Magnay shows momentum for NBL Bullets

Damien Stannard
Will Magnay (l) had another influential game in Brisbane Bullets' NBL win over the Adelaide 36ers

The surest indicator of Brisbane Bullet Will Magnay's upward trajectory is his NBL teammates' understated reactions to his athletic feats.

For when the 21-year-old makes an imposing statement - as he did in the team's 106-104 win against the Adelaide 36ers on Friday - the Bullets shrug as if to say 'yeah, we've seen that before'.

"He's been great all season. We expect it from him now," Bullets import Lamar Patterson said.

"He's just scratching the surface right now. We see stuff in practice that I don't think he's done in games yet.

"As his confidence builds we're going to see more and more of Will being a dominant force out there."

A powerfully built, 208cm power forward or centre, Magnay has the frame and the skills to turn games.

The big Queenslander had 11 points and five rebounds in almost 20 minutes against the 36ers in Brisbane.

It was more the way he did it that should excite Brisbane fans. In one two-minute blitz he shoved a hand skywards to block Harry Froling before sending the crowd into a frenzy with back-to back dunks.

His challenge will be to repeat the effort on Sunday against Melbourne United's Shawn Long.

"I feel like he's a monster for us," Patterson said of Magnay.

"He blocks shots when we have mishaps at the top and he's dunking on people, rebounding, his improvement has been amazing.

"The fact he's younger is an advantage because he's so energetic out there."

Brisbane's Nathan Sobey will carry an ankle problem into the game at Melbourne Arena against United who are riding a five-game winning sequence.

Coach Andrej Lemanis said he expects the point guard will be fit to play despite receiving treatment during the thrilling win against Adelaide.

The 36ers host the New Zealand Breakers on Sunday and will monitor the health of Brendan Teys who copped an accidental head knock from Magnay.