Last year The Perth Wildcats and Melbourne United were clearly the two best teams.
This year the gap has narrowed significantly. The other two playoff teams, Brisbane and Sydney mostly not improving. Two non playoff teams landed major free agent acquisitions vaulting them into the playoff conversation.
The Illawarra Hawks signed Lamelo Ball and young potential NBA superstar RJ Hampton joined the New Zealand Breakers. Former NBA player Lamar Patterson returns for Brisbane allowing them to stay in the playoff conversation.
Bryce Cotton leads defending NBL champion Perth as we enter a new season. With as many as 7 teams in the hunt for 4 playoff spots should be an excited year.
In August the NBL or National Basketball League begins exhibition games with several NBA teams.
Perth or Melbourne United could win it all but our dark horse to watch is the New Zealand Breakers. Looking forward to an exciting year.