Surrey Scorchers: How hot are they going to get this season?
Last Season Finish: 5th
Makem Takem Prediction 2018/19: 8th
Key Player(s): Quincy Taylor
Likely Starting Five: PG – Taylor / SG – Steel/ SF – Ogedengbe / PF – Atwood / C – Jordan
Concerns: Where is the backup scorer in the backcourt?
By finishing fifth last season Surrey Scorchers surprised pretty much everyone in British basketball (except themselves). They will be hoping to get to the same heights again but with an improving BBL will they make it?
They have returned four players from last year’s roster with Captain Tayo Ogedengbe, big man Jordan Williams, sharpshooting Caylin Raftopoulos and most importantly break out guard Josh Steel resigning. Steel had a huge year and the expectation, this summer, was that he would either make the move to a bigger BBL team or even jumped across to continental Europe for more money. His return is a strong signal to the growing stature of the Scorchers in the BBL.
Another big returnee is Quincy Taylor. Taylor is no stranger to the BBL having first arrived back in 2015 in Cheshire before moving to Surrey for 16/17 season. During that season he averaged 15.8 points and 4.3 assists per game and the expectation is that he will produce something similar this campaign.
Another returnee from that season is Henry Wilkins. Wilkins was tipped to be a break through player during his last stint in Surrey but it never quite happened. He brings a high basketball IQ but will need to become accustomed to the BBL style if he is to impact the Scorchers performance this season.
Willie Atwood and Demarius Beck fill the final two import spots. Both provide a presence in the paint at both ends of the floor. They are similar players who battle hard for boards and finish strong. The starting spot is likely to go to Atwood who has a couple of pro seasons under his belt. With the inclusion of these two guys Scorchers are determined to lock out the paint on the defensive end.
Surrey will have aspirations of moving up the table but there are concerns about the quality of their rotation in the backcourt. Raftopoulos is a great back up point guard but that is where it stops. This could be an issue if Taylor or Steel pick up an injury or hit a slump in form how is the slack going to be picked up. If they can stay healthy for the majority of the season there is no reason why Scorchers can’t repeat their performance of last year but if there is a bump in the road they will quickly drop down the table and will be fighting to make the playoffs.