5/28/14

So Long, JC

It was announced yesterday that Sixers back-up guard Jason Cadee had been snatched by the Sydney Kings, who signed the promising guard to a 2 year deal.

There was a mixed reaction yesterday on our facebook page comments page, with some sad to see him go and others not too fussed. His general production won't be greatly missed but how quickly we forget how big he was when Gary Ervin didn't suit.

When Ervin missed two games after knee surgery over New Years, Cadee averaged 11.5 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in two important wins over Townsville and New Zealand. Not long after, Cadee suffered a finger injury and a consequent shooting slump, preventing him from returning to that sort of form. Until the playoffs.

With Ervin suspended for the pivotal Game 3 clash versus Melbourne, Cadee stepped in and put up 19 points, 5 boards and 4 assists. So in three games sans Ervin, Cadee averaged 14 points, 5 boards and 4.7 assists. They might not sounds like All-Star numbers until you realise Gibbo averaged 12 points, 4 boards and 4.8 assists for the season. So yeh, he played well. And the team went 3-0 in those games.

I'm hopeful Cadee gets the starting role, is flanked by some athletes and given the green light to run and gun. Cadee is at his best when running and distributing the ball. The pressure will be on for Cadee being back home in front of a crowd yearning success and he'll produce best if given the keys to the team, not playing back-up minutes as a combo guard.

The Sixers now appear headed for another import point guard and will need to decide if Rhys Carter is the answer as the back-up combo guard. That would give the Sixers three competent point guards and then we just need to either sign or replace DJ and find a veteran shooter. I'm still confident the Sixers will land CJ, Harvey or Crawford for this role.

ROSTER UPDATE

Signed
Guards- Gibson, Teys
Forwards- Creek, Petrie, Anthony

Unsigned- DJ, Schenscher, Carter

Gone- Cadee, Ervin

Who I'd Target- Import PG, Import SF, Wilkinson (If DJ leaves), Bruton, Steindl

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