NBL1 Central 2021 Power Rankings
The season is just around the corner so I thought I'd jump back in and do some power rankings. Note - these are season power rankings, not necessarily for week 1. I will do some match previews in the lead up to games with the limited knowledge I have, but as always appreciate comments from those who know the league better and their opinions as well.
1 - Forestville
Back to Back champions, have to start at the top here. Mays, Brine and Harris back it seems plus we all know they will add a 36er at some point though Teys signing in Queensland may throw a spanner in the works. Faith in Andy to put a competitive team on the court.
2 - South
LOADED up. With a more proven coach they would be top here. 2 36ers, Starling who is still the best import in the game, a bunch of Tigers championship players and some promising South juniors. Spent up big to get Mudronja and Hulland, now have to live up to expectations.
3 - Woodville
May surprise people to see them up this high but how can you not after their import announcement last week. Massive signing and may be the best player to come into the league in a while. A solid core around him and experienced coach. These guys will challenge.
4 - Norwood
Sad news about Andrew Webber who must now surely hang up the boots. Turnage still the best offensive player in the league and Lycett a proven performer, along with a great coach. They will be at the pointy end.
5 - Southern
Looks as though they have another import in Cameron Coleman to add to Koop McCalop already, these guys will be tough competitors this year with a young core and some really talented kids. Would expect them to keep their finals streak alive this season.
6 - Sturt
Speaking of well drilled, the Sabres won't beat themselves but might just lack for top end talent. Have noticed some signings announced by them recently and good to see Sam Daly back, he will form a great back court with Joel Spear but question marks over their size might hold them back. Rigoni will be in the mix for coach of the year again if he can get them into finals.
7 - West
Hadn't factored them too highly previously but a couple of huge announcements recently with Ernest Ross and Bryan Michaels joining them. On my research both look like they will be elite level players in this competition. Always a well drilled side, will just need 1 or 2 more players to step up to push for finals.
8 - North
Maybe a bit of a slide for these guys under new leadership and seemingly having lost Marshall and Harding. Dowdell is solid and will do well for them and have seen Jimma Dau playing for them over summer but may not have quite as much as the teams above them.
9 - Centrals
Bit of a wildcard Centrals who will have size and length on their side but may be too erratic to consistently challenge the top teams. The kid from WA will put up numbers some games, Maharaj.
10 - Eastern
All quiet out at Eastern, to be honest they could surprise as I haven't heard of them signing any new players, but could be flying under the radar. Picked up one of the best coaches n the league so they will no doubt be more competitive than previous years.