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Early predictions with current lineups

If Perth sign 3rd import instead of Hire may swap to #1
Depending on Melbourne's imports may swap to #4

1. Sydney Kings

*Randle / Adnam
Lisch / Wilson Replacement
Newley / Local or *cheap import
*Wear / Kickert / Pineau
Bogut / Deng (shared with Kickert)

2. Perth Wildcats

Martin / Norton
*Cotton / Steindl
*Prather(?) / Hire
Kay / Wagstaff / Vague
Brandt / Jervis

3. Adelaide 36ers

Sobey / Doyle
*Moore / Teys
Creek / Drmic / McVeigh
*Childress(?) / Deng
Johnson / Froling

4. New Zealand Breakers

Illi / Weeks
Webster / local
*Import / Abercrombie / Ngatai
Wesley / Delaney
*Import / Majok

5. Melbourne United

* Ware(?) / local
Goulding / Hooley
*Import / Moller
Barlow / Trist / Smith-Milner
*Boone(?) / Pledger

6. Illawarra Hawks

Ogilvy / Local
*Conklin(?) / Andersen
Blanchfield / Conreaad
*Import / White
*Jett(?) / Naar

7. Brisbane Bullets

Cadee / Gibson
Gliddon / *Holt
*Import / Te Rangi
Bairstow / Vukona / Fullarton
Hodgson / Magnay

8. Cairns Taipans

*Import / Kenny
*Import / Kernich-Drew / Kuany
*Import / Local
Walker / Loughton
Jawai / Loe

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Can scratch Fullerton from Bullets chart. Left to joIn Brisbane Lions.

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Couldn't wait for this! I wanted to put out something that had never been mentioned before on this forum.

Sydney then Daylight!!!!

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Creek's release today highlights how stupid threads such as this is in JUNE!!!

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Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, New Zealand, Illawarra, Cairns.

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Waiting to see teams finalised, especially imports, and particularly United. I don't see the defending champions sitting on their asses.

For that reason:

1. Melbourne
2. Perth
3. Adelaide
4. Sydney
5. Hawks
6. NZ
7. Brisbane
8. Cairns

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NZ are getting 3 imports, not two. They'll be a championship contender this season with their roster.

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My early prediction is this:

Top 4:

Perth, Sydney, United, Adelaide.
In no particular order, although I'd put

The rest:

NZ have an unproven coach. With good imports they could content for the title- given their local contingent is strong with the addition of Webster.

One of the rules of the NBL is never underestimate Bevo. So Hawks should be competitive and regularly surprise the bigger budget clubs, but I don't see them as contenders.

Brisbane's fate will depend on the strength of their import 3, and Bairstow.

Cairns looks the early favourite for wooden spooners to me. Have lost 2 of their best Aussies, and have a low budget so unlikely to sign an absolute superstar import to make up for it.

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Cairns look like wooden spooners to me.
Now that Creek is gone it will be interesting to see what Adelaide do next.
Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in no particular order look the top 3.

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I think ppl are overestimating Sydney. No way Bogut and Lisch stay injury free all year, Newley is also ageing and on the decline, I don't think Wear is anything special, however his style of play tends to work well in the NBL. At some stage, Randle and Kickert will be holding this team afloat. And don't get me started on the coaching trio of Gaze, Copeland and Bradtke (if they are all still there), great players do not make great coaches.

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1-2 Sydney or Perth
3 Melbourne
4-5 NZ or Adelaide
6-8 Cairns or Bullets or Hawks.

Sydney (if healthy) and Perth (depending on final 1-2 import spots) are the clear top 2. Melbourne will probably join them depending on how they finish out their roster. NZ/Adelaide seem to be that next tier. Cairns/Hawks/Bullets appear to be the worst 3, although I do think they're putting together some nice rosters this year. Excepting another exciting league this season.

Adelaide is kind of reminding me of the Adelaide Crows footy side, may have blown their golden opportunity at a title last year (and the previous year).

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Melbourne are well coached but are trying to spend less, so it will all depend on their imports. Wesley is a big out though on seabl form Moller could step up to the four, or Melbourne should get import point, five and four man. Ware and Boone would be a great start but don't see it happening at present.

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On present signings you would say Sydney and Perth would be starting favourites. NZ looking ok as well.

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Has Prather even been signed so the speculations are not valid

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Perth Wilburs  
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Ok. Devondrick Walker will play for the Wildcats if he doesn't make NBA.

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