Sharks forward Colin Sing believes a productive pre-season has given his team added bite - as they aim to maintain their good start at home to Durham Wildcats tomorrow (7.30pm).
Sheffield have won four league matches and lost just once, to the reigning champions Leicester Riders.
Wildcats meanwhile come into the game following an impressive come-from-behind BBL Cup win over Cheshire Phoenix.
But Sing feels an extended ‘getting to know you’ period has the Sharks in tune with each other.
“The positive start we’ve had has come from the long pre-season,” he said. “This year has been by far the longest pre-season the team has had since I’ve been at the club, so I believe the time we’ve had to gel as a team has reflected in our performances.
“As the team has been together for a while now we all know our roles and if we stick to them then we have a good chance of coming out on top.”
This is not to say Sing feels Sharks are the finished article - and he knows they will have to be at their best to beat a determined Durham.
Sing added: “I feel we often rush, which creates turnovers and makes us easier to guard.
“We have to outwork Durham on the defensive end of the court, close out to shooters and make sure our defensive rotations are sharp.”
Meanwhile captain Mike Tuck has welcomed the return of BJ Holmes, who will make his first appearance of the season tomorrow.
Tuck said: “I’m definitely pleased to see BJ back at the Sharks. He’s an experienced guard who knows a lot of our players and the system already from last season.
“What BJ gives us is someone who is a true point guard - someone who can allow the other guys to play their more natural positions.”
The Sharks originally couldn’t agree a deal with Texas-based Holmes and signed Brian Barbour instead.
However, Barbour left Sheffield because of family reasons and so Holmes - who was still available- was brought back in.
Nick Lewis will miss the Wildcats match as he serves a one game suspension for his ejection in the victory Birmingham on October 12.