Gaze: Deadly Bullets shooting high
BASKETBALL legend Andrew Gaze says Brisbane has talent to burn and are a legitimate contender for another NBL finals berth.
But the five-time Olympian believes finding the right balance and getting their deep roster to fire consistently will be their biggest challenge.
Ahead of Brisbane's round 3 clash with the 36ers in Adelaide on Saturday, Gaze rated import Lamar Patterson as a "superstar" of the NBL and centre Will Magnay as a breakout talent in the league while gun recruit Nathan Sobey was delivering early for his new club.
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However, Gaze says imports Taylor Braun and EJ Singler are still finding their niche within the Bullets system that was adjusting to having extra guns at the disposal of head coach Andrej Lemanis.
"There's no questioning the depth of talent at Brisbane. They go really, really deep. Patterson is a superstar and Sobey has been outstanding. Throw in (Cam) Gliddon and Jason (Cadee) and that's a hell of a backcourt,'' Gaze said.
"I don't know enough about Braun and Singler just yet but they can play. The only question mark about the team is if they have the right balance to deal with everything that other teams are going to throw at them.
"But they are a very good team that is going to be right in the mix to make the play-offs and once you make them, anything can happen.
"I wouldn't have them as a lock for the top four but they have great talent and are extremely well organised. They are going to get better as they figure out their personnel and their roles.''
Gaze has liked what he has seen from Magnay who had a career-high 13 points to go along with five boards in the loss to South-East Melbourne Phoenix on Sunday after a nine-point, five-rebound, two-steal, one-block outing in the win over Cairns last Friday night.
"The progression that he has made this year has been outstanding. He has made the absolute most of the opportunities he has got. He was super-impressive against the Phoenix,'' he said.
"He looks legitimate and has announced himself. If he holds up and can be like that for the entire season, that is something you have to give Brisbane credit for. He is someone that has emerged that not a lot of people saw coming but it's great when kids kick on.''
Gaze said scoring was not a problem for Brisbane (2-1) but defence and keeping teams off the glass would be a focus with Mika Vukona's gradual return to full fitness to help in those areas.