NBL Dream Team: Round 15 Preview
There were a number of donuts in a big round of double matches making it a painful week for many. Round 15 promises a lot more and could make or break some team’s seasons.
Wrapping Up Round 14
Double match players were the flavour of the week as the top 15 scorers all played two games, led by Mickell Gladness and Thomas Abercrombie who both totalled 86. Popular captains Brian Conklin (82) and Gary Ervin (80) also devivered 80+, along with Tim Coenraad (82). The single match players were led by Jamar Wilson and Tom Jervis who both got 50 and both took full advantage of the extra time that was delivered by their team mates in Adam Gibson and Matthew Knight, who both got 0, although Gibson just had a shocker rather than being injured. After posting a season high 54 last week, Peter Crawford reverted to being barely sighted and had the lowest score of the week with -6.
Round 15 – Trade Targets
Perth is about to play 6 matches over the next 3 weeks so are the perfect trade targets this round. Top of the list is Tom Jervis who will get a lot of extra court time following the news that Matthew Knight is out for 6-8 weeks (which is possibly the rest of the season). Jervis has been delivering solid support all season and will thrive in the primary role. If you have Knight then this is an easy trade that will net you ~$60K spare into the bank account.
Damian Martin seems to be back in form, but has been a bit up and down this season and is priced above his average currently. I still think he’s the best option of the Perth guards despite Jermaine Beal being ~$35K cheaper with almost the same average. DeAndre Daniels is priced about right and should provide relatively consistent points for the next weeks. I wouldn’t consider any Perth players other then those four at this time.
Round 15 – On Court Selections
Double matches are being played by Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney so there are plenty of decisions to be made. Stick with your guns first and foremost, however for your guards after Jordan McRae I’d go with the guys who have recent form, like Jamar Wilson and Damian Martin, over players who’ve been a bit erratic, like Adam Gibson or Jermaine Beal.
Captain choice is probably Josh Childress, although he’s been slightly quieter since recently and is only averaging 37 since returning from his injury. If you’re really up for a gamble then picking Jordan McRae or Mark Worthington as your captain could be an option. I wouldn’t consider anyone else and realistically I’d be sticking with Childress since Sydney play Townsville and Cairns.
Lockout is back to 8:30pm AEDT on Friday so we’ve plenty of time this week, but it’ll be a long round with the last game being between Perth and Melbourne on Wednesday, so be ready for a really short turn-around next week.
As always you can follow the live dream team scores for the games at dtlive.com.au/nbl
- Townsville vs Sydney
- Perth vs Adelaide
- Cairns vs Sydney
- Adelaide vs Wollongong
- NZ vs Melbourne
- Perth vs Melbourne
Coach of the Statismathgicians