Melbourne United fans can breath a sigh of relief after the team confirmed the signing of American David John "D.J." Kennedy. The signing is the final piece of the United roster after they brought back Casper Ware Jr. and Josh Boone for the upcoming season. Kennedy rounds out a solid off season of recruiting for United after they brought in current Boomer Mitch McCarron, former NZ Breaker Alex Pledger and versatile big Daniel Trist.
Whilst we have seen several NBL squads finalised, United have been busy looking to fill their final roster spot after Casey Prather decided to play abroad, leaving United in desperate need to find a wing. Now with a finalised squad Dean Vickerman has the task to bring the team together in 5 short weeks to challenge for back to back NBL Championships.
United are in a position this season where they have arguably added more talent than they have lost, whilst still having the ability to utilise some fantastic back up talent which could continue to grow throughout the season. The likes of Peter Hooley, Craig Moller and Tohi Smith-Milner will have more minutes to play for this season with several Championship winning backups moving on.
Kennedy was last seen playing for Pınar Karşıyaka in the 2017/18 Turkish Basketball Super League and averaged 15.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. He brings a balanced mix of scoring where he has the ability to slash to the hoop and use his unique passing ability to find the open man on the outside.
Melbourne United seem now ready to challenge what is looking like a two horse race towards the NBL Championship for 2018-2019.
Let's take a look at the changes to the Melbourne United roster for the 2018-2019:
Mitch McCarron (Cairns Taipans)
Alex Pledger (NZ Breakers)
Daniel Trist (Ourense Termal - Spain)
David John "D.J." Kennedy (Pınar Karşıyaka - Turkey)
Tai Wesley (NZ Breakers)
Kyle Adnam (Sydney Kings)
Casey Prather (BC Khimki - Russia)
Majok Majok (NZ Breakers)
David Anderson (Illawarra Hawks)
** (Photo: Mark Jordan/CityofBasketballLove)
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