Coaching & Analytics – How to look at it

Last week we had a discussion during our weekly core team meeting that brought up the question of how we evaluate coaching and analytics in the same mixture. How can we look at the position of coaching as the decisive decision-making process it really is…

That drew us to share insight based on the Basketball Champions League that has been very successful in this aspect.

Each season so far, teams and coaches that have been a part of the Basketball Champions League (BCL) have gradually been pushed into the limelight. We’ll take the following sequence of honorable mentions, those that are serious contenders to be named as most deserving coach of the season based on certain criteria and how they get their teams to compete and finally our top choice for the coach of the league we think is the best in the BCL.

Our criteria

The way we wanted to approach this piece was determined by how the coaching decisions to place a certain lineup on the court that has led the respective teams to their current W/L situations and in parallel to all this, we also have taken it upon ourselves to look at how team performances have come out too.

Honorable mention:

Burak Gören (Türk Telekom), The team out of Ankara, Turkey; has a long-standing history of solid coaches with a hard nose reputation on creating effective defensive strategies that translate to offense in the process. Coach Gören is one of those coaches that has pulled of a feat that is difficult being able to stay on top of Group A where, Filou Oostende, Baxi Manresa, Dinamo Sassari were among favorites prior to the season to go all the way to the top as well. With just 3 losses under his belt in the BCL if Coach Gören can manage to get his team to commit to playing a higher level defense across more than 3 quarters of the games they play there is no doubt that he could end up being in the top 3 names of for Coach of the Year award.

8th across the league with 3.50 blocked shots per game, 41.6% Opp Contested FG – 4th in the league regular season: for further advanced stats please check here

Video Breakdown of top lineup across last 3 games performance:

Dario Gjergja (Filou Oostende), Coach Gjergja and the staff at Oostende have been on top of their game for the last few seasons and this season with a slim 8/6 record across the first 14 games of the regular season they managed to clinch a playoff spot ending 3rd in Group A right behind Dinamo Sassari. While many see the Belgian team as a surprise we have been seeing a gradual rise of the Euromillions League team and Coach Gjergja is known for his out of the box tactics really has been successful.

5th with points in the paint have scored 39.86 points per game across the league. 4th in rebounds across the league pulling down 35.5 rebounds overall per game across the league: for further advanced stats please check here

Video Breakdown of top lineup across last 3 games performance:

Runner Up:

Oded Kattash (Hapoel Jerusalem) the prime candidate based on the amazing offensive performance he has pulled out of Hapoel this season places Coach Kattash who learnt a thing or two during his playing days, he is one of the point guard characters that has transitioned well into coaching and now runs a smooth ship no question about it. With a 11/3 record across the first 14 games of the season, Jerusalem topped Group B and have been solid across the season.

Scoring 106.37 per 100 poss.s they top the BCL across the league, they also score about 60.8% from the paint, they also have a 84% score rate from the free-throw line, based on positional attacks they have a success rate of 55.2% with 68 points and just 11.1 turnovers per game so far: for further advanced stats please check here

Video Breakdown of top lineup across last 3 games performance:

Top candidate:

Oren Amiel (ERA Nymburk) as a team Nymburk took Coach Amiel’s strategy of gunning for the first spot to heart and that is how they managed to clinch a 12/2 record across the regular season in group C. After success in the Israeli Winners League with both Maccabi and Hapoel, it was high time for him to make impact in the international arena and he really has not disappointed. Taking Nymburk to a very different situation is the least we can say.

While they are 11th in terms of overall scoring across the league 94.10 points per 100 poss.s, they are 2nd overall in +/- with 9 per 100 poss.s. They also are 1st in terms of second-chance points across the league with 10.57 points they also are 1st in terms of rebound across the league with 38.93 per game (12.21 offensive rebounds per game also places them at the 1st spot too): for further advanced stats please check here

Video Breakdown of top lineup across last 3 games performance:


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