Power Rankings

RANK TEAM / RECORD CHANGE COMMENTS
1
Kazan
Kazan
6-2
2
LAST WK: 3

Not going to be the popular pick for top dog, but they look solid and complete. Defense isn’t the best in the league, but it does enough to complement their top ranked offense. Questionable early season loss to Granada is the only blemish, that Amman loss was a tough game against a good team, that’s going to happen. They are a very scary team to go up against - Patrick and your best player will wash, the difference is that the remaining cast (ESPECIALLY Mark) is tremendous.

2
Suba
Suba
7-1
6
LAST WK: 8

Got a Mombasa team looking to bounce back after their first loss of the season and boy did they clamp down and take care of business. Big games from Aytac and O’Neal, Aymen didn’t have his best performance but the hustle and rebounding was enough to get Suba the win.  Pretty tremendously consistent defensive play, holding all opponents to less than 50, the outlier being their only loss.

3
Cordoba
Cordoba
6-2
2
LAST WK: 1

Two losses, both without Luke, both probably wins with him. Should’ve found a way to beat Beirut, but Beirut played with a chip off their shoulder following a hard fought loss to Kazan. With Luke, they could, and should, be 8-0. This team is the real deal.

4
Lahore
Lahore
6-2
--
LAST WK: 4

Probably was in Damascus’ best interest to not show up

5
Jakarta
Jakarta
5-3
1
LAST WK: 6

Muj. It’s that simple.

6
Mombasa
Mombasa
6-2
4
LAST WK: 2

Another tough loss to a terrific team that plays with the same hustle and effort as Mombasa. Daniel had a monster game on the boards, but Suba challenged him down low, causing a poor shooting game. As good as Daniel is, games need to go through Raza - his creativity makes everyone around him so much better.

7
Tehran
Tehran
6-2
--
LAST WK: 7

Ugly, but a win is a win. Made Islamabad look very pedestrian, didn’t allow them to get into any rhythm, and were flat out dominant defensively. They need to get their own offense going, though - being a bottom 5 offensive team will not get you very far.

8
Dhaka
Dhaka
5-3
2
LAST WK: 10

Going to keep saying it, Dhaka looks to be back. Ripped off four straight wins now, got two tough ones left. Expect them to find a way to stay hot going into the post season. They may have came into the season thinking the 4Peat was a sure thing. Maybe a change of mentality is what has brought them back to life after a bad start.

9
Amman
Amman
5-3
4
LAST WK: 5

Not a good performance at all, if it wasn’t for Moayad, the true story of this game would be me evident. Amman got worked on the glass, but no Mana. In hindsight, he probably would’ve been the difference. 

10
Beirut
Beirut
5-3
2
LAST WK: 12

Very solid bounce back win. Found a way to overcome Nick’s absence to defeat a very good Cordoba team. 

11
Islamabad
2
LAST WK: 9

Solid defensive effort, but that signature Islamabad offensive movement and continuity has been MIA. I hope they find it soon, or else this slide may continue.

12
Lagos
Lagos
4-4
1
LAST WK: 13

Took care of business against a weaker opponent. Idris showing what he can do when he has the ball in his hands. Zain continues his high level of play. Always impressive when you win a game with just four guys.

13
Sana'a
Sana'a
3-5
2
LAST WK: 11

What started as a very promising season has quickly gone downhill. Even when they play efficiently, the “Abdul or Steve” dynamic doesn’t seem to be working. They could be a pretty scary duo, but the unwillingness to share the ball allows the defense to focus in on the ball handler.

14
Granada
Granada
2-6
--
LAST WK: 14

Another tough loss. That boy Anwar Ahmed though...

15
Sarajevo
--
LAST WK: 15

Nothing wrong with losing a tough game to Dhaka. Went down early, but played a solid second half to avoid the blowout. 

16
Jeddah
Jeddah
2-6
2
LAST WK: 18

Their full squad is pretty solid. When they all show up, they are no lightweight.

17
Mecca
Mecca
4-4
1
LAST WK: 16

Lucky for them, Baghdad is destined to lose every game by less than 5.

18
Timbuktu
1
LAST WK: 17

Nothing pains me more than seeing a team lose to four guys.

19
Baghdad
Baghdad
0-8
--
LAST WK: 19

32.4% from 3, 100% from L.

20
Damascus
--
LAST WK: 20

Well then.


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