NZ to win title, Perth to miss playoffs: Wortho
Bold predictions from Worthington.
"Everyone thinks that Melbourne or Sydney are going to win it but my prediction is the Breakers," Worthington, who won a title with the South Dragons in 2009, told AAP.
"I just like the way their roster's built and one thing that came through in the (preseason) Blitz and NBA game is they like playing for (new coach and former player) Kevin Braswell."
Worthington also tipped perennial powerhouse Perth to make early changes or face ending their 32-year run of finals appearances.
"Streaks are meant to be broken," he said.
"It is a hell of a record but if you look at the talent that's around (in other teams) and retention of their group; they have an older bench and the league has got a lot better.
"I don't know if they've got that mix right at the moment."