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GameDay Squad Basketball: Round 1 Review

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The 2023/24 Basketball Fantasy season is alive with a thrilling, seven-game round in the books. Coaches may still be coming to terms with the intricacies of how to build a successful Basketball GDS outfit, but the mainstream stars of the league didn’t waste any time recording massive scores. Household names like Bryce Cotton, Luke Travers and Mitch Creek were amongst the best performers from Round 1 and getting them into your side is crucial if you want to keep up with the rest of the competition.



Slam dunk – Who was the star of the show?


No one could compete with New Zealand import Parker Jackson-Cartwright to open the season. The Breakers star scored a healthy 25 points to go with 8 assists, although it was the 6 steals he recorded that really bolstered his score. It’s a shame that Kiwi’s NBL side doesn’t have the friendliest fantasy fixture to start the year, but that shouldn’t deter you from trying to get your hands on PJC.


Honourable Mention: Luke Travers, Ariel Hukporti, Bryce Cotton


Air ball - Who misfired this round?


We’re used to seeing Chris Goulding score with consistency in the NBL, with the Melbourne veteran averaging a shade over 14 PPG in his decade-long career in United colours. Outside of scoring the rock, Goulding doesn’t offer a ton of upside in other stat categories which will undoubtedly hamper his GDS scoring ability. He also celebrates his 35th before the end of the month and while we can still expect a strong season from Goulding, he’s hardly the fantasy must-have he was years past.


Honourable Mention: Taran Armstrong, Isaac Humphries, Treyton Flowers



Sub on – Who do we start on the court?


2 games in Round 2 – ADE, BRI, CRN, SEM, SYD, TAS


For me, there’s a clear standout from the squads who have multiple games next round – Phoenix forward Tyler Cook. Joining S.E. Melbourne with 65 games of NBA experience, Cook will only excel for a short period of as fellow big-man Alan Williams works his way back from injury. Still, that doesn’t mean Cook should be ignored with strong scores of 39 and 26 in Round 1 indicating he’s capable of filling up the box score.


Sub off – Who needs a spell on the bench?

1 game in Round 2 – ILL, MEL, NZ, PER


Coaches will be hyped to add Jordan Usher to their mix after the former Georgia Tech star burst onto the scene with a GDS score of 39 on debut. However, his 10-point outing in the final game of the round vs. the Phoenix highlights the loaded roster Perth has at their disposal. It’s possible Usher scores at will in their lone Round 2 clash with Adelaide, but I’m expecting him to continue regressing to the norm and score in the mid-low 20’s.


 


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