Then There Were Two
In 2013-2014, Adelaide let Jarrid Frye go mid-season and replaced him with Rhys Carter. The former Sixer had some memorable games in the run but was largely ineffective in the finals. Gary Ervin, the team's heart and soul during the regular season, fell apart in the playoffs and was largely a bystander in the finals versus Perth.
In 2014-2015, budget import Daqueon Montreal was let go early and replaced with Aussie gun Brock Motum. Motum took a while to get going but hit the playoffs in hot form. Then he hit a form slump at the worst possible time. Lone import Jamar Wilson was solid but didn't have enough help.
Recent history tells us that you need two firing imports in the finals to get to hoist the trophy.
James Ennis and Jermaine Beal
Kevin Lisch and Galen Young
Cedric Jackson and anyone
Adelaide's roster so far is
BIGS- Daniel Johnson, Anthony Petrie, Matt Hodgson, Lucas Walker
SWINGS- Mitch Creek
GUARDS- Adam Gibson, Brendan Teys, Nathan Sobey
With Gibson,Creek, Petrie and Johnson likely to start, the most obvious gaps appear to be a strong 2 guard who can drive and shoot from range and a defensive big. Wright has been quoted as saying he's after two scorers but unless Hodgson is ready to have a major impact and play solid minutes, that leaves Adelaide a little vulnerable for bigs. I don't see any of last year's crop of imports being ideal for those roles and am hopeful Joey has identified some talent at the Worldwide Invitational Camp. Joey has yet to unearth a "gem" import for the Sixers, with 3 of his 4 imports having played in Australia and Jarrid Frye never reaching his potential due to some injuries and horrendous free throw shooting.
Kenyon McNeaill put up the best numbers for Wright's team at the camp, nailing nine threes over four games but is perhaps a little undersized at 6"1. Clarence Jackson, described an an explosive scoring two guard, was a standout at the camp and likely caught Wright's eye.
With Cedric Jackson back for NZ, Melbourne United likely to land another former respected NBA guy and Perth's ability to get NBA drafted guys, Adelaide needs to find an import (or two) who can stick for the regular season and stand up under finals pressure.