Looking ahead to the 2013-2014 NBL season, the 36ers have six players signed
Adam Gibson (Player Option)
Adelaide’s free agents will be : Steve Weigh, Nathan Crosswell, Scott Christopherson and Pero Vasiljevic
Gibson’s decision to stay or go will obviously have a huge bearing on the direction in which the club goes. If he stays with the 36ers, we will be at 48 of the allowed 70 “Player Points”, leaving just 22 points to spread over four players. With those points and $$$ restrictions, the club could look to go down this sort of road
SF: Import swingman
Bench: Schenscher, Creek, Forman, MacMillan, Daly
Schensch moves to a bench role and becomes a luxury sixth man, filling the necessary defensive/offensive role. Creek gets to work his way back from injury. Forman returns home and becomes “instant offense” and the team's key bench scorer.MacMillan gets a chance at some "energy" minutes and Daly stays as 10th man. Schenscher and Forman probably wouldn’t love coming off the bench but would likely still both get near 25 a game (Schensch only averages 22 as it is, Forman right on 30 currently)
If Gibson goes, a whole world of options opens up for the club. The Sixers can go for this sort of lineup.
SF: Import Swingman
Bench: Schenscher, Aaron Bruce, Forman, MacMillan, Daly
Gibson is one of the best Aussie’s in the league but his departure would give the team the ability to play Creek more and open up some points to strengthen the bench. The team’s depth was sorely tested this year when the team got little out of it’s “scorer” imports and Mitch Creek went down with injury. All of a sudden it was just left with a workhorse inside player in Petrie, a veteran point guard in the twilight of his career in Nathan Crosswell, a largely unused back-up big in Pero and development player Tom Daly. I just love this collection of players and how it could work.
Cadee- gets a backcourt mate who he’ll l love playing with. With Gibson gone he’ll take upon more leadership and will not defer so much.
Creek- takes the opposition’s best guard and gives Cadee a pure athlete to bring out his passing skills and running game. Gets the minutes everyone thinks he’s earned.
Import- an athlete who has an outside shot but can also run. Holds his own on D.
Petrie- Deserves a go starting and gives the starting unit better flexibility
Johnson- moves back to his best spot where he can play more inside
Schenscher- minutes would likely be about the same as this year but gets a clearer role game to game as a game changer off the bench.
Bruce- crowd favourite returns, providing Cadee with a solid back up and a player better suited to certain matchups. Can also run with Creek and even play minutes at the 2.
Forman- returns home and gets a second chance as a much more accomplished player. Provides instant offense and can be a part of some nightmare lineups for opponents. Won’t love being moved to the bench but would likely get big minutes in some games and many chances to close out games.
MacMillan- key hard worker who’ll do the dirty work. Is young and would fill a key bench role.
Daly- hasn’t done enough this year to warrant moving up the pecking order but has shown glimpses. Worth keeping as at least a 10th man.
This collection of players covers a whole bunch of criteria. It’s young, it’s got “Adelaide” guys on it, it’s got smart veterans, it’s got leadership, it can stop,it can score, it can play small or tall.
Most important it fits inside the points system and the cap (just....I think)
As good as Gibson is, his departure gives the team more options and a chance to revamp the roster. It's Gibson's call and I'm guessing his decision will revolve a lot around who the coach is and what else the team plans on doing to the roster. The Sixers can still field a very solid team with him in it but for several seasons a move might be best for both Gibson and the 36ers.