NBL Dream Team: Round 16 Preview

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Lots of big scores, both positive and negative, made for a season defining round. The are only two weeks left before Dream Team finals so getting into the top 4 is the current priority.

 

Reviewing Round 15

Round 15 Champions

If you were one of those who took the gamble and captained Kevin Lisch then the you were well rewarded as he scored 46 points more than second placed AJ Ogilvy (84). Chris Goulding (80) was third but there were another nine players who also scored 60 or higher, leading to lots of good team scores.

Round 15 Disasters

Only two weeks ago Shaun Bruce had some career best nights and was looking like breaking out. Well he crashed back to earth with Cairns’ losses and should be ditched very quickly if he’s in your team. Another champion from two weeks ago, Josh Childress has not had the great comeback his 146 suggested he would. Sydney as a whole struggled against Perth as Marcus Thornton (-2) and Angus Brandt (-2) also scored poorly. Larry Davidson (-2) has stopped producing points again.

 

Get Ready for Round 16

There are only four rounds of NBL Dream Team left for the year and the next two are the last head-to-head matches before finals. If you’re not in the top four of your league then use some trades now to strengthen yourself. Of course if you have eight or more trades left then trade away. If you’ve got less then try and save them so that you have four left for the last two weeks as you want to be as strong as possible for finals.

Round 16 Premium TT

Adelaide have double matches every week for the rest of the season, so are key trade targets for most people. Omar Samhan showed that he might be settling into the league and could be a great point of difference if you’ve the luxury. Chris Goulding and Stephen Holt are both coming off a great week and are thriving Melbourne thrives, however United only play 5 more games so they’ll have limited impact.

Round 16 Bargain TT

New additions to Sydney, Indiana Faithful and Jordan Vandenberg both have shown potential and if they continue getting court time then they’ll be nice late season cash cows. Adelaide has more cheap options in Ebi Ere and Lucas Walker who have the potential to get great scores on their day. Jermaine Beal is also a possibility if you think his 34 from this round signifies an end to his scoring slump.

Round 16 Captains

I wouldn’t risk picking anyone who isn’t in the top 5 as a captain, despite how awesome Kevin Lisch has been lately you wouldn’t back him to outscore them from just one game. Adelaide and New Zealand are the only teams with double matches this round so make sure they’re on court for you.

11 Comments

  • Cheers Tristan. Personally not too sure if captaining Lisch last week was that much of a gamble. He’s without doubt the form player of the NBL currently. Your thoughts on Penney: just out for the week, or longer? He & Kicks get the bounce for Petrie & DJ for me this week. Captain DJ for sure. Half tempted by Randle…

    • Lisch was a gamble because every opponent will be looking to shut him down and at some point someone is going to cause him to have a quiet game. It just didn’t happen this round.

      I’d trade out Penny as he is at peak price and there’s a chance to rest him an extra game or two if they win and keep the space ahead of those below them.

      • I agree with Penney now out it is far more likely Lisch will cop heavier attention. But up until the last game, Penney couldn’t be left open. Not that many quality defenders IMO in the NBL at present.

  • Got top 4 locked away, just getting ready for finals

    Might be time to build the bank and dump Brandt. Hopefully for Faithful, see if that works

    Should I stick with Cedric Jackson as a finals guard or is Randle a must have?

    • Randle would be much better to have than Cedric, but then he’s a lot more expensive too. Cedric is going to get you solid enough scores most weeks.

  • I have got Webster and Chill, thinking of dumping them for Randle and DJ. That would leave me DJ Warrick AJ Randle Lisch starting and taking the duck on Penny on the bench.

    Or more worthwhile just keeping Webster on the double and whatever Chill feels like doing this week, and getting rid of Warrick and Penny?

    • I’d get rid of Penny as I’ve said in comments above.

      Childress is a tough one as he’ll lose money this week but assuming he doesn’t get injured then you will probably want him for the last three rounds, so trading him out now isn’t necessarily the right move.

  • Hi Tristan.

    Thinking Glids to Cedric and Penney to Randle.

    Team will be : DJ, Chill, AJ, Randle, Lisch. Res – Majok, White, Brandt, Cedric & Teys.

    1 trade left and 13 k.

    Thoughts.

  • Hi Tristan,

    I have benched Penney due to injury, are you saying trade him altogether though?

    I have had AJ as captain for several rounds, should i swap now Lisch? I don’t have any of the top 5 Captain Choices listed above as i can’t afford them. I am currently 2nd in my league (Public League (344161)) though!

    Current team is M Knight, H Warrick as Forwards, A Ogilvy as Centre, K Lisch and C Gliddon as Guards. Bench i have J Wagstaff and O Foreman as Forwards, T Jervis as Centre, K Penney and D Martin as Guards

    I have 9 trades left (none used at time of posting). Remaining Salary $16,300