It's been an eventful WNBL off-season, with last season's stragglers, Melbourne and Adelaide, bringing in major talent, while last year's semi-finalists also look to be strong.
Stay tuned for comprehensive previews of each team in what promises to be one of the most competitive and closely-run WNBL seasons to date.
Laura Hodges is back for another campaign with the Adelaide Lightning.
Incoming: Abby Bishop, Aimie Clydesdale, Ruth Hamblin, Lauren Nicholson, Natalie Novosel, Vanessa Panousis, Nicole Seekamp,
Outgoing: Anne Hatchard (AFLW), Sam Logic, Anneli Maley (Oregon)
Retained: Chelsea Brook, Sarah Elsworthy, Jessica Good, Laura Hodges, Shannon McKay, Colleen Planeta
Free Agents: Jordan Hunter, Mollie McKendrick, Ieva Nagy
Coach: Murray Wong / Chris Lucas
Notes: A major overhaul from last year’s last-placed team, Adelaide have made major strides forward over the off-season.
Now a member of the Opals, Kelsey Griffin will be back to captain Bendigo (Photo: Syngenta222)
Incoming: Rachel Banham, Betnijah Laney
Outgoing: Blake Dietrick, Kerryn Harrington (AFLW), Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (France)
Retained: Kelsey Griffin, Ashleigh Karaitiana, Heather Oliver, Nadeen Payne, Gabrielle Richards, Ebony Rolph, Ashleigh Spencer, Kara Tessari,
Free Agents: Jane Chalmers, Andrea Wilson
Coach: Simon Pritchard
Notes: Bendigo should benefit from continuity as they have retained much of their 2016/17 core, including the whole second unit. They have also addressed their previous lack of outside shooting with Banham and Laney.
Capitals guard Abbey Wehrung will be back after her best WNBL season yet.
Incoming: Mistie Bass, Natalie Hurst, Jordan Hooper, Rachel Jarry, Ezi Magbegor, Chevannah Paalvast, Maddi Rocci, Lauren Scherf,
Outgoing: Jazmon Gwathmey (Turkey), Lauren Mansfield (Europe), Marianna Tolo (Turkey), Carly Wilson (Retired)
Retained: Keely Froling, Kate Gaze, Abby Wehrung,
Free Agents: Janelle Adams, Maddison Allen, Callie Bourne, Issie Bourne, Alice Coddington, Mikaela Ruef
Coach: Paul Gorriss
Notes: Replacing Tolo and Wilson will be no easy task, but the Caps have brought in WNBA vet Mistie Bass and have retained some intriguing young player. They also get some genuine star power in Hooper and Jarry as well as Scherf, who looks to be on the brink of a breakthrough season. The Capitals still have one free import spot.
Tayla Roberts will move from Adelaide to Dandenong.
Incoming: Tessa Lavey, Carley Mijovic, Laia Palau, Rebecca Pizzey, Kayla Pedersen, Tayla Roberts, Kiera Rowe
Outgoing: Chloe Bibby (Mississippi State), Aimie Clydesdale (Adelaide), Jacinta Kennedy (Retired), Ally Mallott (Latvia), Natalie Novosel (Adelaide), Lauren Scherf (Canberra)
Retained: Rachel Antoniadou, Sara Blicavs, Steph Blicavs (nee Cumming), Amelia Todhunter
Free Agents: Rosie Fadljevic, Madeline Puli, Saraid Taylor, Briahna Whatman
Coach: Larissa Anderson
Notes: Dandenong have a new-look team from last year’s runners-up, but again look to be finals bound. Laia Palau, a three-time Olympian for Spain, joins a star-studded backcourt.
Liz Cambage is a huge in for Melbourne (Photo: Tim Collins)
Incoming: Liz Cambage, Chelsea D’Angelo, Courtney Duever, Cassidy Gould, Ash Grant, Peri Kalka, Emma Nankervis, Jenna O’Hea, Louella Tomlinson, Kalani Purcell
Outgoing: Alice Kunek (Perth), Olivia Thompson (Perth)
Retained: Kasey Burton, Bec Cole, Monique Conti, Maddie Garrick, Bec Ott, Brittany Smart
Free Agents: Chante Black, Kelly Bowen, Jess Bygate, Tegan Cunningham, Kalisha Keane, Elyse Penaluna
Coach: Guy Molloy
Notes: Boomers have addressed their lack of frontcourt players in the most emphatic way possible, recruiting Liz Cambage. Jenna O’Hea gives them a top-tier wing, while their overall depth looks to be a level up from last year.
Scoring phenom Sami Whitcomb is set to again be an MVP contender for Perth
Incoming: Alex Ciabattoni, Amanda Dowe, Alice Kunek, Ali Schwagmeyer, Kayla Standish, Olivia Thompson, Courtney Williams
Outgoing: Breanna Butler (Deportivo Zamarat), Ash Grant (Melbourne), Ruth Hamblin (Adelaide), Tessa Lavey (Dandenong), Carley Mijovic (Dandenong)
Retained: Nat Burton, Toni Farnworth (nee Edmonson), Tahlia Fejo, Sami Whitcomb
Free Agents: Kisha Lee, Tenaya Phillips
Coach: Andy Stewart
Notes: Perth still have at least four roster spots for 2017/18, but have retained their key player, Sami Whitcomb, who is currently playing in the WNBA. Coach Andy Stewart has said the team is looking for athletic players who will fit into their uptempo style.
Incoming: Katie-Rae Ebzery, Kimberley Hodge, Emily Matthews, Maddie O'Hehir
Outgoing: Leilani Mitchell (Turkey), Lauren Nicholson (Adelaide)
Retained: Carly Boag, Shanae Graeves, Sara Graham, Jen Hamson, Cassidy McLean, Lara McSpadden, Belinda Snell, Asia Taylor, Tahlia Tupaea, Susi Walmsley, Ally Wilson
Free Agents: Chris Boag, Hayley Moffatt
Coach: Cheryl Chambers
Notes: Most of the championship-winning squad from 2016/17 returns, but replacing basketball genius Leilani Mitchell is easier said than done. Asia Taylor was expected to move overseas, but will now return in a huge get for Sydney. Opals regular Ebzery will likely again be a top ten scorer and focal point of the attack.
Cayla George returns for Townsville, where she was a key player in two championships. (Photo: Bidgee)
Incoming: Zitina Aokuso, Cayla George (nee Francis), Miela Goodchild, Marena Whittle, Sydney Wiese
Outgoing: Natasha Cloud, Kayla Standish (Perth)
Retained: Haylee Andrews, Suzy Batkovic, Michaela Cocks, Darcee Garbin, Mia Murray, Kelly Wilson
Free Agents: Amy Kame, Chevannah Paalvast, Ainsley Walsh, Jacqui Zelenka
Coach: Claudia Brassard
Notes: With the return of George, Townsville have returned to their twin towers frontline who were the two leading scorers in their champion teams of 2014/15 and 2015/16. Sydney Wiese adds shooting, while the team has added some exciting youth in Aokuso, Whittle and Goodchild. The team are currently pursuing a second import.