NBL releases 2010/11 points rankings
NBL RELEASES 2010/11 PLAYER POINTS RANKINGS
As the National Basketball League's highly anticipated free agency period rapidly approaches, Basketball Australia has released the Player Points Rankings for the 2010/11 NBL season.
Fifteen players were rated at the maximum 10-point ranking, including recently crowned NBL Most Valuable Player Corey Williams of Townsville and Championship team members Luke Schenscher and Shawn Redhage of Perth .
The recent announcement that the Sydney Kings would be rejoining the NBL as the ninth team has ensured there will be heightened interest around the free agency period this season, with the Kings needing to fill their roster from scratch.
NBL teams have until 5:00PM AEDT on Thursday 1 April to re-sign their existing contracted players. After that deadline, all unsigned players will be declared free agents and can then be approached by and signed to any of the eight other clubs.
All players that participated in the 2009/10 NBL season are given a Player Points Ranking from one to 10, with each team allowed to accrue a maximum of 70 total player points at any one time in the 2010/11 season.
Initial Player Point Rankings were assigned to all players using a statistical formula similar to the internationally renowned Tendex system. All players were given until 15 March to appeal their rankings, with 13 successful appeals being heard by the Points Appeals Tribunal.
A number of other players who did not play in the NBL in season 2009/10 also asked to receive a ranking for 2010/11, including former West Sydney Razorbacks big man Matthew Knight and former Canberra, Brisbane and Perth guard Damien Ryan.
NBL General Manager Chuck Harmison said the points system had been instrumental in helping the 2009/10 season be the closest on record.
"The NBL’s points system has been continually reviewed and refined since its inception in 2003 and last season we saw it play a huge part in ensuring that the competition continued to be played on a level playing field," said Harmison. “Working in concert with the Salary Cap, the Player Points ensure the talent is spread as evenly as possible across teams.”
The NBL instituted the revolutionary Points System prior to the 2003/04 season, with the purpose of ensuring the competitiveness of the competition by providing a more even distribution of talent and experience.
Teams must conform both to the NBL Points System and NBL Salary Cap (set at A$1,000,000 for 2010/11) for all transactions.
2010/11 NBL Player Points Rankings