NBL Dream Team: With Wortho

With AFL Grand Final weekend upon us and another season of AFL DT behind us we find ourselves lost Monday through Friday with a huge void of DreamTeam action…The injury updates, the tribunal decisions and the crunching of the numbers to see if your favourite DT’er is gonna have a blinder this week against his opposition. Well drag yourselves out of the mud and dust yourselves off as we at DT Talk (www.dreamteamtalk.com) are jumping on the NBL Dream Team wagon. Many of our favourite AFL players are huge basketball fans so what better way to stay in DT touch than to have an offseason refining your skills. The NBL just had there preseason tournament and we might have seen a few players that stood out while a few diamonds in the rough also appeared. We are here to give you an insight on some of the players you might wanna look out for.


Shawn Redhage (Perth Wildcats) – $127,900

The Co- captain of the Wildcats was named MVP of the preseason tournament on the weekend. Commonly dubbed “The scoring machine” Shawn has always been a very consistent scorer. Last year he was a little down on his numbers after coming back from what most thought was a career ending broken hip but looks to have regained his touch that has made him a 6-time club MVP at the historic Wildcats franchise.

Thomas Abercrombie (NZ Breakers) – $154,000

Abercrombie enjoyed stepping out of Kirk Penny’s shadow last season and repaid his coach Andrej Lemanis by being selected in the NBL All-star 5 last season. Averaging 15.2 points a game last season combined with the fact they loss Gary Wilkinson to Estonia, Abercrombie will be heavily relied on again this season. Be cautious of his ankle injury to start the season but I have him as a must this season.

Seth Scott (Melbourne Tigers) – $116,700

Scott had and up and down pre season tournament but coach Chris Anstey likes him so far. I couldn’t go pass his last game where he had 24 points and 21 rebounds. He did however have 7 turnovers to go with it but knowing Anstey I’d expect him to help refine his value for the ball while putting him into an offence to allow him to succeed. If 20/20 games become regular for this import i’d expect him to be a DT All-star.


Daniel Johnson (Adelaide 36’ers) – $180,200

With 7 footer Luke Schensher coming back to Adelaide I thought DJ’s number would suffer but that was put to rest when he exploded for 32 points in the opening pre season game. The ever quiet in nature Johnson has improved on his number ever year after serving his apprenticeship under former 2 time NBL MVP player and current tigers coach Anstey. I high volume shooter and quality rebounder DJ produce great DT number week in and week out.

Alex Pledger (NZ Breakers) – $114,100

“Chief” is now the number 1 centre in NZ after the departure of Wilkinson and the breakers have placed the faith into Pledgers hands. After averaging 8.6 points and 5.3 rebounds a game last season i expect with his increased court time to have increased output. His size is only rivalled but Schenser in the NBL and I expect him to have a break out season.


Kevin Lisch (Perth Wildcats) – $166,100

Last seasons MVP for the NBL should definitely be high on your priority list in NBL DT. Averaging 17.3 points a game last season Lisch helped steer the Wildcats to one win away from winning the championship. With a similar roster to last season look for last years MVP to get similar looks and feel even more comfortable with his teammates as he has become the man at the Wildcats. Lisch also has a very underrated passing game which see’s him rack up the assists as well.

Cedric Jackson (NZ Breakers) – $191,300

Cedric the entertainer is a triple double waiting to happen and is very effective during all games. His scoring, passing and rebounding game is over shadowed that he possibly the best since Darryl MacDonald at picking someones pocket. Look out for him again this season as he looks to make the Breakers the first team since the Sydney Kings to 3-peat.

Jamar Wilson (Cairns Taipans) – $151,000

The pint size point guard up in FNQ did everything for the snakes last season. If the Taipans want to make it back to the finals this season they need a huge year from him and to bring his all round game to a higher level in 2012/13 season. Coach Aaron Fearne has revolved his offence around Wilson’s ability to play off the on ball. I see him with a few massive games this season.

Those are what I consider to be this year’s premium players. As for the dark horses here is my list.


Tom Garlepp (Sydney Kings) – $49,100
Greg Hire (Perth Wildcats) – $43,500
Clint Steindl (Cairn Taipans) – $49,100


Ben Allen (Townsville Crocodiles) $43,500
Matt Burston (Melbourne Tigers) – $66,100


Jason Cadee (Adelaide 36’ers) – $62,500
Rhys Martin ( Wollongong Hawks) – $101,400
Corey Webster (NZ Breakers) – $49,100

Hope you join NBL DT this season. To signup go to dreamteam.nbl.com.au and get your mates involved!

