The career of an individual is a year on year progression. It is only right they are judged on last years performances. It is a step by step evolution. If the system hadnt changed I would say the same for teams. However, the introduction of the new system means that there is no continuation from last season and certainly no evolution. There has been a pretty radical change brought about that completely changes the way teams are built and their composition.
Individuals are part of a continuous process, however the introduction of the new system means that there has been a huge change to teams. As such the last couple of years carry no relevance.
I completely agree that the weakest teams should get first pick in a traditional system. However, this contract system aims at team parity (ie Black having to go through the difficult task of releasing a long standing player) and it is a fresh start.
Its is like judging individuals on last seasons stats if their numbers and averages had been changed.
I thought the idea of a contract system and the points limit was to ensure that there were no 'lesser' teams going into the season.
There is now such a difference in how the players are distributed throughout the league and how a team builds its squad that the previous 2 years surely has no relevance.
Remember the contract system was brought about for a reason. That reason was obviously to change certain aspects of the league. Knowing there will be huge changes to the previous years means that it must be a fresh start. The contract system didnt make changes to players, but to how teams are built. Comparing teams and individuals in the same way misses the whole point.
The introduction of a salary cap and contracts is obviously designed to redress imbalances between teams. Now with this in place, going even further and using previous years performances under a completley different system to allocate Rokies to further redress imbalances (that may no longer exist due to the system change) is excessive.
Anyway, Ill be quiet now.