BCL Fantasy tips: Greek clubs' leaders on another level
MIES (Switzerland) - Need efficiency points in a hurry? Go for the Greek clubs, as AEK BETSSON BC, Promitheas Patras and Peristeri bwin have some of the most efficient players in all of Europe right now.
The official BCL Fantasy game is in full swing now. Rewards await around the corner in various leagues, public or private, and if you are anything like us, you probably need a desperation trade or investment to salvage your campaign.
Just aim at the southeastern region of the continent when you decide to go all-in.
Greek clubs have three players in the Top 10 in terms of efficiency in this season's Basketball Champions League. After you discount the players whose teams were eliminated in the Regular Season or the Play-Ins, the three Greek team representatives climb to places #5, #6 and #7.
Justin Tillman does his part for AEK every week, as their most consistent player. In just 22.7 minutes per game, Tillman counts to 14.9 points and 17.1 in efficiency, just ahead of the two guards from Peristeri and Promitheas.
Joe Ragland and Anthony Cowan are right behind Tillman, with an average efficiency rating of 16.8 each. Ragland is still hot from the start of the calendar year as he gets 20.5 efficiency points since the start of the Play-Ins.
Cowan has had just one off night all season long, in Game 1 of the Play-Ins against Le Mans Sarthe Basket, when he posted single digits in efficiency rating (9), but then bounced back with 19 on average over the next three games.
But let's not observe these players inside of a BCL bubble. If we take a look at their stats in the Greek league, there are no surprises: Joe Ragland in third in efficiency in Greece, closely followed by Anthony Cowan again, and even Chris Coffey, another Promitheas guard, is in the Top 5.
The level of individual talent on these three rosters is so high, you could pick a couple of players from each team to help you out. Go with Trevor Thompson of Peristeri, or go with Chasson Randle of AEK, and even if you can't get Cowan or Coffey from Promitheas, you could still get the MVP for January in Hunter Hale.
The sample size is now big enough to know this is not a matter of hit or miss. Greek clubs have sorted out their leaders over the past four months and the time is right to make your move with any of them.