Cheers, Wortho!

Unlike the AFL, the NBL teams have different games on a week to week basis. Some teams my have a ‘bye’ as some others double up. These are the rounds for you to get busy and load up (especially with your captain selection). Enjoy this handy resource.

Thanks heaps to Wortho! If you’re not following him on twitter… get around the gun! @Wortho44 and for all your AFL and NBL DT needs don’t forget to follow @DTTALK @RoyDT @CalvinDT @WarnieDT and visit www.dreamteamtalk.com


  • Yeah, I signed up, should be a laugh knowing nothing about basketball

  • Are you boys having any leagues

  • When do the team lists come out in the NBL? Is it like AFL?

    • It is nothing like AFL. No team lists ever come out.

      Every team has a squad of 10 players, plus 2 or 3 development players. You need to just keep an eye on injuries via team websites and nbl.com.au…it can be tricky!

  • Who’s the best pick for someone under 60k?

    I don’t know anyone here.

    • Russell Hinder! $41,900. Broke his leg last season and missed the whole year. One of the team leaders at the Crocs.

      Get on Adam Ballinger too. $69,300. Had an injury prone year last season and has moved to Melbourne from the 36ers

  • Steindl shot the p1ss out of it at the Blitz….good cheapie

  • I made a league and here is the code: 611840

  • If anyones interested in a fantasy a league league on foxsports my code to join is 4677-973. anyone welcome :)

  • Just set up a league for those reading this awesome article by Wortho! Thanks again man… this has helped me heaps! Also.. thanks Calvin for the great fixture graphic. It doesn’t seem as bad as other years with the byes all over the place.

    Warnie DT TALK – 791993

  • Daniel Johnson and Cedric Jackson are both big money.
    Are they worth it?

    • not as much as big man Julian Khazzouh who last season was at 250k. he’s now left for another league but anyhow. ive got both johnson and jackson because they are both big players and i could build my team around them. johnson is about 40k more then the next high priced centre which is a big margin where as lisch and and maybe a few others (in my opinion) could score as well as jackson.

  • what’s a reasonable score in nbl dreamteam?
    150? 200?

  • here is my last league code:

  • Hey guys,

    Are u guys gonna post articles for nbl dreamteam?
    It would be great help for someone like me!

  • Hey, can either Roy or Warnie create another league, if possible?

  • The Warne Dawgs current NBL lineup.

    FORWARDS: Abercrombie, Ballinger (Garlepp, Hinder).
    CENTRES: Johnson (Allen)
    GUARDS: Jackson, Wilson (Cadee, C. Webster).

  • spots available guys – 846729

  • Here is another Mayhem DT league code….please dont join and forget to update your team…… all welcome, just play the season out thats all I ask…….invite code: 718769

  • Mad Romeys so far:

    FORWARDS: Abercrombie, Tragardh (Steindl, Hinder)
    CENTRES: Pledger (Burston)
    GUARDS: Lisch, Crawford (Cadee, Webster)

    • OR:

      FORWARDS: Abercrombie. Ballinger (Steindl, Hinder)
      CENTRES: Tragardh (Burston)
      GUARDS: Lisch, Deleon (Cadee, Webster)

      Thoughts, which one is better??

      • ballinger is a risk but the rest of your starters are better in the second team. id still go with the second team though

  • 401769 – 7 spots left

  • best forward upto 130k?

    I’ve got Redhage, is there a better deal?

  • Here’s my team

    Abercrombie, Scott, Garlepp and Hire

    Johnson and Allen

    Jackson, Madgen, Cadee and Webster

    Join my league

  • League code: 534998

    Plenty of spots left guys :)

  • TEAM – wolfpack

    ( Ballinger)(steindl)

    Johnson, D(B.Allen

    Henry, C, (J.Harvey)
    Cadee, J, (m.cedar)

    Cash left – $62,000

  • hey guys,

    I’m very new to nbl.
    It would be great to receive some feedback on my current line-up, so here goes:

    FORWARDS: Tragardh, Ballinger (Garlepp, Hinder)
    CENTERS: Johnson (Allen)
    GUARDS: Jackson, Lisch (Cadee, Demos)

    I’m not too sure about the final spot for my guards. Demos was just for team balance, to have an equal number of players from each team. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • As Wortho said, consider Corey Webster from the Breakers, mate. Out for a year with drugs suspension, but looks to have his shit together and can score with the best of them. Otherwise, ex-Blaze guard Goulding has had some good numbers for Melbourne but costs a tad more (about $60k I think).

