BBL Power Rankings Wk1
Here is our latest update for the BBL Power Ranking based on this week’s games:
1st Leicester Riders (-)
Even though Leicester have not featured in the BBL yet they had a valiant performance in the BCL qualifiers and as such it is hard to see them moving off top spot.
2nd Newcastle Eagles (-)
Although they made hard work of a tough Phoenix team they did show glimmers of the old Eagles and as such maintain their place in 2nd.
3rd London Lions (-)
After Friday’s performance they could have moved into 2nd but their inability to close out the game in Plymouth on Sunday showed a potentially soft underbelly.
4th London City Royals (-)
An away win again Flyers was a good start to life in the BBL but it was less than convincing. Although injuries played a part they will need to develop a team identity to move further up.
5th Bristol Flyers (Up 2)
Strange to see a team lose a game and still make a move up the table. That said they looked impressive on Friday against LCR and if they play like that the teams placed below them will struggle to beat them.
6th Glasgow Rocks (-)
Alarm bells started ringing on Friday in London when they were taken to school to by the Lions but they just about managed to right themselves on Sunday against the Scorchers (even if they did their best to blow a massive lead)
7th Sheffield Sharks (Down 2)
Sharks are season experts at starting the season slowly and picking up the pace as the progress. This was underlined further by Friday’s surprising defeat to Manchester Giants. Not lots to be worried about but plenty to work on.
8th Surrey Scorchers (-)
They will be kicking themselves for letting Glasgow take such a lead on them and then not quite finishing off the amazing come back. They still look good to sneak a playoff spot though.
9th Cheshire Phoenix (-)
They will be happy to leave the first weekend with one win under their belts. They seem to lack some cohesion at the moment but time should fix that problem. Still one of the unknown quantities of the league.
10th Manchester Giants (Up 1)
Giants will be very pleased to get a win early in the season. It will relieve some of that pressure and should spark a rise in home attendances, which always helps performance. The much deeper Manchester roster could make some waves this season.
11th Plymouth Raiders (Up 1)
Coach James will be disappointed not to have got one over on his old club to start the season but that was quickly remedied by the biggest upset of the weekend against Lions. They didn’t look great but the heart and fight they showed on Sunday will win them games.
12th Worcester Wolves (Down 1)
A winning start will rarely see you drop a place but Worcester, in both their games, look less than convincing. They currently resemble a group of individuals rather than a team. That will need changing if they are to move up the table.