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Wortho rates Kings roster NBL's best ever

AAP logoAAP 4/11/2016 Adrian Warren

Boomers stalwart Mark Worthington rates the star-studded Sydney team as arguably the best assembled in NBL history, as his Cairns side plots to stop the Kings juggernaut.

Five straight wins, including one at home over Cairns, have propelled the Kings to a 5-1 start and top spot in the nine-team competition.

The Taipans, who have won their last two at home after losing their first three games away, host the Kings on Saturday and play them in Sydney again on Monday..

"It's like a little mini-finals series," Worthington told AAP.

While Sydney won three straight titles under ace coach Brian Goorjian from 2003-to 2005, none of those teams, or arguably any others since the NBL started in 1979, can match the quality of the present Kings squad.

NBA players Steve Blake and Josh Powell were recently added to a roster including reigning league MVP Kevin Lisch, Boomers veteran Brad Newley, exciting US import Greg Whittington, rising star Jason Cadee, accomplished big man Aleks Marics and last season's club MVP Tom Garlepp.

Quality centre Julian Khazzouh, who is slated to return soon from a long-term injury will add even more oomph muscle and star power.

"Their roster is probably the best looking team on paper that you've seen ever in NBL history, I'd argue," said Worthington.

"When you come up against a Sydney team that's stacked as what the Kings are this year it's another opportunity for us to show that we have the ability to overcome anything that's put in our path."

The Taipans are relishing the role of underdog spoiler, especially in Cairns, where they are notoriously hard to beat."

"Sydney are a real confidence team and they are playing with supreme confidence at the moment," Worthington said.

"You're not going to stop a Sydney Kings team completely but hopefully we can disrupt them a little bit to where they feel uncomfortable and really challenge them to beat you individually instead of as a team."

Worthington suggested he may be in the final season of a stellar career. though he will make a final decision later in the campaign.

"I don't have a contract past this year and I have to really sit down and think about it," he said.

"(I'm) probably swaying on the side of this will probably be my last year but it's not concrete yet."

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