10/19/12

50 Up

Tomorrow night Jason Cadee plays his 50th NBL game. I started to take more notice of Cadee's career after a standout cameo here last season (6 assists in 12 minutes) and was so impressed by that effort I wrote in this now prophetic blog  I'd like to see him in Sixers colours for next season. My wish was granted and in my blog detailing his signing I wrote such things as......

He's not a big signing but this could be one of the best moves the 36ers have ever made.
He's got smarts, courage and talent to burn
There's not many other Aussie point guards I'd rather have on the roster.
If you line up Cadee with a big-time scorer at SG and a big bodied PF I like that lineup.  
If the 36ers are planning on letting him run the show this is a bold move

He's only 3 games into his Sixers career but let's breakdown those thoughts


He's not a big signing but this could be one of the best moves the 36ers have ever made.
Pretty big call and it's way too early to say if I'm wrong or right.

He's got smarts, courage and talent to burn
Yep

There's not many other Aussie point guards I'd rather have on the roster.
Except maybe Adam Gibson....and herein lies the problem. When Cadee was signed, Gibson wasn't an option. Then the Blaze folded and he was. Considering Marty Clarke's bad run with import point guards I was willing to go down the "Aussie point guard" route (somewhat reluctantly though when you watch guys like Corin Henry and Cedric Jackson). Essentially Adelaide did the right thing by loading the roster with the best available locals, but all things considered Adelaide hasn't surrounded Cadee with the right team. Developing Cadee's career isn't Adelaide's main goal, obviously,  but the balance of the guards is causing the team and it's fans some concerns.

Gibson- can play the 2 but I like him more as the 1. When Adelaide has been under the pump, Clarke has generally subbed off Cadee and moved Gibbo to the point.

Creek- I'd like to see Cadee and Creek on the floor more as I think their ideally matched. Would be good to see periods of a  Cadee/Massingale/Creek/Petrie/Johnson lineup that can run and score some quick points.

Massingale- hasn't fired a shot and will need to show something soon. The team desperately needs an explosive scorer off the bench who can hit from range and take it inside.

Crosswell- is coming back from a serious injury and isn't getting younger. Has an unclear role so far.

It seems to me Cadee defers to Gibson at times and I think if he was out there with Creek and/or CJ a little more we'd see more of his natural game.

If you line up Cadee with a big-time scorer at SG and a big bodied PF I like that lineup.
When I said big-time scorer I was thinking of a Willie Farley/Ebi Ere-type. Gibbo can score but he's not a classic,pure scorer. Johnson and Schenscher both like to get the ball and make their own moves, not utilising Cadee's ability to find good cutters. In short- the skill set of Adelaide's bigs isn't the best match to most utilise Cadee's skill set.

If the 36ers are planning on letting him run the show this is a bold move
I don't think he's "running the show" at this point as he's got a Boomer who also shares ball-handling duties. We'll see how it all turns out but it does seem with this current roster it doesn't make sense for both Cadee and Gibson to play huge minutes together. For interest's sake I'd like to see more minutes where Cadee and Creek share the backcourt  and Gibson and Massingale get some time together.


Cadee's averages over the first 2 games
27 minutes a game
6pts on 3/10 shooting
1.5 rebounds
1 assist

Clearly those numbers don't cut it and I'm hoping they look a whole lot nice after tomorrow night's milestone.









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