Worcester Wolves: How strong is the new pack?
Last Season Finish: 7th
Makem Takem Prediction 2018/19: 8th
Key Player(s): Darell Combs
Likely Starting Five: PG – Combs / SG – Thoseby / SF – Crawford / PF – Kramer / C – Welton
Concerns: They have a roster with no BBL experience, is that a positive or negative?
The tagline ‘New Era’ is bandied about way too often in sports but it is fair to say that this is truly a new chapter for Worcester Wolves. They have not only changed coach, bringing in Ty Shaw, but have also not returned any of their key players from last season.
The signing of note is the arrival of Adam Thoseby for his first ever experience of pro basketball in the UK. He had a good commonwealth games (in what was a very poor showing from England) and will be hoping to build upon that. He is a great
He will joined in the backcourt by Darell Combs. Combs played for three separate teams last season (his first pro season) and that might be a concern. However, his ability to score the ball is not a concern and if he can settle in Worcester his likely to be one of their leading scorers.
The trio Filip Kramer (EU), Quadir Welton (import) and Robert Crawford (import) will make up their frontcourt. Kramer is a mobile big man who, for his size, has a good handle and can drive to the basket with more of an impact than he can when he posts up.
Welton is a traditional American big who is very good at working the low post but his game doesn’t stretch much past that. However, if he can provide Worcester with a dominant interior presence he will be considered a good signing.
Crawford is the final import player and he comes with a good college pedigree but it hasn’t quite been matched with a professional career, yet. He has become more known for his defensive capabilities but his style of game could see his offensive production increase in the BBL.
Although it would be tough to say that Worcester’s starting five are among one of the best in the league they have developed quite a deep bench. They have good frontcourt support from Jordan Whelan and Terrel Martin-Garcia. Whilst Miki Servera will bring a vast amount of experience to provide backup to the backcourt.
The jury is out for Worcester but it is hard to see such a new team improve on last season. It would be sensible to treat them as a new franchise (on-court) so targeting a lower level playoff place would be a good result come April. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see a few roster changes through the season as Coach Shaw looks make his mark in the BBL.