Manu Fieldel
Last month

Too-early 2019/20 ladder predictions

All-too-early ladder predictions for NBL season 2019/20. Keen to see what others are thinking.
Kings minor premiers and go on to take the title imo.


Sydney
Melbourne
NZ
Brisbane
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Perth
Illawarra
SEM
Cairns
Adelaide

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Anonymous  
Last month

6ers to finish 4th-5th

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Anon16  
Last month

Kings way too high. The second import will be gone before the season hits halfway. Third more likely. And Perth in 5th, ROFL

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Anonymous  
Last month

Illawarra will play finals, put your money on it.

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Zodiac  
Last month

A bit too early really need to wait until we get a good look at teams at the Blitz.

Melbourne
Illawarra
Perth
SEM

Sydney
Brisbane
Adelaide
NZ Breakers
Cairns

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Anonymous  
Last month

Illawarra the dark horse for sure

Perth will not be breaking their playoff streak this year, 2nd-3rd

Brisbane have under performed every season (someone please explain Lemanis to me) they will not make playoffs

Perth, Melbourne and Sydney playoff locks

NZ, Adelaide and Illawarra to battle it out for the last playoff spot

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Anonymous  
Last month

wildcats are finals bound by default

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Anonymous  
Last month

Melbourne and Sydney could be slow starting with Barlow and Goulding still away. Sydney have Bogut plus head coach and assistant Longley away till at least mid next week. Brisbane in the same boat with head coach and Glidion and Sobey away. You won't be able to drop early games. On money spent and experience Perth and Melbourne have to be favourites. Dark horse Illawarra, very good side if they avoid injuries.

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Andy  
Last month

Top 4:
Melb
Hawks
Sydney
Perth

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Luuuc  
Last month

Are all rosters finalised now? What I really mean is: do we know which teams have 3 imports and which don't? Because that's the only reliable predictor of success.

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Anonymous  
Last month

Way too early.

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Zodiac  
Last month

Are all rosters finalised now?


Yes

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alexkrad  
Last month

1-3
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney

4-7
Adelaide
Brisbane
NZ
SEM

8-9
Cairns
Illawarra

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MACDUB  
Last month

More drama with the Breakers on its way.

Corey Webster wanting out. Breakers not budging. Getting messy apparently. Really messy.

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Cat Fontroller  
Last month

Illawarra. Wow.

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Steven  
Last month

Top 3 in no particular order
Perth, Melbourne and Sydney
Next 3 Brisbane, Illawarra, NZ
Bottom 3 Adelaide, SEM and Cairns.

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Anonymous  
Last month

United
Breakers
Wildcats
Bullets
Kings
36ers
Hawks
Phoenix
Taipans

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D2.0  
Last month

United
Perth
Sydney
Hawks
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Adelaide
NZ
SEM
Brisbane
Daylight
Cairns

Barring Catastrophe, MU and Perth will duke it out for top spot. I think MU, but it will depend on the health of Barlow to start the season, and how they adapt down the stretch. Theoretically they remain vulnerable at the 4, but it remains to be seen how they cover it.
If Goulding can carry over his early for from the WC, MU are going to be almost unstoppable early on.

Sydney have a new coach (who crazily is still tied up with the Boomers) so that's a big question mark for them. They are one year older, and have bet the far on Casper. Don't get me wrong, that's a good bet, but there's going to be confusion when fans chant MVP, because Bogut will think its him.

Next you have a bunch of teams with so any unknowns, new players, new coaches, etc.
I'll take a punt and pick Hawks to make the 4, only because of Brooks.

I never Write Joey off, at least not until he's had a meltdown.

SEM have assembled a good squad, but relying on Gibson and Antman will bite them.

Brisbane either revolutionise the NBL, or suck balls. Hard to tell which. Having Lemanis on WC duty, with Sobey and Gliddon carrying his bags, won't help their pre-season. Seriously, could make the 4, or just plain suck.

Cairns. Well it rains a lot up there in summer, so at least being inside is good.

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Anonymous  
Last month

remember people this was D2.0s last prediction from a couple of weeks ago talking about the boomers -

"We won't make it out of the group stages"

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UseTaHoop  
Last month

Complete thread is encapsulated in title:

"Too-early 2019/20 ladder predictions"

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Steven  
Last month

Wildcats are a lock for playoffs.

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paul  
Last month

Way too early, I haven't watched a single practice game yet! But anyway, here's mine with heavy bias to what happened last season:

United
Perth
Brisbane
Sydney

Adelaide
SE Melbourne
New Zealand
Illawarra
Cairns

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Anonymous  
Last month

Has anyone seen nz roster? Can't believe peeps havin em near the bottom.



Tall blacks
Webster, Delaney, Abercrombie, Loe

Imports
Henry, Obekpa, Hopson, 3 top quality imports

NS
Hampton, a potential top 5 nba pick.

Majok, one of the best Cs int the asia region.

Weeks who probably had his best year last season.

Likely the best DP in the league in Liu

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Anonymous  
Last month

Nothing you have put there convinces me they'll be good.

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Zodiac  
Last month

Has anyone seen nz roster?


I have it's a crap roster.

Imports first Hopson was playing in Israel a mid-level comp, Henry is an undersized SG playing in Turkey which isn't the standard it one was Obekpa was playing in Lebanon which would be SEABL level if that.

Locals Webster played like a chump last season he's barely deserves to start, Abercrombie is too old to even be an inconsistent contributor anymore, Delany is an okay athletic prospect but is a year or two away from being a serious contributor and Loe is a decent big but doesn't like the rough stuff like rebounding and playing defence. Ater Majok isn't even worth mentioning, he was only okay when he last played in the NBL almost 10 years ago and has been playing in Lebanon for years now.

Hampton is the great unknown but being a kid fresh out of high school never having played against pro men before you can't genuinely rely on him yet he will be their starting PG. If Webster departs or checks out mentally again a lot will rest on Hampton's shoulders.

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LV  
Last month

Very early, so many questions

Any team with Casper and Bogut will be right up there. As will Gleeson's Cats. As will United.

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Zodiac  
Last month

I think Bogut might fall away a fair bit this season.

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D2.0  
Last month

ROFL

I sometimes think the funniest thing about anonytrolls is that they really don't realise just how ridiculous they are.

Criticising predictions when they are too scared to make their own, which is laughable because they don't even put a name to their post.

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Steven  
Last month

Dazz you're stooping lower than the anons you're criticizing.

There are many posters (myself included) who think you are ridiculous.


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LV  
Last month

[I think Bogut might fall away a fair bit this season.]

He could fall away a fair bit and still be in the top 2 or 3 bigs in the NBL.

His biggest concern is keeping his body in good enough nick to actually allow him to play, imo.

Changing topic, watching Melo ball highlights, the kid can play. Blanchfield is coming off a career year. Much depends on Boone but, Illawarra could surprise.

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Senator11  
Last month

1. Perth
2. Melbourne
3. Kings
4. Hawks

5. Bullets
6. SEM
7. Breakers
8. 36ers
9. Taipans

United I think are the best team on paper, but I think it will take a little bit for them to gel so will lose some early games. Caspar is a huge add for Kings. Hawks like plenty have said is the real dark horse, Brooks is no joke and I'd be leaning towards him as the MVP of the league if he's anything close to his best.

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D2.0  
Last month

"Has anyone seen nz roster? Can't believe peeps havin em near the bottom."

They're in that bunch of teams with new players and a new coach.
Assuming Weaver isn't somehow worse than Gaze, then I think we have 3 very strong teams.
But any of Hawks, SEM, NZ, or even Brissy could really surprise and not just make the 4 but challenge the top 3.

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