Stats & Facts Sunday: How to win in EuroMillions Basketball League?
Saturday 29th June 2019

The people at Global Sports Analytics investigated "How to win in the EuroMillions Basketball League?": 

Fast and Furious?

Hubo Limburg United played with the greatest pace (74.31), scoring 83 Points/game with 65 FGA/game; leading the league in all three categories (per 40 minutes)

Key Player: Khadeen Carrington

2nd most shots from 2 (227 attempts and 52.4%) – played aggressively, attacking and pushing the pace per individual possession

Best scorer at 14.1 Points/game, most efficient with 17.1 PER avg

Also 2nd most free throw attempts 114 (3.56 per game) – constantly putting pressure on the defense in transition, pick & roll, isolation


Dangerous from Downtown?

Kangoeroes Basket Mechelen shot 26 threes per game, an entire standard deviation above the league average!

Key Player: Kwan Cheatham-Jr

The team’s best scorer with 13.4 Points/game

Took the most 3s on the team as 6‘10 big stretch player (77-211, 36.5%) while making 2.13/game)

2nd best rebounder (6/game) and best defensive rebounder with 5.3

Protecting the Rock?

Belfius Mons-Hainaut turned the ball over the least, with an impressive per game average of 10, (season total: 397)

Key Player: Chris Jones

Team’s highest assist ratio, to complement being 2nd in both PER and Points/game

Leader in Usage rate at 26.2%, indicating his impact per individual possession


Limburg, Mechelen and Mons approached competition with three unique ways to play, lead by three tremendous individual performances. But, the difference between good and great this season wasn’t related to offense, or styles, but rather, Defense. Team Defense:

•Telenet Giants Antwerp (lead in STL%) and FILOU Oostende (lead in DRB%) suffocating opponents by forcing turnovers and dominating on the glass

•Both finished with the lowest defensive rating, opponent FG%, and points yield per minute (1.7)

•Each team limited assisted field goals per game (13.0/OPP-APG), leading to shortened possessions and ultimately less points surrendered

•The teams accounted for 9 of the “lowest” 10 players by individual defensive rating, which cannot be influenced by a player’s teammate




FILOU Oostende



Telenet Giants Antwerp


Spirou Basket Charleroi


Brussels Basketball


Stella Artois Leuven Bears


Belfius Mons-Hainaut


Hubo Limburg United


Kangoeroes Basket Mechelen


Crelan Okapi Aalst


VOO Liege Basket


League Average



Defensive Rating (DRtg): Points allowed per 100 possessions (lower, the better)

Pace: An estimate of the number of possessions per 40 minutes by a team

Opponent Turnover Percentage (OPP TOV%): Number of turnovers an opponent averages per 100 of their own possessions

Usage Rate: The percentage of team plays used by a player while he was on the floor

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