Pasadena 72
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NBL1 Central Power Rankings

With a week off for state champs next week and roughly a third of the season completed here's how I have the rankings right now. Interested in others thoughts.

1 - Woodville. Lost on the buzzer round 1 but barely challenged since. 50 point win over Forestville one of the most impressive I have seen in a long time. Whitmore has the right import combo and Humphries is one of the most versatile players in the league. Could this be the year Woodville finally break through for a title after a lot of promise in the Whitmore era.

2 - Forestville. One horrible result to Woodville aside this team has the most talent in the league and looked to put Sturt and Eastern away handily over the weekend. Will have too much size for a lot of teams once they get their chemistry, with DJ, Purchase and Mays a formidable front court and Doyle still the best Australian guard in the league.

3 - North. Undefeated but have had some fortune in their draw and haven’t faced Forestville yet. Imports appear solid but not world beaters going by numbers though they have had good contributions with Rathjen a solid pickup and a couple of young bench players scoring well. Will be interesting to see if they’re still around the mark by the half way point.

4 - Sturt. Lost to North early but seemed to have corrected course before running into a full strength Forestville. Have good balance with Daly and Spear plus Rigoni fitting in nicely. Haygood seems to be getting more comfortable as the weeks go on. Will be around the mark at the business end.

5 - South. Ninnis getting it done most weeks with his veteran savvy and experience. Lost to Woodville on the weekend but were very competitive. Smith and Starling the leagues leading scorers and best import duo still. If they can find more from the local contingent they’ll compete at the end of the season.

6 - Norwood. Some tight losses early but Ray Harding making a push for All Star 5. With their veterans plus solid import combination these guys will push for finals as they do every year. Andrew Webber will be better for the run after a year off and we can expect him to have a huge impact in the second half of the season.

7 - Southern. Had an interrupted start as they rely on u20s more than any other club. Olbrich showed on the weekend why he’s a 36ers DP with a huge game against Centrals and he sure has a bright future with his size and skill. Import combination seem to be finding their feet and with astute coach Hilbig at the helm expect Southern to coke home strong.

8 - West. Coach Maclean with some issues this year, again with only 1 impactful import and 1 who is coming off the bench. Shepard and De Santis keep them in most games but aren’t getting enough from others to win enough at the moment. Surprisingly uncompetitive against North on the weekend, some questions will need to be asked if they’re to turn it around.

9 - Centrals. A couple of narrow losses have them towards the bottom of the ladder but they’re a dangerous team with plenty of guys who can score on a given day. Experienced coach York will get these guys playing the right way and once they’re on the same page could upset some higher seeded teams. Dowdell showing what he can do when allowed to shine.

10 - Eastern. Here for now as they have been winless but Legan finally cleared to play and had 30+ on debut and along with Koop is probably the second best import combo behind South. Koop like Dowdell is showing what he’s capable of when not held back by a system. Expect these guys to be higher on the list next check in.

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Pasadena 72  
Last week

Either I nailed it or no one cares about this league!

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PlaymakerMo  
Last week

It's pretty spot on, with North and Woodville having asterisks on their records.

I've enjoyed the brief write ups. There doesn't seem to be as much interest this year generally though.

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Pasadena 72  
Last week

Is the import group a bit weaker than other years? Only the south guys seem to be putting up numbers.

North and Woodville are interesting. Hard to fault either so far.

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PlaymakerMo  
Last week

Losing an import the caliber of Turnage definitely impacts the league - although in saying that, Norwood lucked into McBride who is extremely serviceable.

A number of imports hadn't played since Covid, and are still finding their feet. Not to mention we've already had the likes of Perkins and Kirksey get cut, and Rios "replaced".

North and Woodville have definitely been good, but they've also had some factors go their way which inflates their record. I think they'll finish 3rd and 5th/6th respectively.

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Pasadena 72  
Last week

Who else would you have in the 5?

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PlaymakerMo  
Last week

South almost certainly in the 5 and around the same standard as North. Norwood might compete for 5th with Woodville.

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Pasadena 72  
Last week

I assume you have Forestville and Sturt top 2? I think North and Woodville could legitimately be better than Sturt.

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Frisbee14  
Last week

Woodville got a good one in Humphries. And in South's situation it shows how bad Petty really was, Starling putting up some monster games.

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Hermann  
Last week

No respect for Bearcats.. slowly building with talented core young but gelling. Eagles look too loaded not not contest the big dance..weaving magic when it matters...shrew old foxy Andy.. cherry ripe when counts.

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Was15  
Last week

What I find interesting is that the comments that South and Eastern have possibly got the two best import groupings but are only ranked 5th and 10th. That begs the question, are imports who put up big numbers to the detriment of the rest of the team the way to go or do you find two good imports who can put up big numbers but embrace the team buy-in philosophy and sacrifice their stats for the betterment of the team.

From my perspective we need to consider how well a team plays as a team rather than be blinded by individual stats. From my perspective Sturt and North best fit that view so in my opinion will always be around the mark.

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The Big Duke  
Last week

Eastern second best import combo.. you're laughing!
Sturt and North have exceeded expectations to start the year, be interesting to see how they go as the season develops.
Johns makes that South team a different unit, hopefully he doesn't miss too many more games.

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Nightwing  
Last week

A competent coach does too. Saturday night without Ninnis was like watching Petty again.

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Esky68  
Last week

eh eastern only has 1 import atm

koop is a local technically and their second import is still not here

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Esky68  
Last week

that being said

not expecting that 2nd import to make them much better than what they are currently

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Interested  
Last week

Koop is officially an import nothing local about him from a league perspective. Ask Rojo he knows that now.

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Hermann  
Last week

Mavs had a second import and cut him for a non in town import.. doesn't sound like something the maveris would do.. pumpingbup new dude if going to be finals bounded... need strong competitive teams in all format to create....

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Sebastian  
Last week

Hey Hermann how are West's doing?

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Hermann  
Last week

West cats are doing better mavs mate.. always a guarantee there... let the season unfold and then you know who the grinders are... won't be mavs..

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Sebastian  
Last week

Haha Mavs... F**k who follows them. I'm just laughing at you clown

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Pasadena 72  
Earlier this week

While the Mavs are on the rise I do t think they're quite the bench mark for Corey.

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