Im not quite sold on NZ to be honest,
They got Cedric Jackson back, which is huge, and a upgrade on Kerron Johnson, but is Ibekwe as good as Wilkinson?? i havnt seen much of Ibekwe so hard to judge, but i dont expect him to be as good, so as far as the import combo goes i see it as more or less of a break even, unless Ibekwe is as good or very close to Wilkinson, who is one of the better import bigs we have had in the NBL in recent years. Either way i dont see the imports as massive upgrades overall, even though Cedric is by far the best of the lot.
Im a fan of Corey Webster, but not sure he will have the year people are expecting, i think he will average somewhere around 13 pts tops, with a few big scoring games along the way, overall i think he is average in terms of starting sg's in the NBL, not the worst but no where near the best, unless he has a huge break out year, which not sure he will.
Abercrombie and Pledger missing time (potentially) with injury could also hurt them a fair bit.
Also not sure about there bench, maybe its my ignorance of some of there players, but Carter is the most proven of them (im also a big fan of his) and Wesley intrigues me, he could be really good, and there import big should be ok, but overall it lacks a shooter or 2 imo, and a touch top heavy with Carter as the only guard.
Having said all that i think they will be decent and in the group from 3rd to 6th, and to me they are of a similar level to last season. So yes they could come 3rd, but i dont see it as a lock like many are suggesting.
Anyway will be interesting to see, cant wait for the season.