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NBL power rankings: Round 1

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18th January, 2021

The NBL is back – here are the power rankings!

1. The Hawks – two really impressive away game wins sees The Hawks on top of the NBL Ladder after Round 1. This team has the chemistry, synergy and belief that they can win against anyone. This has been instilled by their head coach, Brian Goorjian.

He coached the team to victory against a competitive Brisbane Bullets team and a finals calibre Cairns Taipans team even with a few starters out of the line-up. Imports Justin Simon and Tyler Harvey have already found their feet in this league.

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2. Melbourne United – When your star import only scores four points for the game and you still win by over 20 points you know you’ve had a good night. United showed off their stacked roster with many of their players making big contributions in their win against the Adelaide 36ers Friday night. Yudai Baba looks to of been a steal with his impressive debut.

Chris Goulding is still one of the best three point shooters in the league. This team already looks scary heading into Round 2.

3. Adelaide 36ers – Off the back of a really poor loss against United, the 36ers bounced back and had a double overtime win over the South East Melbourne Phoenix. Josh Giddey looks to be a star in the making and Daniel Johnson showed that he is one of the best players in the league.

Both games saw a huge crowd of over 6500 which was great to see considering ongoing COVID situation. This team is showing a lot of grit and determination and we’ll see if they will back it up in their upcoming rematch against the Phoenix.


4. Cairns Taipans – After a gutsy one point win against the Sydney Kings they had a shocking game against an undermanned Hawks outfit. This round could have easily seen them with two losses to kick off their campaign which has been an ongoing issue with the Taipans almost every year.

Our expectations have changed and this team needs to show why we all rate them so highly. They have another two games in Round 2 to prove to us they are legit.

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5. Brisbane Bullets – Brisbane Bullets were quite impressive in their loss against The Hawks. Import Vic Law looks like he will be a huge asset in their campaign this season. They were undermanned and almost got away with the win. This team will be much better than first thought but they need to get their season away with a win in Round 2.

6. Sydney Kings – The Sydney Kings had a disappointing one point loss against the Cairns Taipans especially when they had multiple opportunities to win the game.

Casper Ware in his last four NBL games has only made two 3 point shots from his 32 attempts. Didi Louzada and Shaun Bruce also had a bad night from the beyond the arch. They have a lot of work to do if they want to compete with the top level teams.

7. New Zealand Breakers – Did not play in Round 1 but an injury involving an avocado and one of their star players isn’t a great way to start the season. Their campaign will begin against the Adelaide 36ers on Friday night.


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8. Perth Wildcats – Another team who was inactive this round due to having to quarantine for a week. Not the kind of preparation they would want for their first game of the season against the Phoenix this coming Sunday.

9. South East Melbourne Phoenix – An abysmal loss against the Adelaide 36ers may be their first loss of the season but in actual fact it is their ninth loss in a row if including last season.

This team allowed the most points against in the entire league last year and even though it went to double overtime they allowed the most points against on average this round to a team that could only score 65 only a couple of nights ago. They need to tighten up the defence and beat the 36ers Wednesday night.