It was another off-season exodus for the Cairns talent factory but coach Adam Forde has assembled another youthful squad with talent to burn. Will it be enough to stay in the finals picture?
Can the Taipans pull off another shock?
Matthew McInerney looks at their NBL24 chances.
Club: CAIRNS TAIPANS
Last season: Semi finals (2-1 loss to Kings), 18-10 (3rd)
Coach: Adam Forde (29-32)
Full roster: Akoldah Gak, Bobi Klintman (Next Star), Bul Kuol, Jonah Antonio, Josh Roberts*, Lachlan Anderson, Lat Mayen, Patrick Miller*, Sam Mennenga, Sam Waardenburg, Tahjere McCall*, Taran Armstrong
Taran Armstrong: Exciting emerging point guard out of Burney, Tasmania, Armstrong is an elite passer of the ball despite his youth. Blessed with great vision, Armstrong is mature, remarkably composed, and out to improve his NBA Draft stock.