I'm really looking forward to the Boomers campaign this year too. I'd say we've got the best talent level we've ever had and could go very close to a medal if they can play smart, team ball.
I disagree with your comment about Balls and Andersen though Hurley. Andersen has been very effective off the bench for the Rockets this season and should be confident going into the Worlds. I do like the idea of Balls on the team though. I think I'd seriously consider him as our 5th big. He could be a real surprise weapon off the bench if the Boomers are having a poor shooting night.
I just had a look to see how Barlow is doing in Spain as well and he has some good stats - better than Ingles - but for some reason has only played 12 games and missed a couple of months at the end of last year. Anyone know what the deal is there?
At this point, I'd be leaning to a team like this:
Andersen Nielsen Ballinger
Mills Bruton Dellavedova
Arguably you could take Gibson instead of Dellavedova, but I have been really impressed with Matt's freshman year at St Mary's, following on from his assured showing for the Boomers. The kid just does everything well. He handles the ball, shoots the three, makes good passes and defends. For that reason, he would make a good emergency option at both guard positions.
Nielsen squeaks in instead of Jawai as well, because he is more mobile and will work hard to defend whoever he is matched up on. Its hard to leave Jawai out because I think he has potential, but I'm just not impressed with his conditioning and movement, which makes him a liability on defence. Offensively, I just think that at the Worlds, good teams won't allow him enough room to work around the basket. He will be a turnover waiting to happen. That could change if he improves his footwork and learns to establish better position, but for now I'm not sure he's ready.
The biggest weaknesses I see for our team are the lack of athleticism at SF and pretty average shooting at SG. Barlow and Wortho are going to have to compete hard, rebound well and try to channel their opponents to the help defence, cause they are going to get beat off the dribble by quicker guys. We're going to need Mills, Bruton, Wortho, Barlow and Andersen to shoot well and open the floor for Bogut and for Newley and Ingles to drive.