Supercoach 2015 – Josh P Kennedy
JPK does it stand for Juggernaut Pill Kollector?
JPK sits comfortably as one of the super elite premiums of our fine competition. I will declare right now that I am typing this article bearing some significant wood. Some of his numbers are truly startling. So you know where I am coming from, I will give you one such number, right here, right now. In his first 4 years with the Swans, JPK did not miss a game – that’s right not one! In total, he has missed only 2 games in 5 years which were the last two games of this season. How is that for remarkable durability? I hope the fabric in the front of my pants displays that same kind of durability.
In a well-known story, it’s unbelievable the Hawks let him wander off campus at the end of 2009 and join the Swans. After being drafted as a father-son selection at the end of 2006, JPK did not play a game in 2007 and played a handful of games in 2008 and played 10 games in 2009 for the Hawks where he averaged 80 points per game. In his debut season for the Swans he played all 22 games and averaged 81 points per game. Something happened in the off-season after his first year – JPK discovered belief – the belief he could play the game at the highest level and belonged.
With this sense of place, his 2011 season was significant, again playing all 22 games and his average climbing to 96 points per game. It was in 2012 that JPK said “bugger this” and took the competition by the scruff of the jumper, and went coco bananas – again playing all 22 games, finishing the year with an average of 120 points, as an All Australian, club Best and Fairest and a Premiership player. WOOD!
Opposition teams then spent more time in 2013 trying to lock him down and his average fell to 105 for the year – again playing all 22 games – it became apparent after the season that he was carrying a slight niggle – but it never stopped him. In 2014, he was absolutely motoring, until during the first quarter against the Saints he felt a strain in his quad / hammy. If you take out that injury affected score, JPK would have finished with an average of just under 118 points per game.
So does JPK stand for Juggernaut Pill Kollector? You bet your stretched underwear it does.
|Games last season:||20|
|Average last season:||133.90|
|100+ games last season:||17|
|Sub 80 games last season:||2 (1 of these was due to sustaining his injury)|
|Price range last season:||$527K – $657k|
|Missed games last season:||2 (Round 22 and 23 – quad / hammy)|
|Significant history:||Ranked 3rd in Disposals per game in 2014
Ranked 2nd in Total Contested Possessions in 2014
Ranked 1st in Handballs per game in 2014
Ranked 8th in Total Clearances in 2014
Ranked 17th in Total Tackles in 2014
Swabs B&F in 2012
All Australian in 2012
Premiership player in 2012
JPK is a beast; a durable, competitive, son of a gun, consistent beast. Given his durability, and with his 3 year supercoach average of 113, I see there is minimal risk in selecting this fine specimen of a man.
Set and forget, throw away the keys. If you select him to start with, then you have yourself a player. If you don’t start with him, then you must finish with him in your team. JPK’s strong in statistical areas which lead to consistently high scoring.
- Consistency – a 3 year average of 113 is tasty, bloody tasty
- Durability – missing only 2 games out of a possible 110 games. C’mon – that is eye watering stuff
- Contested ball beast – equates to beautiful numbers
- Price – his price may preclude him from starting calculations
- Nothing else – perhaps another injury?
I don’t think you can go past JPK for a number of reasons. I would ideally like to squeeze him into the starting line-up of the Chumps for 2015, however, price may preclude that from happening. If I don’t start with him, then I can guarantee you one thing, I will finish with this man waving his Supercoach sword on the field of battle for my team – I am not sure there is an elite premium who has displayed the same durability over the past 5 years.
What’s your view on JPK for 2015?
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