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NBL2021 PotW Rd.1: Play that funky music

TYLER Harvey, Josh Giddey, Justin Simon, Yanni Wetzell, Dejan Vasiljevic, Jarell Martin, Yudai Baba, Vic Law, Jock Landale ... there was no shortage of new faces making a strong debut impression on our NBL Player of the Week voting panel.

And of course returning stars such as Chris Goulding, Daniel Johnson, Shea Ili, Sam Froling, Nathan Sobey, Harry Froling, Scott Machado, Casper Ware, Mitch Creek, Isaac Humphries and Majok Deng also all had moments in Round One that were eye-catching.

The five games across the round certainly opened some eyes as to exactly where some of the teams sit, or potentially sit in NBL Season 2021.

But let's not get too carried away, considering the sample size does not yet even include Perth Wildcats or New Zealand Breakers, who experienced a first-round bye.

The Player of the Round at Basketball On The Internet to open the year is one of the most overlooked, under-appreciated offensive forces in league history.

But we see you Daniel Johnson, DJ playing that funky music into his 13th season and carrying Adelaide's offensive load yet again.

It may have been an embarrassing opening round home defeat to United but DJ still went off for 27 of the 36ers' 65 paltry points and achieved it on 7-of-13 shooting, 4-of-4 threes, 9-of-10 free throws.

In the win over the Phoenix, he pumped it up to 33 points on 11-of-14 accuracy, with 10-of-11 free throws draining the bottom of the net.

That's 60 points in two outings, the most points - according to ever-reliable NBL stats source @nblfacts - scored by a player in the opening round of a season since Brisbane import Steve Woodberry had 64 in October of 1998.

Yes. Last century.

In 48-minute games, not 40.

So for Round One, Johnson averaged 30 points per game at 67 per cent (18-of-27), was 5-of-7 from 3-point range, 19-of-21 from the free throw line (that's 90 per cent if you're playing along at home), 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

All of us here agreed it was a very good week's work and awarded him our chocolate donut as the new season's first-round stand-out.

Round 1 Daniel Johnson

Jan 19

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