NBL Dream Team: Round 5 Preview

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Huge scores are becoming a bit of a thing for this season as the popular players delivered the goods. Another round with lots of big scorers with double matches should see the party continue.

 

Reviewing Round 4

Round 4 Champions

The top honours were an complete draw this round as both Julian Kazzouh and AJ Ogilvy managed to both score 94 and both did it by scoring 80 in their first game and then 14 in their second. Kevin Lisch (92) wasn’t far behind though he looks like he might have left his injury concerns behind. There was also clump of popular players who scored in the 70’s as Matthew Knight (78), Majok Majok (72), Kirk Penny (70) and Torrey Craig (70) all put up nice totals, but were out done by Daniel Johnson who only needed one game to get his 76. Townsville had all the best value picks this week as Nick Kay was followed by Corey Maynard (44) and Mitch Norton (54).

Round 4 Disasters

As well as the collection of players shown who all finished on -4, a few popular picks didn’t step and won’t be popular very soon. Everard Bartlett (6) had his stocks hit rock bottom as he’s just not getting the opportunity now that Webster is back. Cameron Gliddon and Oscar Forman both crashed back to earth with 18’s while Mitch Creek (10) just hasn’t found the form that many thought he would have this season. Al Harrington looks like he’s going to need some time to adjust to the NBL and only got 22.

 

Get Ready for Round 5

Round 5 Premium TT

Last time I listed a player as cheap as Corey Webster as a premium target it was Beal who has proceeded to thoroughly under-deliver since. I don’t think that will be a problem for Webster as he has really gained something from his time overseas. I was sceptical of Jerome Randle initially as he was looking like a shoot first player, and while he still put up lots of shots, he got 9 assists in the most recent match and looks like he’s starting to mesh with the team. An option not mentioned above is Casey Prather who is back in for the Wildcats and he looked like he’s worked the NBL out a bit more with his extra bench time and could be big with Perth’s double header against Townsville.

Round 5 Bargain TT

Majok Majok is clearly making the most of Warrick’s absence and with Melbourne getting Garrett Jackson as a replacement (who you shouldn’t trade in) then it looks like they’re expecting Warrick to be out for a while. Marcus Thornton looks like he might have found his place and will be doing all he can to make sure that he’s not cut when Childress is fit again. Don’t get tricked by Brad Hill’s big week, he’s unlikely to continue getting sufficient court time to keep getting good scores.

Round 5 Captains

I’m inclined to go with Matthew Knight as my top choice as Perth plays two matches against Townsville this round. He matches up very well against them, while Julian Khazzouh has to face Melbourne again who appear to have his measure. If you want to take a gamble you could consider Jerome Randle or Thomas Abercrombie, although they’re only slightly more of a gamble than going for Corey Webster.

For the third week running we have a New Zealand home game to open the round so make sure you’re ready for that 5:30pm lockout.

11 Comments

  • Cheers for the review as always Tristan. You got me in our H2H last week. Didn’t realise until too late that Warrick was out. Hoping for better luck next time (R11) ;)

    • Yeah, Warrick caught a few out as they only shared the news on the Wednesday. I tweeted about it but with the early lockouts it’s hard to check everything after work.
      I’m loving that H2H has started, just makes each week that bit more exciting.

  • 2 games of Majok or one of AJ at home Vs Cairns on court?

    Worth trading Bartlett to Norton or hold the trade?

    • I’d trade out Bartlett, his break-even is pretty high and his last few scores haven’t been great.

      And I’d go with Majok, it’s a risk, but then AJ has just shown us that he’s only human with his last game being a 14. Where as Majok will still get around 40 even if he’s really quiet.

      • Yeah im leaning to Majok… Norton or Maynard?

        • If you’re looking for a short time money gain then Maynard, but if you’re downgrading and they’re going to be on your bench a while then Norton. Norton has started every game for Townsville and gets more minutes and is steadily improving, but is ~$20k more expensive

  • Keep it quiet with Prather Tristan! Finally getting rid of Conklin this week. Inconsistency is too much to handle(cue the 100 point week). Trading Cadee > Webster and Conklin > Prather. Sitting 5th now, so hopefully a POD like Prather will push me up

  • Nate Jawai ruled out of Perth Wildcats’ clash with Townsville following quad soreness.
    https://twitter.com/FoxBasketball/status/661426462512185344

    • Yeah, that really puts a question mark over Knight being the best captain choice now

      • Not sure that hurts knight. More shots and rebounds and Crocs don’t have a great interior

  • Hey Tristan.

    Currently have # DJ, Majok, JK, Gibson and Norton. Bench is Kay, Harrington, AJ, Bartlett and Bruce.

    Sitting 13th overall. Was thinking Harrington to Prather and Bartlett to Webster.

    Thoughts.