NBL Dream Team – Round 3

Looking Back (Round 2 Review)

Studs and Duds

In another round of NBL Dream Team dominated by the big men, diminutive Sydney point guard Corin Henry ($116,700) ensured he wouldn’t go unnoticed with an all-action performance in Friday night’s Capital City Clash. The fleet-footed King delivered on the promise he showed in his round-one debut to net a monster 58 Dream Team points against Melbourne, including 12 points from pick-pocketing the Tiger guards and another 10 from assists.

He wasn’t the only Sydney import to make the stud list this week, however, with power forward Darnell Lazare ($116,700) chalking up 50 points to cement himself inside the top 10 players of the round for the second consecutive week. In the opening round we projected some huge scores for Lazare if he could slash his turnover count, and he responded with an error-free effort against Melbourne. Now we just need the LSU alumnus to improve his finishing around the basket, with missed shots costing Lazare almost 30 DT points this week.

Another to rectify a weakness in his round-one game was New Zealand centre Alex Pledger ($114,400), who recorded a doughnut in the rebounds column last week against Perth. The Breakers big man was a beast on the boards this week though, hauling in 10 rebounds and adding three blocks to equal Henry’s round-topping score of 58 points. Teammate Cedric Jackson (guard, $191,300) got his game going in the second half and almost chased down Henry and Pledger with a typically well-rounded performance that included seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals.

Cairn’s centre-forward Cam Tragardh ($151,200), the only player to register a half-century last week, improved on his round-one tally to post 54 DT points against Wollongong and, with two games in round three, become the first Dream Teamer to achieve “must-have” status this season.

While Tragardh was an undisputed stud, similarly-priced teammate Jamar Wilson was king of the duds, finishing the Taipans’ loss to the Hawks with minus four points. It’s too early to panic, and a two-match round this week should temper the urge to trade in any case, but it’s fair to expect a little more when you shell out $151,000 in this game.

Melbourne recruit Chris Goulding ($60,200) is at least bombing at a bargain price, following up his melee-affected score of eight in round one with a minus two against Sydney. The 72 DT points the former Gold Coast guard racked up in a pre-season game just weeks earlier now seems like a lifetime ago.

New Zealand guard-forward Tom Abercrombie ($154,000) entered the season as the third-most selected player in Dream Team, but will surely be dumped en masse after an out-of-sorts opening fortnight that has generated just 16 points in total.

Looking Forward (Round 3 Preview)

Pick Me, Pick Me!

Player values will start to dip and soar after this coming round, so this week is your last chance to snap up some bargains at their starting price. Melbourne centre-forward Matt Burston ($66,100) looks set to be one of the biggest earners on the back of scores of 26 and 32 in the opening rounds, and the Tigers are about to embark on a streak of five consecutive home games.

Meanwhile, Cairns rookies Cameron Gliddon (guard, $49,100) and Clint Steindl (forward, $49,100) could only muster two points between them in round two, but showed enough in round one when they combined for more than 50 that they might be worth a punt for the Taipans’ double-game round three.

Double-Points Decision

The two North Queensland teams vacate the Sunshine State for two games apiece in round three, and although those games will all be played in enemy territory, it’s hard to look past a Dream Teamer playing twice when making the all-important captaincy decision this week.

Townsville guard Gary Ervin ($116,700) reportedly carried an injury through his Crocs debut in which he scored a modest – by the 2011 MVP’s standards – 18 DT points. If his body is right for the trips to New Zealand and Wollongong, then a big total is on the cards. Of course, form and fixtures point to Tragardh being the likeliest source of Dream Team gold in round three, with the scintillating Snakes centre doubling up with games against Sydney and Adelaide.

18 Comments

  • Im thinking of using 2 trades this week to get in Trigger. Which out of these 2 options do you think is better?

    Scott+Goulding for Trigger and Williams
    or
    Wilson+Hire for Trigger and Williams

    Im leaning to the 1st one. Also do you thinks it’s worth keeping Wilson for the double this week, of course he will loose a little coin but he can easily score 60+ this week, i’m thinking of keeping him for just this week and trading him next week for Henry. Good or bad move?

    • Plus Chook, like always there is some really handy stuff in this article, Great work!

    • Keep Scott…should go up heaps and Balls still out for Tigers

      Can you go Wilson & Goulding?

  • Great stuff chook!

    Goulding-Williams(cairns)
    Crosswhite-Pledger

    Thoughts???

  • I’m so stoked to be ranked in the top 900.

    Obviously, there’s better out there. Anyone in the elite category?

    • Im top 400 for my first year in NBL DT, i know there will be many on this site higher but im so happy with my placing, hopefully i can finish in the top 200, but seasons end :)

      • Well done Mate!

        I’d be over the moon with that.

        • I am! I’m 1st and 2nd in my 2 league that came from this website Whats ur team look like?
          Here is mine:

          Forwards: Tragardh, Lazare (Hinder, Hire)
          Centres: Pledger (Allen)
          Guards: Jackson, Wilson (Williams Cadee)

          I thinking of going Wilson to Henry and Cadee to Ervin next week as i have a fair bit of cash left

          • Wow. I’m 2nd, 6th, 6th, 7th and 7th in my five leagues.

            I’ve got 5 players that u have.
            Here’s my current lineup (Pledger in for Crosswhite, Williams in for Goulding)

            FORWARDS: Tragardh, Redhage (Garlepp, Steindl)
            CENTERS: Pledger (Allen)
            GUARDS: Jackson, Ervin (Williams, Cadee)

          • Is your team name kingcolesy? If so i’m in your league

          • I like the trades.
            I was thinking about Henry for Ervin but I’m gonna wait.

            It should work out nicely for u. Henry is having a hot run so it’s worthwhile. U will also get an accurate measure in terms of Ervin’s scoring potential since he has two games this round and there are questions about his fitness. And ervin doesn’t get his first price change until the end of rd4.

          • Sorry. That’s probably somebody else.

          • Actually – it’s highly likely Ervin will have his first price change after this round as he plays two games this round – so he’ll have played three games overall – thus price change.

    • 121st Overall….Trigger my captain for first 2 weeks

      Doesn’t play any D but stats are what it is all about in this game and he can sure fill it up

      • I had him captain all week but something went into my head at the last minute and I picked Redhage.
        Jackson and Tragardh had a field day and Redhage had a shocker(kind of).

      • He’s locked in for this week though.
        Not taking my finger of him for a second.
        I’d love a 160+ score. What do u guys expect from him?

  • Playing Ervin with the double.
    Do i bench Henry v Cairns or Jackson v Townsville?