      • Thanks mate

        I’ll take that into consideration!

        • I’ve made these changes

          Seth Scott for Ballinger
          Ryhs Martin for Lisch
          Chris Goulding for Demos

          My team looks a fair bit better, thanks again chook!

  • Is there any forward worth having on the court ahead of ballinger who costs less than 72k???

  • Here is my team-

    Tobins Team

    Abercrombie Johnson Jackson
    Ballinger (Allen) Lisch
    (Steindl, Hinder) (C Webster, Demos)

    Dont know a lot about NBL so any feedback on my team would be great!

  • Here is my team.

    Tobins Team

    (Steindl, Hinder)


    (C Webster, Cedar)

    Dont know a lot about NBL so any feedback on my team would be great!

  • thanks mate

  • Put a league together as well, guys. Jump on in.


    • Thrilled that I got into your league.
      I’m a massive NBL DT’er and unfortunately didn’t look on dreamteamtalk until today.

      • Happy to have you on board! Unless you’re really, really good. I was hoping to avoid the ass-whoopings I got handed in my AFL DT league this year. ;)

  • In the past month I’ve joined the NFL and EPL cos I miss the DT. Don’t know the sports though and I don’t know anything about NBL but I can’t wait to start learning.!!!

  • A tweet last night from Chris Anstey said that Ballinger will be unlikely for Round 1. Remember your bench players score in NBL DT, so you can’t just whack him there.

    Restructure, restructure, restructure!

  • lockout’s not too far away.

    Who’s a better pick for captain, Johnson (Adelaide), Jackson (New Zealand) or Tragardh (Cairns)?

  • What is the average salary cap you should have left after you buy all your players??

  • Hello my first post in DT talk loved it all year probably got me to 179th overall.thanks
    I’ll try and give a bit back in the nbl as I’ve gone around before coment/ridicule at will !!!

    This is not DREAMTEAM it’s nbl a whole new ball game, similar yes but not the same.
    My two cents:
    Pick your side for rounds 3-4-5 in mind so you don’t have to trade early. You can still have a good side as all teams play once in r1+r2

    Redhage,crawford (garlapp,hinder)
    Tragardh (Alan)
    Ervin,Wilson (Henry,,cadee)

    Come round 4 look to trade cairns players to kings for their b2b doubles.
    2011 MVP Ervin is a must at 116k

    Also teams on here looking to go the big money loading up with swan, ablett,buddy(Johnson,Jackson,Tragardh,ect) in one team is not ideal to start. The bench players score(only half yes) but score and often decide games. So pick a gun or two yes but share the $$ around with some players, pick bench players that will likely get some minutes.By changing a jackson to a lisch or Wilson saves 30-40k and then let’s you turn a 40kish bench player into say madgen, Harvey or goulding, all ok players who will get more minutes(and intern points)

    Just my 2cents I’m no guru but have played this comp the last 4 years

    So take what you will from it

  • I have won my past two seasons public league championships and I’m looking for a 3peat this season! Unfortunately half the teams become ghost ships. I’m looking for 11 more teams that will remain active all season and play it out. Might even turn it into an AFL DT league next year if there is good banter.

    League Code: 674528

  • Ive made a few changes to my team.

    Tobins Team

    FORWARDS: T Abercrombie, S Scott (T Garlepp, R Hinder)
    CENTERS: D Johnson (B Allen)
    GUARDS: K Lisch, W Jamar (C Webster, J Cadee)

    Any feedback would be great!

  • Jason Cadee has a hand injury and is likely to miss first couple of games.
    Just trying to help, Google his name to find out for yourself

  • The injury is nothing major he could
    Actually miss no games at all.

  • Should I bring in Deleon for Jackson and then upgrade S.Scott??

    • I did it, Jackson–>Deleon & Scott–>Abercrombie. You gotta risk it for the biscuit;)