Where we left off: JDA Dijon
DIJON (France) - You know the 2019-20 Basketball Champions League season resumes on September 16 but it's been so long since play was suspended that you can barely remember pre-hiatus events in the competition? Don't worry, we got you covered!
JDA Dijon take on Nizhny Novgorod in Game 3 of their Round of 16 series on Wednesday, with the winner securing a place in the Athens Final Eight - here's everything you need to refresh your memory on how the French team got to this point:
What Did Dijon's Play Look Like Before the Hiatus?
- One of Dijon's trademark features was their remarkable ability to share the wealth as six players averaged double digits in scoring, albeit it's true that the pace of offense was largely dictated by David Holston's performance on a given night.
- The American point guard averaged 11.8 points and 7 assists per game while Rasheed Sulaimon led the team in scoring with 13.4 points on 47 percent three-point shooting.
- Dijon's democratic approach to scoring is also reflected in the sheer volume of assisted baskets they scored, as their assist ratio was 19.9, the fourth-highest in the league.
- That approach however didn't work as well when it came to rebounding, as no single player averaged at least 5 boards per game. That resulted in the French team being at the bottom of the league (all 32 teams) with just 30.1 points per game on average, while they also had by far the lowest offensive rebounding rate, at just 23 percent.
- Dijon's effective field goal percentage of 55.6 percent was excellent, the fourth-highest among the 16 teams that made the Play-Offs, albeit their offensive rating of 109.4 points per 100 possessions was the 9th highest among the same batch of teams. It's worth specifying that these figures don't include team stats in the Round of 16.
What Had Dijon Achieved Up Until March?
*Dijon won the French Leaders Cup in February after beating ASVEL 77-69 in the Final, with Rasheed Sulaimon earning MVP honors.
Dijon finished in second place in Group D on a 9-5 record, after leading the group for big part of the season. Their widest victories were a 33-point success in Istanbul, 98-65, over Besiktas and an 88-47 win again over the Turkish team, in the reverse fixture in France. Their worse loss came at the hands of eventual group winners Casademont Zaragoza, 105-73 at home.
Round of 16
Dijon won 88-73 in Game 1 against Nizhny as they enjoyed a remarkable shooting night, going 27 for 38 (71 percent) from two-point range with David Holston's 21 points and 6 assists leading the way. The French team fell 88-79 in Game 2 despite an 18-point effort from Richard Solomon, as they were out-rebounded 36 to 20.
What Will Stay the Same? What's New?
Dijon's style of play is not expected to undergo significant changes this season, as head coach Laurent Legname's tenure is entering its sixth year the point guard tandem of Holston and Julien remains unchanged. Big man Alexandre Chassang, who was a focal point in the paint last season, is also back for a third campaign at the club.
The departure of key pieces such as Rasheed Sulaimon, Richard Solomon and Lamont Ulmer will of course be noted, especially at the start of the season, but Dijon expect newly-arrived Hans Vanwijn and Chase Simon to be worthy replacements.