quite as advertised. I'd let him go and bring in a true, pass-first American PG with leadership and experience. We'll know in the next 2 weeks what the NBA rosters will be and there will be plenty of guys left. Ideally one who's 6"3-6"5.
2) Get a veteran Aussie big with some smarts who can provide leadership, play some tough D and hit some shots.
Backup Bigs- Veteran Guy, Helliwell
Backup Guards- Herbert, Ng, Daly
Play the imports for 32-34 minutes, get Creek to play some SG and SF, use Ng when Creek goes to SF, use Helliwell and Veteran Guy as pure backups (no more than 20min total) , Herbert for certain matchups and Daly to spell the PG.
Management needs to decide soon if it accepts the famous 3 year plan and if this coaching staff will be back next year. Ballinger and Crosswell will be 33 next year too and a tough call may need to be made on one or both of them. I assume there'll be some serious talks going on this week and the above plus the following will need to be reviewed....
-Stephen Weigh's minutes
-Mitch Creek's opportunities
-The point guard situation
-The plan for the rest of the season
-Who will provide oncourt leadership