1. What do we make of the strength of each conference? The reshuffling of the conferences is interesting and if you’ve landed in the East then you’ve grabbed the early advantage. The first fact is that the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence team are in the East and are not eligible for the playoffs. The second key note is that both Grand Finalists from 2015 are in the South Conference, whilst the third obvious thought is that the incoming Melbourne Tigers (who are also in the East) are unlikely to be a title threat in their first season (although they have the talent to be competitive – especially if their Chinese import works out).