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Round 3 – Tuesday Trader #nbldreamteam


Tuesday Trader

This week seems like a bit of a cross roads in trading. You could go the long-term pathway – that is trade in players from Perth Wildcats and Adelaide 36ers. Or you could take the short-term path of trading in United, Kings or  Taipan players.

Long Term Path

The Wildcats players haven’t moved in price given their two singles to start the year. This means that if they began with a bit of value they still hold it. A player like Jermaine Beal ($103,400) is a perfect example of this. His early season form has been part of the reason the Wildcats have started with a 2-0 record. It seems that with Damian Martin sitting on the sidelines Beal has become the top dog. With Martin expected to make his return from a calf injury sustained in the preseason – is it likely we can trust Jermaine to continue his good form?

I personally can’t trust him after what he delivered last season and I’ll be looking elsewhere for value.

Matt Knight ($137,500) becomes a huge target given his fitness and his consistency. It’s thought that he is as fit as he’s ever been. His flexibility between Centre and Forward is also another plus. If you are looking for a forward this week he should be right close to the top of your list.


The only other player from Perth I would consider is Casey Prather ($116,700). His G/F flexibility will be very helpful when trading, and Perth will give him plenty of minutes. In my opinion, it’s a matter of if not when he finds his feet at this level.

As for the 36ers it seems Adam Gibson ($143,900) has started the year well averaging 38ppg. We all know that when in beast mode he has the ability to put up some huge scores. There is no doubt the form of McNeail would have had a positive impact on his scores – it remains to be seen what the incoming Randle will do to the rotations.

Big man Daniel Johnson ($135,700) is another who looks set for a big season. He’s very reliable on the offensive end – and seems to have added a bit of hunger on the defensive end. Still under-priced given what he can offer and with 4 doubles in the next five weeks he should be in your team.   Outside of these two I’m not really considering any of the other Adelaide players.

I will likely hold Matt Hodgson ($58,200) given their upcoming draw.

Short Term Glory 

The Cairns Taipans have two doubles over the next two weeks – If you are looking for a unique player Cam Gliddon ($117,800) might be the one. There is no doubt the captain is the player Cairns turn to, and his confidence after his 4th quarter performance will be sky high. He is a guy who could go big over the next two weeks.

Melbourne United and Sydney Kings have three straight doubles and that makes them a quality short-term focus.

Melbourne have stars all over the team and picking the right one could go a long way to bridging the gap with the leaders.

Todd Blanchfield ($152,800) is the highest priced of the big guns. I think he’s priced himself out of the market at that price despite having the highest average.

Import Hakim Warrick ($147,500) has been a picture of consistency to start the year, and as his court time rises – expect his scores to go along with them.

Chris Goulding ($130,700) is your guy if you want to live or die by a shooting percentage – He’s the typical could go massive, but also could give you nothing.

Stephen Holt ($114,800) is still yet to show us the Blitz form that gave him the Ray Borner Medal. Expect him to increase his output in the next few.

I think Warrick is the pick of the bunch given his consistency.

Sydney Kings will welcome back Josh Childress at some stage this week – you’d imagine he would have a big impact on the scores of Khazzouh and Cadee.

Right now I am sitting back and watching the impact from afar. It will be a ballsy move to pick up Childress and make him captain – one that could pay off handsomely, especially if he affects the score of popular captain choice Khazzouh.


My top trade in targets:

  1. Hakim Warrick
  2. Matt Knight
  3. Cameron Gliddon




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