NBL Dream Team – Round 6

Looking Back (Round 5 Review)

Studs and Duds

There was a strong sense of Dream Team déjà vu to round five of the NBL, with Sydney guard Ben Madgen cementing his status as the doyen of the double-game weeks with another table-topping score.

A week after scoring a league-best 82 Dream Team points in Sydney’s triumphant two-game trip to North Queensland, Madgen reset the record to 84 points with equally eye-catching  displays against New Zealand and Adelaide.

Fellow Kings guard Aaron Bruce stockpiled 72 points over the weekend to be the second-best scorer of round five, but the most any player from Townsville could manage from their two fixtures was the 64 points gathered by import guard Gary Ervin.

Ervin’s owners could be forgiven for thinking they were in for a bigger payday after the former league MVP amassed 56 points in Friday night’s Reptile Rumble, but a disastrous road loss in Melbourne yielded a disappointing eight points.

 New Zealand guard Cedric Jackson was anything but disappointing, scoring 60 Dream Team points to help the Breakers hold off Sydney and provide further proof that his round-three failure was the exception, rather than the rule, this season.

While Jackson was studding it, teammate Tom Abercrombie was dudding it, finishing with zero Dream Team points after he hit none of his four shots from the field in 24 minutes against the Kings. Abercrombie’s owners can only hope for a turnaround like that of Wollongong marksman Oscar Forman, who rebounded from his round-four nought with a half-century against Perth in round five.

Forman was a stand-out in the top-of-the-table clash, joining teammates Adris Deleon (52) and Larry Davidson (46) in chalking up huge Dream Team numbers while restricting their Perth opponents to dud-like scores.

Looking Forward (Round 6 Preview)

Pick Me, Pick Me!

Todd Blanchfield and Adam Ballinger were touted as top trade options in this space last week, and while the former proved a flop, squeezing only 40 points out of Townsville’s two-game round, the latter starred in Melbourne’s break-through win, grabbing 52 Dream Team points and a bucketload of fantasy cash for his new owners.

If you missed him last week, cut your losses and add the former Adelaide power forward before he comes up against his old side this week. There’ll still be a few more price hikes on the horizon if Ballinger keeps up his current form.

Oh, but you want to double your chances by bringing in a baller from the 36ers or Breakers, who both have two games scheduled in round six? A high shooting percentage combined with plenty of clock has made Stephen Weigh one of the highest-scoring Adelaide players this season, and he’s pretty consistent too, making him a strong candidate to collect big-time points against Melbourne and Perth.

Double-Points Decision

There’s no doubting Madgen has hit some white-hot form early this season, but it’ll take a brave Dream Team coach to captain him against Wollongong this week after the Hawks shut down Perth in round five.

Instead, the go-to guy in round six has to be Cedric Jackson, who takes his New Zealand team to North Queensland for back-to-back games against Townsville and Cairns. He can fill it up, no question, but Jackson also crams the other stat categories, having snared seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals to go with his 22 points in the Breakers’ win over Sydney.

If you can’t afford Jackson, or are scared off by the fact that Townsville kept him to just four DT points in round three, then Alex Pledger should come in to your captaincy calculations.

The Breakers big man is coming off a 46-point game last week and scored 40 points in his last outing against the Crocodiles.

30 Comments

  • HAD A VERY FRUSTRATING WEEK!! i dropped from 227th to 540th with a measly score of 332! I’m looking at making one of these trade options:

    1) Crosswhite/Hinder –> Pledger/Gliddon ((Via Blanchfield) This finally gets rid of Hinder and keeps Lazare)
    2) Crosswhite/Lazare –> Pledger/Weigh (This poses a bit of a problem come Adel’s bye, but gets a unique)
    3) Crosswhite/Lazare –> Schnescher/Vukona (Poses a bit of a problem come Adel’s bye, but gets 2 uniques)
    4) Crosswhite/Lazare –> Pledger/Abercrombie (Lots of cash left, has a under performing Abercrombie)
    5) Crosswhite/Lazare –> Pledger/Flynn (I think Flynn will explode from day 1, to average 30+)

    I’m leaning to to first 1 as i really want to get rid of Hinder and Allen ASAP. If i go for the first one this is what my side will look like heading into Rnd 6:

    Fwds: Lazare, Ballinger (Blanchfield, Hire)
    Cents: Pledger (vc) (Allen)
    Guards: Jackson (c), Cadee (Henry, Gliddon)
    Cash: 11.4k

    So what are your thoughts on which trades i should do???

    • i would go number one, i think lazare still has some good weeks coming, however weigh (2) and flynn (5) are quite good options

      • I’ve decided i’m going option 3 as i’ve worked out it should get me around 50 more points than option 1, plus i was worried about Adel’s bye but i think i’ll go Schnescher to Knight, ahead of his double

  • Dont know what to do!
    S Weigh or A Gibson ( both of Adel).

  • I’ve had an amazing week! Jumping from 894 to 597 in the rankings. I scored 424 this round, winning in all 5 of my leagues.

