BKT EuroCup Power Rankings Vol. 2 – Paris rising

07/Nov/23 13:45 November 7, 2023

Aris Barkas

07/Nov/23 13:45

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Seven teams have already made the maximum six-position jump either forward or backward, proving that you can expect the unexpected in the BKT EuroCup

By Aris Barkas/ barkas@eurohoops.net

With few notable exceptions, everything has changed in the second edition of the BKT EuroCup Power Rankings. Only three teams kept the same position, and while this may seem normal, six have already made the maximum permitted six-position jump – since the initial rankings remain the base, or else we would just follow the standings – and three more have changed their position by five spots.

That’s the nature of the competition, with U-BT Cluj-Napoca, Besiktas Emlakjet Istanbul, Mincidelice JL Bourg en Bresse, and Paris Basketball stealing the show, while Umana Reyer Venice, 7bet-Lietkabelis Panevezys and Turk Telekom Ankara have unexpectedly disappointed so far.

Especially those three teams that have high expectations but just one win so far, they have already dug themselves into a hole and need to react as soon as possible. Meanwhile, we already have three early coaching changes.

20. Slask Wroclaw 0-5 (-)

Slask had a bad start in the season, however, they were competitive against Cluj-Napoca and Ulm, losing by three and five points respectively. Still, they need to do more and the recent coaching change might help.

19. Veolia Towers Hamburg 0-5 (-2)

The situation is already troubling for the Germans. In four of their losses, they conceded more than 100+ points and they are far from being dangerous practically to anyone.

18. Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana 0-5 (-3)

Except for one close game against Joventut Badalona, Cedevita Olimpija once more is underperforming and they must do better. Or they will end up once more being one of the disappointments of the EuroCup.

17. Dolomiti Energia Trento 2-3 (+2)

They already have two wins, while last season in total they had four. The improvement is already considerable and they are, so far, a pleasant surprise in the competition.

16. Aris Midea Thessaloniki 2-3 (-3)

They proved to be contenders for the playoffs, as was expected from them, bringing their unique home-court experience in the EuroCup. On a steady course so far after beating Turk Telekom, but they got pushed back on the rankings, due to the downfall of the next two teams.