We take a look at who has been hot since the season tipped-off during late September.
Former British Basketball League MVP Jeremy Bell (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders; pictured) is way out in front when it comes to scoring so far this season. He is one of five players currently averaging over 19 points per game. He leads the way with 25.3 whilst a former Raider, Chez Marks (Cheshire Jets) is next best with 21.3 points per game. These two players are followed a little further back by a trio of players in the shape of Orlan Jackman (London Lions), Joe Chapman (Newcastle Eagles) and Colin O’Reilly (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders) who are all averaging a little over 19 points per game.
Zac Gachette (One Health Sharks Sheffield) is the deadliest player in the BBL and in fact, is the only player in the league who is shooting over 70% from the field. He is averaging an excellent 71.4% and there are only another four players managing to get past the 65% landmark. Molten BBL Player Of The Month Colin O’Reilly is the second most accurate player with 69.4% and fighting off competition from Jamell Anderson (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), John Fraley (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders) and Andrew Wedemire (Glasgow Rocks).
Deadly from downtown
You would struggle to get a more unlikely and yet very well-known BBL face leading the three-point shooting percentages, but veteran power-forward Shawn Myers (Cheshire Jets) is number one in the chart after converting 10 of 17 attempts, meaning he has shot 58.8%. That narrowly beats EJ Harrison (Glasgow Rocks) with 55.6% and also Daniel Belgrave (Worcester Wolves) who are the only other two players to shoot better than 50% from long-range since the new campaign tipped-off.
On the line
They say they are the easiest points on offer anywhere on the basketball court, and making the most of their foul shots so far is Kieron Achara (Glasgow Rocks) who is 12 of 13 for the season and the only player to shoot more than 90%. In fact it hasn’t been the greatest of times for free-throw shooting with the high standards of previous seasons not quite matched yet. Just eight players in the league have managed to average more than 80% since stepping out with their respective clubs.
On the glass
It’s a bitter-sweet sensation for John Fraley who has helped his team to their unbeaten start to the season and led the league in rebounds with 12.4 per game, but that joy was replaced by disappointment and frustration when he picked up an injury. He was one of just three players who managed to average double-digits on the glass, narrowly edging out Matt Schneck (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders) from the top of the podium who had 12.3 per game and Kieron Achara who had 10.3 per game.
At the double
Because of the work listed above on the boards, only three players had the possibility of averaging season double-doubles with Fraley, Achara and Schneck all obliging. Fraley was the most impressive performer with 17.4 points and 12.4 rebounds per game.
Dishing it up
Chavis Holmes (Surrey Heat) has had an outstanding start to his career in the BBL, narrowly missing out on the Molten BBL Player Of The Month Award and but having appeared a few times in the BBL Team Of The Week after conjuring up a wonderful 5.5 assists per game. Although perhaps just as impressive and especially because of his reputation of being more of a deadly three-point shooter is the 5.4 assists per game currently being dished up by Joe Chapman (Newcastle Eagles). And, the backcourt at Sport Central is certainly doing a fine job sharing the ball with Damon Huffman (Newcastle Eagles) the only other player in the league averaging more than 5.0 assists per game.
Just as effective as throwing the ball to his team-mates, Chavis Holmes is just as good intercepting the passes of opponents since he also tops our chart for steals with 2.9 per game. Gage Daye (One Health Sharks Sheffield) is averaging 2.4 per game whilst Paul Elderkin (Durham Wildcats) and Martelle McLemore (Surrey Heat) are locked on 2.3 per game.
There’s been a great tradition of athletic shot-blockers doing their high-flying stuff down the years and leading the way so far this season is Alif Bland (Cheshire Jets) with 2.4 blocks per game. Three other players average more than a shot per game and they are Kareem Maddox (Newcastle Eagles), Rudy Etilopy (Mersey Tigers) and Kieron Achara.