Which is the most dynamic duo in the BCL?
MIES (Switzerland) - Forget about Jordan and Pippen, Stockton and Malone, or...Batman and Robin, the Basketball Champions League has its very own dynamic duos this season!
Winning is of course the result of team effort but every team has its leaders and, in today's basketball, they are very rarely a single player.
Dynamic usually emerge organically, whether because they develop the kind of chemistry on the court and sets the tone for their team-mates and inspires fans, or because they are the focal points on both or either end of the floor, or simply because they are the best creators and most prolific scorers.
Which one of these BCL dynamic duos below (listed in team alphabetical order) stands out for you?
Keith Langford and Howard Sant-Roos (AEK)
Watching Keith Langford knock down step-back jumpers almost at will, it is difficult to believe that he turned 36 years old in September. The veteran guard is the league's third-leading scorer after the first nine games of the season, averaging 20.2 points per game on 46 percent shooting from the floor, and he has earned a spot on Team of the Week on two occasions.
Upon arriving at AEK this summer, Langford found Sant-Roos, who had already a season with the Athens yellow-blacks under his belt. The versatile Cuban forward who does a bit of everything on the floor has proved to be a perfect partner in crime for Langford, and was named Gameday 9 MVP.
Sant-Roos has more than doubled his scoring output this season, averaging 13.8 points per game compared to 6.8 points in 2018-19, his rebounds average has increased to 6.6 from 4.1 and his assists have gone up to 4.4 per game from 2.8 per game.
Tony Wroten and Ricky Ledo (Anwil Wloclawek)
When Anwil decided to bring in combo guard Wroten and small forward Ledo they probably could not have imagined how fast the two Americans would gel and provide the Polish champions with a one-two punch that could lead them to another successful season.
Wroten is Anwill's leading scorer, and fifth-leading in the league, averaging 19.3 points per game as he scores more points in the paint tha any other guard in the BCL. Ledo meanwhile leads Anwil in assists, with 5.1 per game, to go with his 15.7 points and 6.6 rebounds.
They contribute in different ways, but their efficiency rating is almost identical, 17.3 for Wroten and 17.2 for Ledo. They each have made one appearance on Team of the Week so far this season.
Dyshawn Pierre and Dwayne Evans (Dinamo Sassari)
There are various reasons why Sassari are at the top of the standings in Group A and in second place in the Italian Serie A, but the fantastic way in which their two forwards complement each other could very well be the most important.
Pierre, who is in his second season at the 2019 FIBA Europe Cup winners, has elevated his game this year to that of a clinical clutch player. He is averaging 14.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and an efficiency rating of 16.9 per game. The 26-year-old Canadian earned Gameday 1 MVP honors, while he also made Team of the Week for Gameday 6.
Evans is a little bit bigger, a little bit older and plays a little closer to the basket, but he is more than capable to space the floor when Pierre goes to work in the low post. The 27-year-old American is leading the league in two-point field goal percentage, with an eye-popping 72.3 percent. He is averaging a team-high efficiency rating of 17, on 15.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
James Feldeine and J'Covan Brown (Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem)
Feldeine and Brown are...cheating here because the BCL faithful have been aware of the devastating and demoralizing impact the guard duo has on opponents' defenses since last season, when the two first joined up in Hapoel's backcourt.
It is truly remarkable that Feldeine's offensive output has remained virtually identical - he is averaging 16.2 points on 42.7 percent shooting from the field so far this season, compared to 16.4 points on 42.8 percent shooting last season. The 31-year-old sharpshooter was named Gameday 3 MVP and his efficiency rating has risen slightly compared to the 2018-19 season.
Brown on the other hand has assumed a more prominent role on Hapoel's offense this season. He is averaging 15.1 points per game on 11.9 shot attempts from the floor (44 percent field goal percentage) compared to 9.1 points on 37.8 percent shooting from the field last season, when he was only taking 8.7 shots per game. So yes, his usage rate is higher, but his accuracy has increased so he is scoring more while being more efficient.
Giorgi Shermadini and Marcelinho Huertas (IberostarTenerife)
Tenerife were the first ever BCL champions and they seem almost destined to be a formidable contender in the competition every single year regardless of roster changes, so the bar is quite high for any new player joining the team. Yet two veterans who arrived this offseason immediately formed a partnership so elegant (and so ruthless) that have managed to steal the hearts of even the highly demanding Tenerife fans.
Marcelinho Huertas, the most experienced point guard in this season's BCL, is leading the league in assists with 8.2 per game, to go with his 10.2 points per game. His pick and roll play with Shermadini is truly a work of art and more than one third of the Brazilian point guard's assists are to the Georgian international.
Shermadini, who just like Huertas had a vast track record in the Spanish Liga Endesa, appears to have found the home that suits him the most on the island. The 2.16m (7ft1in) center is averaging 16.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game on 66 percent shooting from two-point range. He is in the league's top-15 players in scoring, efficiency rating and two-point field percentage.
The big man earned a spot on the Gameday 1 Team of the Week, while Huertas achieved the same feat on Gameday 5.
Moustapha Fall and RJ Hunter (Turk Telekom)
Fall had established himself as an elite defensive player already in his first years as a pro in France, but this season he proves he has in the meantime developed into a force to be reckoned with on both ends of the floor at the highest level.
In his debut BCL season, the 2.18m (7ft2in) center has an efficiency rating of 20.4, the highest among all players whose teams have a positive record at this juncture in the season. He is averaging 11.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and an intriguing 3.2 assists per game.
With Fall commanding so much attention inside, Hunter is making the most of the decent looks he gets beyond the arc. The 26-year-old sharpshooter has adapted very well to European hoops, after several years in the NBA and the G League. The former Celtic is averaging 14.6 points per game on 41.5 percent three-point shooting, which is quite remarkable considering he is attempting 7.2 three-pointers per game (second only behind SIG Strasbourg's Gabe York).
Hunter was on Team of the Week for Gameday 3, while Fall made the team on Gameday 8.