Welcome back to Corner Stats! As I already mentioned last week, Baskonia, despite the latest injuries, is winning important matches in the fight for a playoffs spot. For the Basque team, it would be an important goal to reach the playoffs again, also because the Final 4 will be played in Vitoria. Let’s analyze the last games of Perasovic’s team.
So far the Baskonia’s season has been not so good: many people expected a more solid season after the last one, in which the players remained in the summer should have confirmed and consolidated the good basketball shown in the previous one. This happened only partially: it seems now obvious that the Baskonia has suffered more heavily than expected Beaubois’departure; the French player guaranteed dangerousness with his dribbling ability, an ability that the new players cannot guarantee like him. This has led to a longer period in this season to rebuild the game style of the guards; however, this season has also influenced by serious losses due to some injuries such as those of Granger and Shengelia. Since the 16th round, Baskonia is playing without these two talents, absences that weigh (or should weigh) enormously; yet Vitoria’s seasonal ratings are still positive:
Both the Offensive and the Defensive Rating are higher than the league average. However, if we take into account only the rounds from the 16th to the last one, the situation is as follows:
As you can easily see, Baskonia in the last rounds is among the best of EuroLeague, which is not so obvious given the aforementioned injuries. This positive effort can be explained by several factors: the most important are Luca Vildoza‘s final explosion and Voigtmann‘s comeback.
The Argentine guard’s minutes have increased after Granger’s injury from 18 to 26 minutes per game. The player has responded very well: his PER has gone from 15 to 17, thus showing how Luca has increased his global contribution.
Even observing the Argentinian’s Impacts, we can see that his offensive and defensive abilities are more than positive:
With Luca on the court, the Baskonia’s Net Rating is firmly positive, which passes to a negative value while the player is on the bench. Looking at the individual numbers of the last games, the team Net Ratings with Vildoza on the court (excluding the game against the Darussafaka) are always positive, which is not always the case for his teammate, Huertas.
The other factor, as I said before, is Voigtmann.
The big man has finally found again his hand from the 3-point range and his self-confidence that had been partially lost in the first part of the season. Since the 16th round is shooting with a 43% from beyond the arch with about 4 attempts per game. His offensive performance, therefore, has increased from 106 points per 100 possessions to 120, a much more positive value than the previous one.
So even the new arrivals like Shields and Hillard have improved their productions guided by Vildoza, Poirier and the other players of the last season.
Currently, the Baskonia is showing several flashes that recall the past season: Perasovic’s team now has as its main goal to collect as much as possible, given that the last three matches will be very tough: Real, Efes and CSKA. The race for the eighth place between Baskonia, Milan, and Bayern will be so much fun.