NBL Power Rankings

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The Three in the Key Podcast's NBL Power Rankings have dropped for Round 3, with the 36ers climbing up the ranks after two straight wins and the depleted Kings falling after their loss to the Hawks.

The Three in the Key Podcast’s NBL Power Rankings have dropped for Round 3, with the 36ers climbing up the ranks after two straight wins and the depleted Kings falling after their loss to the Hawks.

These NBL Power Rankings are predicated on current form and short-term expectations for the squad. They aren’t a prediction of where teams will finish the season on the ladder, but rather an expectation on how they will perform in their upcoming games with consideration given to injuries and form.

This is the Three in the Key Podcast’s NBL Power Rankings ahead of Round 3 of the 2021/22 season.

1. Illawarra Hawks

Record: 2-0

The Hawks proved their championship credentials early on with an impressive team-effort to defeat local rivals the Kings.

The pre-season favourites to win it all in the NBL have lived up to their hype and have given their fans many reasons to be excited.

Celebrating coach Brian Goorjian’s 800th game in the NBL with an impressive win in Round 2, the Hawks will be full of confidence going into Round 3 with games against the Breakers and 36ers.

2. South East Melbourne Phoenix

Record: 3-0

The Phoenix remain undefeated after two wins in Round 2 including a blockbuster game in the Melbourne Throwdown.

Mitch Creek’s posterising dunk over Matthew Dellavedova highlighted the Pheonix’s red-hot start to the season, leading to a 94-86 over cross-town rivals Melbourne United.

South East Melbourne could arguably be in top place, however the Hawks’ start to the season has slightly trumped the Phoenix’s effort, come this time next week it could easily see the Phoenix in top place.

3. Perth Wildcats

Record: 2-1

The Wildcats walked away from Round 2 with their first loss of the season after a rejuvenated Brisbane Bullets shocked the NBL with a three-point victory over Perth.

The dynamic duo of Bryce Cotton and Vic Law will need to be back at their best in Round 3 in order for the Wildcats to even up the season series with the Bullets and ultimately move further towards the top spot in our power rankings.

With the ever-changing border restrictions in Western Australia, the Wildcats may of played their last games at home for the time-being, with the potential of an extended road trip on the cards, we may see the Wildcats slip up once again in Round 3.

4. Brisbane Bullets

Record: 1-1

The team riding the most confidence in the NBL, the Bullets will look to prove their win over the Wildcats was no fluke.

Brisbane saw out a tough Wildcats’ outfit in Round 2 on the back of an impressive 27 points from Lamar Patterson and an all-around showing from Nathan Sobbey.

The Bullets may struggle to hold onto to this pot for the foreseeable future, however another win against Perth in Round 3 could see them soar even further up the rankings

5. Sydney Kings

Record: 1-1

Despite what has been a solid start to the season, the Kings find themselves in fifth mainly due to their long list of injuries.

With Jaylen Adams set to miss the next couple of rounds, along with R.J Hunter and Dejan Vasiljevic yet to debut, Sydney could be in the for a tough run of form.

Their loss to the Hawks was bitter, however many positive can be taken from it and considering the strength of the Hawks, it’s a loss they shouldn’t take to heart

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6. Adelaide 36ers

Record: 2-2

The team that had it all to lose heading into Round 2, turned their season around in dramatic fashion with two consecutive wins.

Dusty Hannahs clutch three-pointer late on secured a crucial win against the JackJumpers before an impressive win over the Breakers sealed a 2-0 week.

With plenty of improvement required, the 36ers remain a force to be reckoned with and should continue to make noise in Round 3

7. Melbourne United

Record: 0-2

With the absence of Chris Goulding, United struggled to get going and remain winless after a bitter loss to rivals South East Melbourne.

In an intense battle, United seemed to let their emotions get the better of them – as seen in the altercation after Mitch Creek’s dunk.

Melbourne still possess a talented roster and with the comeback of Goulding set for Round 3, United are expected to get their season on track.

8. New Zealand Breakers

Record: 0-3

The Breakers by record are bottom of the ladder, however many believe their luck may begin to fall their way starting in Round 3.

With the addition of Chasson Randle, the Breakers are no push-overs and will begin to close in on their opponents with a certified scorer.

Remaining on the road and with the loss of Peyton Siva, New Zealand could find themselves right down the bottom of our rankings if they don’t manage a win

9. Tasmania JackJumpers

Record: 1-2

After a dream start to the seaosn, the JackJumpers were left heartbroken by Adelaide in the opening game of Round 3.

The main issue for Tasmania seems to be their three-point shooting – shooting 29% and 24% in their respective games in Round 2.

On the heels of a dull loss to the Taipans, Tasmania are in serious risk of falling behind the pack and seeing themselves at the bottom of our rankings in Round 3.

10. Cairns Taipans

Record: 1-1

The Taipans win 69-63 win over Tasmania was an average display and showed NBL fans that they have plenty more to improve on going forward.

With Scott Machado going down with an injury, Cairns could be in for some tough fixtures over the coming weeks.

An offensive adjustment looks bound to happen and will be necessary if they are to start getting any momentum in the NBL

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