With seven rounds of the 7DAYS EuroCup complete, several players have separated themselves from the pack in terms of scoring efficiency.
Most Efficient Scorers
The 2018-19 EuroCup season has been the league's most efficient offensive campaign in recent history, according to Synergy Sports Technology, and some of that can be attributed to the exceptional efficiency of some of the league's more prominent offensive players. Last season, 12 players who used 10 or more possession per game scored over 1.10 points per possession. This season, 27 players fit that criteria.
The table above separates the EuroCup's most efficient scorers into two groups; one with a low-usage threshold, to include most of the competition's rotation players; and the other featuring high-usage scorers. In most seasons in most leagues worldwide, there is no overlap between the two, but that is not the case here as Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt power forward Erik Murphy and Unicaja Malaga center Giorgi Shermadini have both performed at a level well beyond what would be expected from players filling such large roles. For reference, the average EuroCup player using 10 or more possessions per game scores 0.98 points per possession. Last season, John Roberson of ASVEL led all high-volume players, averaging 1.22 points per possession.
Despite their shared success, significantly different qualities have made Murphy and Shermadini the most-efficient scorers for the league's sixth- and second-most efficient offensive teams, respectively. On spot-up attempts so far this season, Murphy has shot an absurd 117% effective field goal rate, which accounts for the additional value of three-point shots over two-point shots. The threat of his jump shot has helped him emerge as one of the EuroCup's most productive scorers rolling to the rim after setting picks on the perimeter. The 28-year-old big man has also scored opportunistically inside, too, but not as frequently as Shermadini, who has shot 70% going one-on-one in the post and 80% on all other finishing attempts around the rim. An excellent free throw shooter for his size, as well, the 29-year-old makes up for his limited attempts from beyond the arc relative to Murphy with stellar accuracy from the foul line.
Murphy and Shermadini may hold the top two spots, but the top tier of efficient, high volume EuroCup scorers includes six players early on. Brady Heslip, Niels Giffey and David Jelinek are perhaps the premier jump shooters in the competition so far, as reflected clearly in their places on the list above. Each has his own strengths as a marksman. Giffey has scored at high rates both spotting up and taking catch-and-shoot jumpers in transition for ALBA Berlin. Heslip has been equally efficient scoring perimeter shots in catch-and-shoot situations as he has been on off-the-dribble pull-ups playing alongside Murphy for Skyliners. In his second EuroCup campaign, Jelinek is more than doubling his scoring average from last season with MoraBanc Andorra.
Jamil Wilson takes the final spot in the top six thanks to his terrific accuracy shooting on the move for Fiat Turin. Dwight Hardy of Limoges CSP leads the second tier of high-volume scorers, which comes as no surprise considering that he finished as the EuroCup's third-most efficient scorer last season, when he played for Galatasaray. Three versatile forwards round out the top 10: aside from spacing the floor effectively, Nigel Hayes has done a little bit of everything for Galatasary Instanbul; Rokas Giedraitis has made hustle plays in bunches for ALBA Berlin; and Charles Kahudi has found considerable success posting up smaller wings for LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne.
Players in smaller roles often have greater opportunity to achieve inflated efficiency numbers than their higher-usage counterparts, and that shows now with three players using between 4 and 6 possessions per game eclipsing Erik Murphy's gaudy 1.37 points per possession mark. The first thing that stands out is that this list features three MoraBanc Andorra specialists: sweet shooting John Shurna, plus catch-and-finish threats Moussa Diagne and Oliver Stevic, who finish well on rolls to the rim and cuts while drawing fouls in bunches. Stevic has shot an outrageous 20 for 22 around the rim within his team's half-court offense to lead all EuroCup players in points per possession.
The presence of 18-year-old Deividas Sirvydis is another notable feature of this group. Though he's one of its lower-usage players included, he's been remarkably efficient for a teenager who had seen just 5 minutes of EuroCup action prior to this season. He may not be quite as productive as early-blooming EuroCup stars of the past like Sasha Vujacic, Rudy Fernandez, or, more recently, Dzanan Musa, but he is on pace for the most efficient scoring season for a teenager in league history.
Possessing a bit more variety than one might expect – with do-it-all forward Jarrod Uthoff of Zenit St Petersburg, inside-outside threat Louis Labeyrie of Valencia Basket, and massive center Moustapha Fall all ranking in the top five – the list shows that there are plenty of EuroCup players filling their respective roles at a high level this season.