    Here’s my current line-up:

    FORWARDS: Tragardh, Ballinger (Garlepp, Steindl)
    CENTRES: Pledger (Allen)
    GUARDS: Jackson, Cadee (Madgen, Ervin)

    I plan to get Weigh and Gruber and I plan to get rid of Garlepp and Steindl and maybe Allen. I have 26,400k in the bank and 26 trades left. Any way that can work?

    • Is going Trigger and Garlepp to Weigh and Gruber under the salary?

      • But that means I have to field Ballinger. I’d rather him on the bench.

        How do you think Garlepp and Steindl will progress? Will it be enough for them to hit 100k so I can upgrade and downgrade accordingly?

        • I can hold this week and downgrade either one of Garlepp or Steindl and upgrade via the other

          • I doubt Garlepp and Steindl will get to 100k and why would u want to bench someone who is averaging 45 in his last two games?

  • Hey AFL_The Greatest Game,

    Sorry about last week. Sad to see Blanchfield have a quiet one.

    ps. I’m only 57 spots behind u.

    • Ooooohhh ur closing in!! Blanchfiled frustrated me on the weekend because in his first game he got 2 fouls in the first 25 secs, which saw him not coming back on till halfway to the second 1/4 and only getting 25 mins, and in the second game ( i was at it, GO TIGERS!) His team got absolutely dominated and gave him no chances, still was the best croc against the tigers but that only saw him get 22! Im looking at bouncing bac this week with a big score of 450+, i know i said something like this last week but my team is looking good for this week, if all goes to plan, un like this week i can get there:

      Vukona: 75 Ballinger: 35 (Hinder: 5, Hire: 9)

      Schnescher: 70 (Allen: 5)

      Jackson (c) 170, Cadee 50 (Henry: 15, Blanchfield: 15)

      Total: 450

      Fingers crossed this can happen :) Your team looks like it can have a pretty big score too! i’d say ur team is looking better overall than mine!

  • LOL! I used to think that 150-200 was top notch, and if someone got near 300, they’ll write themselves into the history books. I was wrong, very wrong.

    Anyways, I’m expecting a 350-400 this round. AFL_The Greatest Game, that would probably fail to reach your expectations. How many points have u scored overall? Just wanted to know to find out how far behind I am :)

    • I have scored 1398, what have you scored?

      • and if you head into this Rnd with that team above you should be looking at 415+

      • Oooooooh. Ur probably just gripping on. I’ve scored 1387 points. I reckon this week either you’ll open up ur lead or I’ll hit the front. An intriguing battle awaits us, may the best DTer win.

        • I think i should gain 30 points on you this week, if nothing unexpected happens

          • Always expect the unexpected as they say. I have a feeling that you’ll gain a few points this week and I’ll need some brave decisions to claw back the deficit.

  • How many trades have u made including this week?

  • I know it doesn’t belong on this page, but I can’t wait for the cricket to start. Anyone up in Brisbane going to the game?

  • Hey Sam, i really need your help on this one, there are 2 different trade scenarios i have narrowed it down to:

    1) Crosswhite/Lazare –>Schenscher/Vukona
    2) Crosswhite/Hinder –> Pledger/Gliddon (Via Blanchfield)

    -Option 1 gives me a much more likely chance of scoring huge this week and should get me 40 more points than option 2 this week. (Gives me 5k left, to try and trade Cadee to Flynn next week)

    -Option 2 makes my whole team look a lot more rounded and even in every position and should be better for me in the long run (Gives me 11k left, to try and trade Cadee to Flynn next week)

    What my team looks like after option 1:

    Fwds: Vukona, Ballinger (Hinder, Hire) 2 premos + 2 cheapos
    Centres: Schenscher (Allen) 1 premo + 1 cheapo
    Guards: Jackson, Cadee (Henry, Blanchfiled) 3 premos + 1 mid pricer
    Cash left: 5k

    What my team looks like after option 2:

    Fwds: Blancfiled, Ballinger (Lazare, Hire) 3 premos + 1 cheapo
    Centres: Pledger (Allen) 1 premo + 1 chapo
    Guards: Jackson, Cadee (Henry, Gliddon) 2 premos + 2 mid prciers
    Cash left: 11k (bigger likelihood i could go Cadee –> Flynn next week)

    So what option would you go Sam? Cheers in advance!
    W

    • Sorry for the late response. Umm I definitely like the first option, but I understand what u mean by having a rounded team. I don’t won’t to sit on the fence like i did last week with Blanchfield and Madgen(sorry).

      Go with team 1. You have nothing to lose and that squad should tally a big total thanks to all the Adelaide and NZ players. U have 23 trades to worry about how to get a rounded team.

      • Dammmm… i was 2 mins late to change my team, so im stuck with option 2

  • Just made a team, and I have no idea what I’m doing…

    Lazare, Ballinger (Walker, Creek)

    Pledger (Hinder)

    Ervin, Flynn (Gliddon, Cadee)

    Good team, or shit team?