SuperCoach NBL: Standouts, bolters from pre-season hitouts
Teenage French sensation Alex Sarr stamped himself as a future NBA draft pick and a SuperCoach NBL steal in the Wildcats’ first exhibition game. See full scores and scouting notes.
In front of a stadium packed with NBA scouts, teenage French sensation Alex Sarr has shown off the wild potential and physical gifts that have him touted as an NBA lottery pick in 2024.
Stepping out Thursday morning for the Perth Wildcats against G League Ignite in Las Vegas, the 216cm NBL Next Star showed he has the potential to be a force on both ends of the floor in NBL24.
Just 18, Sarr produced 17 points – including 2-3 from deep – seven rebounds and a gaudy six blocked shots, although the Wildcats fell to Ignite 124-105.
The effort equated to 37 SuperCoach NBL points, placing him firmly on the radar for fantasy coaches at a bargain $115,000 price tag.
On one highlight reel play, Sarr received the ball at the halfway line, dribbled twice as he accelerated to full pace like a gazelle elegantly bounding across the Sahara, and took off from just inside the three-point line to jam it home in an effort not unlike what former NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo produces.
“I was just hoping to be competitive,” Sarr said post game. “I was happy with my performance.
“I wish we’d won the game, but we’ve got another game on Friday (Saturday AEST).
“I just wanted to turn pro and the NBL and Perth Wildcats seemed like the best move for me, and I think I made the right decision.”
The effort underlined why Sarr is the third most popular player in SuperCoach NBL.
New import wing Jordan Usher also caught the eye with his two-way ability, his 22 points coming on an ultra-efficient 9-14 shooting – he forced nothing and played in the flow of the game on his way to 33 SuperCoach points. He looms as a potential POD.
I earmarked Tai Webster as a SuperCoach bargain and his ownership should shoot up from its current 5.1 per cent after his 28 SuperCoach points that came largely on stats outside scoring – six assists, five rebounds, four steals, five points. He should thrive in the Wildcats’ potent offence.
David Okwera is another potential bargain SuperCoaches could consider – depending on where the Wildcats go with their third import – and what his role looks like with Keanu Pinder, who was managed as he continues to recover from a groin injury, in the line-up.
The 21-year-old former Melbourne United big man is one of the best per-minute offensive rebounders in the league – he grabbed four off his own rim on the way to 27 SuperCoach points.
Future Boomer Ben Henshall remains one cheapie who must be considered after his 17 SuperCoach points.
Potential NBA No.1 draft pick Ron Holland was brilliant in his Ignite debut, with 23 points, five rebounds, three steals and a block, his points coming on 9-14 shooting, while fellow highly-rated prospect Matas Buzelis had 16 points.
The Wildcats are in action against Ignite again Saturday (11am AEST, 9am in the west).
South East Melbourne has been dealt a huge injury blow on the eve of the NBL Blitz with star centre Alan Williams set to go under the knife on Monday.
Williams took a knock to his left knee during practice earlier this week and subsequent scans revealed the injury would require surgery.
No timeline has been set for Williams’ return, but it’s understood he faces an extended period on the sidelines and is no certainty to be fit for Phoenix’s season-opening clash with cross-town rival Melbourne United on September 28.
Phoenix fitness staff will learn more about the extent of the injury when the surgery is complete.
I have no idea about basketball, but I have decided to set up a SC team this morning. I like the idea of having to navigate around a fixture with DGRs etc. so could be good warm up for BBL.
I don’t know any players, unless Andrew Gaze still plays! So I will pull a team together based on the more popular owned players. Are there any such players that I should be avoiding because they have injuries or niggles or might be leaving the NBL to play elsewhere, etc?
Happy to be part of any league where people are looking for someone. However, I will most likely be not very good, so I don’t want to drag down leagues already mentioned.
Been sitting on this team for a few days, $111,600 in the bank. In round 1 setup form.
Haven't played NBL Fantasy in the past but I've watched a couple videos and read a few articles to get my head around structure and strategy. Everyone played yesterday except Bannan, and the Wildcats played on Thursday too. All bar Flowers and Hukporti (who still weren't terrible) played really well I thought.
Quick run through:
F1 (Creek) - Creek will be my only premo to start and will be captain in rounds 1,2,4 and 6 when he has a DGR.
F2 (Wiley) - This is a big one for my structure. So the plan is... round 2 he goes to C1 with Sarr and Hukporti on SGRs. Then he is traded in round 3 through DPP to Milton Doyle. Doyle has DGRs in rounds 3 and 5, so he can be captained when Creek doesn't have a DGR. They have a $67k price difference which is why I have left over $111k.
F3 (Bannan) - Good early fixtures and have heard some good things about him.
F4 (Henshall) - Another structure-based decision. Need a cheap GRD/FWD and he's leading the race at the moment with a solid outing yesterday. In round 2 it allows me to move Travers into the FWDs, push Sobey on field, and push Sarr (who is a FWD after the Wiley DPP swing) to the bench. That means I have 4 DGR players plus the best SGR player on field.
C1 (Sarr) - This kid looks insane. Absolute lock.
C2 (Hukporti) - Looking like he'll start and see some good minutes with JLA out. Good fixtures too.
G1 (Travers) - Another lock. Should only get better and has good fixtures.
G2 (Flowers) - I think you have to start him round 1. Hasn't set the world on fire without being terrible so far. But he's reportedly going to start and with good fixtures, I think he's a lock for me.
G3 (Sobey) - Going to be benched round 1 in this setup but will be on field from round 2 onwards. DGR in rounds 2,3,5 and 6 make him appealing. Feels like a pick with not huge upside but little downside too.
G4 (White) - He's been my pick of the cheap guards and yesterday's performance puts him clear by a solid margin for now. Depending on how everything goes, I'm hoping to offload him to Taran Armstrong in round 5.