Man, I think I'm coming around on the throw button, but retraining my hands to do what I want is taking some serious time, and I'm still not sure what the best way to remap the buttons for a controller are. For now I've moved throw to L1, keeping Super on R1. I briefly tried switching to Jump on Up, but that felt just terrible.
Definitely an adjustment to have fA and bA at any distance, as Rook, but probably worth having the ability to meaty-throw people. I need to incorporate more close-range boots and claps into my play, just to see what kind of new options and situations come out of it. Ditto for throwing people out of slow attacks on reaction.