The NBL gets underway this weekend and we could not be any more excited.
The NBL went through a couple of rough seasons, but it has come ahead in leaps and bounds in recent years and the 2015/2016 season was a raging success – with every single game televised live.
We are expecting the upcoming season to be the best one yet and there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the upcoming action!
The Bullets Are Back
It has been a long wait for Brisbane basketball fans.
The Bullets have been out of the NBL since 2008, but they make their long awaited return to the competition against the Perth Wildcats in the opening game of the NBL season.
The NBL has not been the same without the presence of a team in one of Australia’s biggest cities and we are delighted to see the triple champions back in action!
Andrew Gaze Is Coaching The Kings
Forget Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova and Ben Simmons – Andrew Gaze is still the biggest name in Australian basketball.
Gaze has not been involved with the NBL since he retired from the Melbourne Tigers at the end of the 2004/2005 season, but the seven-time NBL MVP is the new head coach of the Sydney Kings.
The Kings have struggled badly in recent seasons, but if anybody is capable of turning them around it is Gaze!
Boomers Will Be In Action
The Boomers were one of our most exciting teams during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and a number of members of the squad will be in action during the NBL season.
Chris Goudling (Melbourne United), Cameron Bairstow (Brisbane Bullets), Kevin Lisch (Sydney Kings) and Damian Martin (Perth Wildcats) all saw action for the Boomers during the Olympics, while Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis is in charge of the Bullets.
Boom The Bullets Mascot
Not only are the Bullets back in the NBL, but they have the best mascot in the competition – and possible Australian sport – in the form of Boom.
We haven’t been this excited about a mascot since Coxy the Moonee Valley Racecourse icon!
Ladbrokes Is Live Streaming Every Game
Not only will SBS be showing one NBL game a week live on free-to-air television, but you can ensure that you don’t miss a second of the NBL season thanks to live streaming with Ladbrokes.
Live streams will be available for every single game of the season with Ladbrokes – all you need to do is log into your Ladbrokes account and head to the betting market for the game you wish to view.
Perth Have The Chance To Continue An Incredible Dynasty
They don’t have the same profile as the likes of the Brisbane Broncos or Collingwood Magpies, but it is the Perth Wildcats that have been the most successful sporting franchise in Australia over the past 30 years.
The Wildcats have qualified for the NBL Finals every year since 1987 – an achievement that has not been matched by any team in the major leagues in both Australia and the United States – and they have won the NBL Championship on seven occasions during this period.
There is no doubt that Perth will be in the mix once again this season!
Terrance Ferguson may be the most exciting young player to ever sign with a NBL outfit and his recruitment has been a massive coup for the Adelaide 36ers.
Ferguson is rated as one of the most talented young players in all of basketball and is on track to be selected in the first round of the NBA draft, but he opted to skip college in order to start his professional career in Australia.
The youngster is a genuine excitement machine and he was the star attraction in the Dunk Competition at the Australian Basketball Challenge last month.
Nate Robinson Could Join The Sydney Kings
There has been plenty of speculation that former NBA star Nate Robinson could join the Sydney Kings and that is simply incredibly exciting news.
Robinson was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the 2005 NBA draft and he went on to play for the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers and the New Orleans Pelicans.
He has been inconsistent throughout his NBA career, but his best is nothing short of brilliant and he is a three-time winner of the NBA Slam Dunk contest.
Andrew Voss Will Be Commentating
Vossy is not for everybody, but he is one of our favourite commentators in all of sport.
It has been an absolute delight having Vossy call the NRL on Fox Sports this season and we are thrilled that he will be calling plenty of NBL games throughout the upcoming season.
We Are A Season Closer To The Return Of The South East Melbourne Magic
The return of the Brisbane Bullets is extremely exciting, but we still long for the return of the South East Melbourne Magic.
The South East Melbourne Magic were only in the NBL for eight season, but they were still able to win two Championships during that time – including their very first season – and their marketing campaign was well ahead of its time!
They are up there with the North Sydney Bears, South Queensland Crushers and ACT Comets as the best defunct clubs in Australian sporting history.