Old Dog New Tricks? – Can Jordan Lewis Be “The Shark” of 2017?
by Nicki Boy
Even the most nostalgic of footy connoisseurs were blind-sided by this. However, there is always a silver lining to most sporting tragedies. I say ‘most’ because we all know that Richmond is an ongoing tragedy that’ll never really fix itself. Sorry Tiger fans.
But unlike the Tiges, Lewis may have a silver lining. Since 2014 he’s been in a rather a steep decline and this trade might just be the tipping point for Lewis to turn the whole bloody thing around.
I’m here to tell you that in 2017 we cannot overlook what this man may produce. Can he be ‘The Shark’ of 2017?
|2017 Supercoach Price:||$540,600|
|Games in 2016:||22|
|Average in 2016:||99.4|
|100+ games in 2016:||13|
|Sub 80 games in 2016:||4|
|Price range in 2016:||$431K – 555K|
|Missed games last season:||Nil|
Lewis isn’t the first star player to be shown the door despite the contribution they had to club successes. Dal Santo, Goddard and Chapman are all players who have been ushered out of their respective clubs like a few noisy kids at the movie theatre to create salary cap room. What they all have in common is that their performance did a big turnaround upon being traded and if history is anything to go by, the same will happen to Lewis.
The great thing about Lewis is that he loves to stick the ball on that big beautiful left boot. Last season he averaged 13.5 kicks a game as opposed to 12.9 handballs. This is great for fantasy scoring as kicks will generally reward my points than handballs. His role at Melbourne will support this as it’s safe to assume he’d be used as a primary ball user in a midfield with Viney, Vince, Jones and Petracca being contested pill magnets. They’ll be looking to Lewis to get that ball deep inside forward 50 on top of Hogan’s head, increasing his average of 3.6 inside 50’s in 2016 closer toward 5.
What will also contribute is the spite and animosity he has reserved for his former team and the will to prove them wrong. Players who get traded generally play well at their new teams and flourish in their new role. Lewis is a professional and will no doubt continue that trend.
The fact Hawthorn traded Jordan Lewis to Melbourne for basically nothing screams salary dump
— Ben Sathananthan (@bensathsports) October 18, 2016
There is one fatal flaw in Lewis’s ability to go out and score big. It’s contested possessions.
He only averaged 9.2 in 2016 and that number will most likely drop even further with his role predominantly being primary ball user. This will affect Lewis’s ability to go big and is partly why in all of his decadent 11 years as a Hawk his highest score was only 156.
The other issue is Lewis’ price. $535k is very pricey considering for an extra $35k you’ll be able to go and buy yourself a Bontempelli, is he really worth it? What is worth giving up to run the risk on a guy who’s going to be 31 years of age and didn’t manage an average of 100 points per game last season?
SELECTION PURPOSE (The Shark Move)
There’s only one strategic and legitimate reason for selecting Lewis in 2017. You select him in the hope he’ll start the year with his legs on the ground and running.
You select Lewis and pray to the Fantasy Gods above that he’ll average something like 110+ in the first 10 rounds and you straight swap him for another talented and proven mid. Why? If Lewis truly does start the 2017 season like a man possessed, coaches all over the league will panic and look to trade him in come the bye rounds. This is a no no.
Lewis has never averaged over 110 points in a season and don’t expect him to this year. If he starts strong his backend will be shit house and a terrible mid-year trade option. The only option with Lewis in 2017 is to start with him and appreciate the big scores he ‘should’ turn out as a POD before eventually pissing him off.
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) November 22, 2016
- Will be used as the primary ball user and ball collector.
- Uses the ball fairly well (74% efficiency in 2016) and will be told to put it on the boot at Melbourne.
- Will be a POD and revved up to prove the doubters wrong.
- Lacks the ability to get an abundance of contested footy.
- Will need to be traded at some stage. Won’t average enough in the backend of the season to be a season keeper.
Big risk, big reward.
If he’s a stud at the start he’ll be worth the trade to get rid of him. You’ll be up the top of the Supercoach rankings whilst the rest of the competition has their hand down their pants wondering what happened. With 30 trades a ‘shark’ move like this is very manageable. However, this is a best-case scenario. For me the risk far outweighs the reward and I will consider but most likely not select Jordan Lewis in 2017.
Will Jordan Lewis be considered for your squad?
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