That's all the imports Adelaide has tried at the point since Darnell Mee departed almost 10 years ago. Only Charles Thomas made it to a second season. Will Chris Warren get to spend a second year in Adelaide? The jury is out.
Fans seem divided on the issue. Some have seen enough glimpses of potential to want to keep him (and Simpson) around for a second go next year (his 3pt ability, speed, drives to the hoop). Others see his downfalls (defence, passing,dribbling against pressure D, size) as being too big to overlook. Let's look at his year so far............
RD 1- Perth
Struggled mightily against the pressure D and Crosswell was needed more than expected simply just to get the ball past halfway. This allowed Warren more looks and he converted 3-6 threes on the way to 17 points. Only had 2 assists and gave the ball back 5 times.
RD 2- Woolongong
An away game I missed. Poured in season-high 25pts on 9-16 shooting. 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 turnover. Wasn't the reason we lost this game.
RD 3- Sydney
14pts on 5/16 shooting. 2 assists, 1 steal, 4 turnovers. Struggled against Bruce on offense and got burned by him badly on D. His worst game to that point.
RD 4- Perth
The 36ers first win of the season. Scored 15pts on 5-10 shooting. 3 assists but again 5 turnovers. Solid contribution but again had some ball handling problems.
RD 5- NZ
Bad away loss with Warren saving some face at the end of the game. 17pts on 6-11 shooting. 1 assist and steal vs 4 turnovers.
RD 6- Sydney
His best game of the year, but again another loss to Sydney. 21pts on 8-15 shooting. 5 boards, 7 assists, 3 turnovers.
RD 7- Melbourne
The first home win of the season. Had a great matchup vs Patty Mills and held his own. 16pts on 6-13 shooting with 2 assists and 2 turnovers. Outscored by Mills but looked good without taking anywhere near as many "tough" shots.
RD 8- Gold Coast
Firs single-digit game of the season and struggled badly. 9pts on 4-12 shooting, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 turnover. Another low turnover game against a small PG.
RD 9- Perth
Another decent scoring game against the Wildcats. 20pts, 6assists, 1 steal, 3 turnovers. Greatly helped by Crossy again.
RD 10- Sydney
15pts on 6-15 shooting in another loss to the Kings. 5 assists, 0 steals, 2 turnovers.
RD 11- NZ
16pts on 5-12 shooting in another loss to the Breakers. First 0 assist game of the year to go with 0 steals and 4 turnovers.
RD 12- Woolongong
2nd home win for the year, this time against the struggling Hawks. 12pts on 4-9 shooting (first game with under 10 attempts). 5 assists, 0 steals and season-first 0 turnovers.
RD 13- Gold Coast
12pts on 3-13 shooting. 3 assists, 0 steals or turnovers for the 2nd game straight.
RD 14- Sydney
13pts on 4-14 shooting. 2 assists and turnovers. At least we got the W.
RD 15- Cairns
2pts of 2-13 shooting. Struggled against the physical Wilson. Hit 1-9 threes. 4 dimes, 2 steals, 1 turnover.
RD 16- NZ
14pts on 4-11 shooting. 2 assists, 4 turnovers.
Some interesting numbers in there, notably.................
With Crosswell playing- 16.9pts, 45fg%, 41 3pt%, 3.6ast
Since Crosswell got injured- 12.8pts, 30fg%, 26 3pt%, 2.7ast
Clearly he misses Crosswell. Taking worse shots and is actually getting less assists despite playing mainly PG.
In wins- 15.2pts, 3.6 assists, 40% fg, 34% 3pt%
In losses- 15.5pts, 3.2 assists, 40% fg, 37% 3pt%
Very strange numbers. Basically he plays the same whether we win or lose. Don't need a big game for him to win, don't suffer if he has a stinker.
So the numbers tell us he badly needs a good PG to be productive, not ideal for a sub 6ft import PG. Also when he has a big game it doesn't necessarily lead to a win. I know what I'd be doing next season..........
His numbers for the year...........
15.4pts, 3.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 40% FG
|Eddie Shannon must be punching a wall somewhere. His numbers for the year, despite coming in mid-season|
9.6pts, 4.4 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 39% FG