New Signings Breakdown
The new season is still a little way off. The fixtures list has been released and teams are working hard to recruit and re-sign players and coaches to strengthen their squads before the first tip off. From a fantasy perspective, new signings are a little tricky to predict. Stats from new players previous seasons in various leagues across Europe and America are something of a guideline, although in some cases it is very hard to translate the facts and figures into potential for performances in the BBL. As a result all new signings will be given a YELLOW category for potential medium PIR. This will make some players a real steal and some maybe not. In any case, having a new signing in your squad will be a gamble and although difficult to predict, we will endeavour to do so now!
Back for his second stint at the Raiders, the former fan favourite had impressive stats back in 2014-16, which does perhaps prove he has enough experience in the BBL. His 13 plus points per game and league leading assist rate of 6.5 could mean he has the potential to be a high scoring YELLOW or even a GREEN. He’s also coming off the back of a very impressive season in the QBL in Australia, taking his team to the State Championship Title, and winning finals MVP as well. Definitely a potential steal and consistent points earner.
The Riders confirmed the return of the former fan favourite with great excitement. A solid and steadily productive player, who still only 26, is likely to continue his steady improvement season after season. As a potential replacement for Tyler Bernadini at guard, he is likely to play multiple minutes and has the potential to produce medium to high level YELLOW scoring. Conor is consistent and his time in the competitive Denmark league should see his stats improve this season. On a loaded Riders team, he is well worth the risk in the back court.
The Sharks bring London born Matthew back to the UK to fill a forward slot potentially along side Dirk Williams. Coming in from the Spanish Silver division, with impressive stats, Matthew could easily achieve high end YELLOW stats. Sheffield should once again be pushing for a playoff spot and with Chris Alexander dishing the ball out, expect Matthew to be the recipient of a number of points in and around the paint. He had an average last season on over 11 points per game and over 7 rebounds per game, which would make him a decent addition to any teams front court.
The Giants first big move of the season brings Vlatko to the UK hailing from highly respected Split Croatia. His NCAA career is pretty well documented, after being heavily recruited by NCAA Division 1 Colleges. He ended up in the Italian professional league, where his stats were very impressive. 19 PPG and 13 RPG are numbers not to be ignored! There is nothing to suggest his stats will drop off coming to the BBL, so look for him to be a high scoring YELLOW category player. Could be worth the risk.
The Raiders are bringing the 23 year old versatile forward to the UK straight from college in America. Having average stats at Eastern New Mexico NCAA Division 2, a lesser known college would suggest his first season in the BBL maybe a challenging one. Having said that, the one lasting message coming from his former coaches is that his work ethic and very high basketball IQ could raise his potential fantasy scores for this coming season. He is predicted to be a low end YELLOW high end RED scoring back court/ front court player and would be quite a gamble.
Simply a steal. The Eagles have bought back the two time MVP, potentially to give him the chance at a third MVP run. Rahmon has had several excellent seasons in the BBL and is well aware of how to get things done. He is likely to be a GREEN level scorer and we expect him to have a very high usage rate by fantasy players.
The Flyers are taking a punt on the 22 year old versatile guard/ forward. Justin is incredibly athletic and seems to have all the skills required to succeed in the BBL. He was a big part of Texas Tech, making numerous appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including an Elite 8 finish last season. His stats for Texas Tech were solid, which when translated into the BBL could mean he is a high end YELLOW, low end GREEN level scorer for your fantasy team. It’s less of a gamble taking a player like Justin, as his pedigree and apparent ability should see him score plenty of fantasy points this coming season.
Last season Niem was a teammate of Justin Gray at Texas Tech and was also a big part of their success in the NCAA last season. Statistically Niem was very impressive and will definitely give the Riders a solid guard option. Niem is certain to score consistently at a YELLOW level, but has potential to hit GREEN numbers as well and could be a well worthy risk if added to your fantasy squad.
MIKE McCALL JNR
One of a number of signings by the Giants this summer and potentially the pick of the bunch. Mike’s CV is very impressive starting with an impressive college career for Saint Louis, making three trips to the NCAA Tournament, followed by a season in the G-League for Iowa Energy. The Chicago born guard then headed to Ecuador with an impressive 32 PPG, before heading home to Chicago Steam in the ABA, averaging 19 PPG and 7 APG. His three point average is also pretty good at 40%, but his consistently good steals stats are also impressive. It is clear that Mike has the potential to be a GREEN category scorer and is well worth adding to your FBBL squad.
Food for thought with the BBL season creeping ever so slightly nearer with each passing day. A full list of eligible players will be available soon to help you start to shape your FBBL squad, not to mention, there will still be more signings before the first tip off of 2018-19 season.