Power Rankings

RANK TEAM / RECORD CHANGE COMMENTS
1
Kazan
Kazan
4-1
2
LAST WK: 3

Back on the top after the return of Pat and rightfully so. They defeated a very competitive Bukhara squad and did so in typical Kazan fashion, play defense and give Pat the ball. If I may, Craig needs me more than 8 shots in order for this team to have a shot at repeating. As great as Pat is, taking half of his team’s shots won’t always result in wins. 

2
Tripoli
Tripoli
4-1
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LAST WK: 2

3 guarantees in life, death, taxes and Muj hitting you with a jab step jumper in your grill while you say “how the heck did he hit that?”. Put up 79 without his running mate in Yo Shah, but all good Salmon hitting 8 threes makes up for that. 

3
Granada
Granada
4-1
2
LAST WK: 5

48 % from the field, 41 % from the 3, 49 rebounds and 16 assists as a team is the definition of great team basketball. The only flaw I can really point out are the zero free throw attempts. Grant it, the large lead probably had the refs not wanting to blow the whistle but you never want to live on the perimeter. Again, probably just game script. Monster stat lines from Anas and Zain each recording a 20 and 10 game. In my opinion this team is the best in the league. I just have them 3rdbecause we’ve seen Kazan and Tripoli perform in the playoffs. 

4
Beirut
Beirut
4-1
2
LAST WK: 6

No Mingo no problem. Remember when Nick was struggling? That seems like forever ago. He’s put together back-to-back 20-point games. Beirut has a great chance of finishing the season 8-1 and perhaps atop of the standings.

5
Mombasa
Mombasa
3-2
3
LAST WK: 8

What if I told you, Medina held Raza and Masri to a combined 12 points? Guaranteed win, right? Well, that wasn’t the case this past week. Let me introduce you to Zahir Daftani, who is averaging 23.5 ppg since making his return to MB and has an MBR of over 9,000 (Dragonball Z reference, if you don’t get it, sorry don’t know what to tell ya). Mombasa is built to win shootouts and games just like the one against Medina, low scoring sloppy games. They’re only getting better. 

6
Lahore
Lahore
4-1
5
LAST WK: 1

 

First L of the season and perhaps their only L if they play the way they have been playing for the remainder of the season. I think having Mana would have helped them dearly in this one. They need their big man back if they want to compete. 

7
Bukhara
Bukhara
3-2
3
LAST WK: 4

Lost a nail-biter against arguably the league’ best team right now. Still, this team has no reason for concern. They’ve played a difficult schedule and both losses of be by 2 points each. Cancel and McCain have been balling thus far and once Mustafa gets cooking this team will be one everyone will be trying to avoid.

8
Jakarta
Jakarta
3-2
1
LAST WK: 9

If it wasn’t for Kenny missing two games this team might be 5-0. Has Ed found the fountain of youth?? 30 points on 50% from the field, 40% from 3, perfect from the charity stripe and oh yeah flirted with a triple double??? That’s a lot of 2k points being spent. Kenny Z with 23 and Skyler aka Timofy Mosgov with another double-double. For them to be at number 8 just shows how talented the league is. 

9
Medina
Medina
3-2
2
LAST WK: 7

They shot 30 percent from the field. Shot 22 from the 3 and turned the ball over 18 times. Very very sloppy team performance from a team that had put together 3 wins in a row. We know the type of players Anas and Billal are, but Malik and Jawad need to step it up these next 4 games. Both are capable of much more. I see both of them using this week’s game to get them rolling for the remainder of the season. 

10
Mecca
Mecca
3-2
2
LAST WK: 12

Sneaky good team. One that is flying under the radar and possibly in line to make a deep playoff push depending on where they finish in the standings. They are 2ndin points allowed but in the bottom half in almost every major offensive category. Next 4 games are against championship caliber teams. Hope their offense matches their defense. 

11
Palermo
Palermo
3-2
--
LAST WK: 11

If Musa ain’t cooking, Mazin will gladly start stirring it up. Young boy is averaging 18.3 on close to 45% from the field. On a night where batman didn’t have it going, Robin stepped up to the plate to deliver Gotham City a victory. (Y’all try writing these every week and not sound corny). 

12
Dhaka
Dhaka
3-2
2
LAST WK: 10

Not sure if it was an off night, or they just played to the level of their competition. With tempers flaring, Suba almost took advantage of that and came away with the upset. A very uncharacteristic stat is the 0-14 from a Dhaka squad that has Fahad and Farzad. Nonetheless a win is a win and it’s on to the next one. I expect Mo Amin and Ameer to keep up their stellar play against a very good Mombasa team.

13
Tehran
Tehran
2-3
1
LAST WK: 14

Tehran, T E H RAN, RAN, they RAN all over you guys. Well at least in the first half. Second half just looked ugly. 

14
Riyadh
Riyadh
1-4
1
LAST WK: 13

I expect much more out of them. 

15
Sana'a
Sana'a
1-4
--
LAST WK: 15

Welcome to the win column. Still taking an enormous amount of 30 pointers. Fun fact, they averaged one 3PA per minute. #miked’antoni

16
Delhi
Delhi
0-5
--
LAST WK: 16

Nice to see multiple guys get in on the scoring. Another team that could possibly sneak in a win within the next few weeks. 

17
Lagos
Lagos
0-5
--
LAST WK: 17

The backend of their schedule is scary. Good luck fellas. 

18
Suba
Suba
0-5
--
LAST WK: 18

Wow, almost a MAJOR UPSET. They are itching to get into the win column. Perhaps they won’t be at the bottom for much long. 


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