Earlier this year
Closeness of the League this year.
Cairns excluded, has there been a season as close and competitive as this one in recent times?
At this late stage of the season :
- No one has clinched a playoff berth.
- 1 to 7 can make the playoffs or drop out of the play offs.
- There is no clear ladder leader since the Wildcats slump brought them back to the pack, then it was musical chairs between Sydney and Melbourne.
- Every team has had it's peaks and slumps at various times of the season illustrating no one is immune to a bad patch of play. Eg. Perth was hot at season’s start then had a 2-8 patch, but seems to have recovered. Sydney conversely had a poor start then worked it all out within the middle third of the season, but are experiencing some unexpected home losses.
Adelaide were on a 7-1 tear and were considered the hottest team recently but recently suffered some poor performances. Brisbane seem to be up and down but generally an upward trend with Patterson.
- Illawarra Hawks who many considered to be last or second last, are only one game from the top four.
- Furthermore, home ground advantage seems to be less effective this season, any home team taking a travelling team likely do so at their peril. Eg Cairns @ Perth. Hawks @ United.
If Parity was an 'issue’ in the NBL, can we consider that parity exists in a league where 7 out of 8 teams are still in it for a playoff spot at this late juncture of the season?
This season has not been kind for punters like me and it’s because of the topsy turvy season which I think makes for a great outcome for the league.