Anonymous
Earlier this year

Breakers sign Brandon Ashley

Immediate replacement for Chris Obekpa

https://twitter.com/NZBreakers/status/1178230437577031681

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cosby  
Earlier this year

Very good pick up. Should slip into the 4 spot and ater majok at the 5. Meanwhile the kings will rely on a 6ft 4 jesean tate to gaurd him in the post lol.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Excellent pick up.

Reminds me of when they got Shaun long last year. Personally I thought Long was a poor player (defense) so hopefully Ashley plays solid D.

I thought the breakers looked good at pre season. The most impressive thing I saw was Shamir clearly agitated when Weeks dribbled up and launched a contested 3 early on in the set. Braswell encouraged that nonsense. Weeks is a good player but they need him to distribute.

Hampton, weeks, Henry, Webster
Webster, Henry, weeks
Hopson, Abercrombie, Henry
Ashley, Delaney, Abercrombie
Low, majok, ashley

Plenty of depth. Far more balance.

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AngusH  
Earlier this year

It's definitely a strong looking squad. Ceiling depends on the imports and Webster carrying over his FIBA form. Majok is a real wild card too, based on preseason.

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PyroCross  
Earlier this year

Makes more sense. Rob Loe fits well as a floor-spacing 5, especially with Ashley offering athletic defence with a funky offensive game. Given Delany was the clear weakness on the starting lineup, great to see we've addressed it.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

He looks slow.

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Mystro  
Earlier this year

He may end up being a better fit.

6.9" and a bit more solid than Obekpa with some range.

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Manu Fieldel  
Earlier this year

Why are we jumping to conclusions about Breakers starting five after this announcement? Have NZ said that's how it'll be?

Ashley is an NBL five with the 7'3" wingspan, ability to get on the glass and protect the rim.

Delany would fit even better at four next to Ashley than he would have with Obekpa. That much is intuitive. Delany will now be a scoring threat

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Delany had some big games last year. Towards the end of the season he was out performing Tai Wesley.

I agree he hasnt been much rub so far this season. If his game picks up. Wow.

Also they have lost a terrible defensive presence in Long who basically was so bad at man to man they had to play zone.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Matt Walsh has said Ashley will play center. But I can see him playing a bit of the 4 too. He looks comfortable on the perimeter. I guess it gives the Breakers some offensive versatility whereas Obekpa didn't offer much at all. It'll also be helpful if it takes Delany some time to get his game going again and they can play Ashley at the 4. Hopefully, it doesn't take long. He was a one-man wrecking ball in the fourth quarter against Turkey.

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