I knew Miami were going to play James Ennis overseas but the NBL? Wow. Good news for us Aussies I suppose... Anyone else surprised by this?
Great news. The NBL is so terrible, he will be a welcome addition. He'll be able to play PF in the NBL, and change from his natural SF/SG position
Players in the NBL are too scared to go to the basket. Seriously, it is hilarious, it is like they are afraid to go in the paint and attack the rim. He is going to dominate and be just to big for the league.
Yeah the unwillingness to attack the rim is laughable, but he's on my Wildcats, so thats a plus.
Definitely going to be a great addition. I'm excited to watch him play ball.
I think he had a good chance of making a roster if he got on with a different team. No real need for him on the 13-14 Heat roster, but hopefully he'll get a chance to come over for a different team next season.
The Heat now have a hole at the backup 3 spot with Mike Miller getting amnestied and now James Ennis going overseas. James Jones will have to step up now.
Battier is still there, and with the addition of Oden, Bosh will be playing less 5 and more 4 sliding Lebron to playing more 3 and less 4. James Jones isn't going to hardly play, nor would Ennis had if he were on the team.
What's your opinion on that? The Heat are so good and efficient at "small ball." I wonder if they can remain as efficient taking out one of their floor spacers and clogging the lane with Oden.
I think they'll still play a great deal of small ball, but I'd bet Oden gets 15 mpg and gets in when, say Roy Hibbert or Tim Duncan is getting every offensive rebound and dunking it back in. They're still going to be the Heat, but Oden now gives them a big lineup with Bosh at the 4 and Lebron at the 3. That 15 mpg is enough to phase out an extra 3 on the roster, especially a rookie.
Just while we're talking about the NBL, I wanted to clarify my point by saying that a LOT of teams use a zone defence to clog the paint because we don't have a defensive 3-second rule over here, and it starts from the youth teams on up; a lot of young players are going against zones where the paint is always filled so they find other ways to score and are reluctant to go inside.
It's one of the reasons a lot of Australian players lack the ability to create their own shots or beat their own man, because those skills don't really get you very far in the local leagues, and often result in players having to go 1v5.
I've coached youth basketball in Australia for the past 5 years or so at several different levels of competition and the reliance on zones by coaches is incredibly frustrating and makes for ugly basketball which stifles the development of young players.
I'd love to see the day when defensive 3-second rules are applied in the NBL and we adopt the NBA rules-set, because it would make Australia a much more viable destination for players like Ennis to prepare for the NBA, and would be a hell of a lot more enjoyable to watch.
i'll actually go watch the wildcats this season
Ennis should own the NBL