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News From Around the National Basketball League

United’s Wesley says Melo will be ‘good match-up for me’

Melbourne United forward Tai Wesley "can't wait" to play against the Oklahoma City Thunder.   The Thunder are set to host United next week in what will be the third game ever played between NBL and NBA teams. The game will be played fresh on the heels of Utah Jazz's comfortable 108-83 win over the NBL's Sydney Kings earlier this week in Salt Lake City.  
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NBL Fantasy Scout: 2017/18 – Round 1

At the time of writing there is just over 24 hours to go now until tip off. Many of you will be looking to put the finishing touches on your fantasy side in the lead up to your season. With this in mind this is a quick guide to week one.   As this is round one it’s a little light on and to get a full...
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Can Melbourne beat Oklahoma City?

Can the Melbourne United do the unthinkable and upstage one of the best teams in the world, the Oklahoma City Thunder?   Short answer: no.   Long answer: there is a chance, but it’s so low that it’s just easier to say no.   That doesn’t mean that the game is not worth playing.  In fact, there are some tangible reasons why Melbourne can make the game much closer than most...
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NBL Fantasy Coach Guide 2017/18

Everything you need to know to build your team ahead of the season.   The season tips off on 5 October when Melbourne United takes on the Adelaide 36ers at the Titanium Security Arena. So, it’s almost time to start your armchair coaching and reach for glory with the Ladbroke’s NBL Fantasy.   It’s bigger and better this season and is gearing up to be a must play...
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The Greatest Seasons In NBL History, as PER the numbers

The NBA's use of advanced metrics is increasing every year and across the globe here in the NBL it's a little slower, but no different.   One of the people helped to NBL teams to do this is Andrew Price, the man behind spatialjam.com. Andrew started out analysing data for Andrej Lemanis during his time with the New Zealand Breakers and now compiles detailed player analytics for multiple...
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The Best Who Never Donned The Green & Gold

Last month the Boomers won the FIBA Asia Cup with a commanding 79-56 victory over Iran to become the first Australian men’s team to win gold at a FIBA tournament.

With gold medals hanging around their necks, the young Australian NBL players who made up the team noted how much the victory meant to them, despite controversy around the standard of tournament play.

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Who is the Most Average Player in the NBL?

Eighty eight contracted players will suit up for NBL teams in the opening round of the 2017/18 season, but there is one player who stands out above the rest to be the most average guy in the league.  He’s neither tall, short, heavy, light, young or old but is the most abnormally normal player in the competition.   He’s neither taller, shorter, heavier, lighter, younger or older...
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NBL Blitz Recap Podcast 2 (feat. CJ Bruton, Mitch Creek, Darryl McDonald & more)

Australia’s best basketballers descended upon the Latrobe Valley this weekend to compete in the NBL Blitz pre-season tournament.   All eight NBL teams played eight games in Traralgon as well as provided clinics and school visits across the region. The Victorian Government has partnered with the NBL to bring the games to the region September 7-9.   The NBL Blitz will culminate with four games played in Melbourne on...
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