Kevin Ratzsch has been starting the last few weeks too, and done nothing. Diamon Simpson looks the goods.
- Breakers Sign Big Man Tai Wesley
- Ballinger Returns To Wollongong
- Action Jackson Returns To The NBL
- Hawks Sign Brad Hill
- 36ers Pick Up Former Taipan Jamar Wilson
- HUGE move sees Pete Crawford leave Townsville for Adelaide
- David Barlow Returns To The NBL
- Conklin Returns To Townsville
- Steindl Stays In QLD Signs With Crocs
- Rotnei Clarke Letter To Fans
Import report #8
- Updated: December 1, 2011
Chris Warren – 36ers
Diamon Simpson – 36ers
Andrew Warren – Taipans
Jamar Wilson – Taipans
Adris Deleon – Blaze
Will Hudson – Blaze
Ayinde Ubaka – Tigers
Ronald Dorsey – Tigers
Cedric Jackson – Breakers
Gary Wilkinson- Breakers
Kevin Lisch – Wildcats
Kevin Ratzsch – Kings
Jerai Grant – Kings
Eddie Gill – Crocs
Elvin Mims – Crocs
Joevan Catron – Hawks
Showron Glover – Hawks
Leader of the pack:
The best import in the land debate has really started to heat up recently. Choices are Cedric Jackson, Diamon Simpson, Jamar Wilson.. But i’m going to stick with round 8s play of the week Adris Deleon. Since coming into the league he has lead his team to 3 out of 4 wins whilst averaging 17ppg. Infact if you take out his first game where he only scored a few points in limited minutes he has averaged 20.5ppg. The Blaze have reached the top 4 & now look like title contendors thanks to his play. Im sure as the weeks go by & the Blaze make their way up the ladder even more so he will be in the MVP mix.
A step behind:
Elvin Mims. Since his strong start to the 2011/12 season, Mims has lost his step. His first 5 games he averaged 14.5ppg & 7rpg. But over his last 3 games that has dropped to 6.3ppg & 3.6rpg. His game minutes have almost been halved during that time due to being in foul trouble & an injury. The Crocs will need him to step it up soon otherwise they will slip further down the ladder, even with the pending return of big Luke.
Flirting with the exit:
As bad as Mims has been playing i doubt he will be let go anytime soon (if at all). Another player who is often flirting with the exit is Kevin Ratzsch. Since the 24 point 9 rebounds outburst against the 36ers, Kevin has once again slumped. Shooting just 35% last round whilst scoring 5.5ppg & 3.5rpg. Not bad for a role player off the bench.. But not a player taking up your second import spot. Just a matter of time before he’s gone, surely!
Up & Coming:
Sydney Kings big man Jerai Grant had a great round last week, the team went 1 – 1 on the road trip, a lot better than most predicted. Grant was a beast in the paint against the Melbourne Tigers scoring 19 points grabing 5 rebounds blocking 2 shots and picking up 2 steals for the game. A few nights later he backed that up in a loss against Perth with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists & a block. He leads the league in blocks per game & is one of the leagues best rebounders.
Diamon Simpson has quietly gone about doing his business since joing the 36ers. Sure they haven’t been winning, but that’s not because of Simpsons play.Simpson is averaging 14ppg, 9rpg & 1.3bpg. He leads the league in field goal percentage & is 3rd in the league in blocks per game. He is almost unstopable when he crashes the offensive boards & despite the 36ers poor team defense is actually one of the better defenders in the league. But like many imports before him, he will not get reconised until they start winning.
The other player i want to mention in this is Cedric Jackson. This guy is the reason why the Breakers are one of the best teams in the NBL still, he is leading the league in steals per game with 2.8 and assists pe game with 5.3. huge when you take into consideration he only averages 29 minutes per game!
Import ranking week 4
#1 – Adris Deleon / 17ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg 42%FG
#2 – Jamar Wilson / 16.5ppg, 5.3pg, 3.6apg, 49%FG
#3 – Diamon Simpson / 14ppg, 9rpg, 1.3bpg 70%FG
Perth Wildcats – 1 spot
John Williamson – 36ers
Mike English – Blaze
1 game. 0 points. 4 turnovers
Donavan Monroe – Hawks