LNB Betclic Elite returns: Why you need to watch French Basketball in 2022

🎯 It’s been a shaky PL start in defense for TAA, but in passing he ranks:

🔺 1st – passes through the back line (97)
🔺 3rd – passes into final third (184)
🔺 5th – passes leading to shot (20)
🔺 7th – pressured passes

Is Southgate right not to include him for #ENGGER?

#LFC

Overall, the #Packers rank just 18th for yards gained per pass completion, and Rodgers has 4 throw aways. Brady is 8-34 on +10 yard attempts, and 3-11 on +20 yard attempts for #Buccaneers.

Whether it’s Brady’s O-Line, or Rodgers’ receivers; these QBs have trust issues right now.

2

Tua ➡️ Tyreek

This deep middle 48-yard TD pass brought the #Dolphins within one score of the Ravens in Week 2. It’s currently the 2nd-most improbable completion (20.7% chance) so far in the #NFL.

🐬🐆

#BUFvsMIA | #FinsUp

Miami Dolphins @MiamiDolphins

Another 👀 at @cheetah’s first TD as a 🐬!

📺: Watch #MIAvsBAL on @NFLonCBS

#MiamiDolphins and #BuffaloBills both currently average 6.7 yards per play, tied (also with the Eagles and Chiefs) for 2nd in the #NFL after Week 2.

Buffalo just edges Miami in 1st downs (46-45) and drive-scoring rate (52.4%-47.4%).

Expect a high-scoring game. ⚡️

#BUFvsMIA

2

📉 The #Bengals rank 31st in yards per play (4.3) in the #NFL after two weeks. They dropped 10 spots in our Power Rankings.

Burrow may have been sacked 13 times so far, but the #Jets rank 28th for QB pressures (12). Bounce back for the Bengals?

#CINvsNYJ
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/the-playbook-nfl-power-rankings-2022/

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On Friday night the LNB Betclic Elite – the top-flight division of basketball in France – returns after a brief break over the festive period. In its 100th year, the LNB has grown into one of the most-watched basketball leagues in Europe. With 14 rounds played so far, the stories are already being set and the jostling for the playoff positions is well underway. We take you through the current picture and some of the league’s standout performers to keep your eye on in 2022.

But first, a word on the All-Star Game…

As is customary during the festive break, basketball fans were treated to a spectacle of skill and competitiveness between the league’s best players on December 29th in the 35th annual All-Star game at the Accor Arena in Paris. 

The All-Star game pits an assembly of French players against a ‘World’ selection, all from players within the league. The event was a sell-out, and included a dunk challenge and a skills challenge.

Will CUMMINGS of All Star Monde 2021 and Terry TARPEY of All Star France 2021 during the All Star Game match at Palais Omnisports de Bercy on December 29, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Hugo Pfeiffer/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

It is a hotly-contested affair and this occasion was no different. In the end, All-Star Monde edged All-Star France by 111-110 in overtime. It looked as if the French team might steal a very late victory, but some heroic defending by the World defense managed to win a crucial rebound with just three seconds remaining.

Dunkirk’s Brandon Taylor (22 points, four rebounds) won the All-Star MVP award.

The current leaders: Can anyone stop Boulogne-Levallois?

Metropolitans 92, or Boulogne-Levallois, are currently sat at the top of the LNB and demonstrated all the hallmarks of an unstoppable machine before the Christmas break.

Since their opening day defeat to Le Mans, Metropolitans have won every single LNB game – that’s 12 in a row. Their form has been nothing short of remarkable and, whilst they sit just sixth in Group A of the Eurocup, the veteran Vincent Collet brings incredible experience that they hope can carry them through to late-stage playoff run. Collet has been the head coach of the French National team since 2009 and guided the team to a Silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Vincent Collet, head coach of the French basketball team, on the sideline during the France V USA basketball final for men at the Saitama Super Arena during the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Collet has built a team that is well-rounded and strong on defense and offense. His Metropolitans currently average 88.4 points per game in scoring and just 71.5 average points per game conceded, as well as an impressive 33.1 total rebounds per game. 

What is arguably most impressive is that Metropolitans are not being carried necessarily on the shoulders of any one player. Collet has built a side that is capable of finding contributions from different sources. In fact, they have seven players that are currently averaging at least nine points per game. Whilst the standout performer is Will Cummings (14.5 points per game), the spread of contributions is a sign of a sustainable team effort that can last until beyond the playoffs.

Players to watch: Who will continue to impress in 2022? 

If Pau-Lacq-Orthez are to maintain their fourth-placed playoff spot and reasonably strong form, it will be largely down to the talent of Brandon Jefferson. The Point Guard and former MVP of the LNB Pro B league has posted impressive scores so far this season. He currently averages 18.5 points per game, with an 88.7% free-throw accuracy and 62.2% two-point field goal accuracy. He will be key to keeping his side in the playoff balance when it gets to crunch time.

Looking at Orleans’ form, you wouldn’t think that Youssou Ndoye would be an MVP candidate for this season, which is worrying for Orleans, who sit 13th. Ndoye averages 18.1 points per game so far, as well as 8.4 rebounds per game – the highest joint tally in the LNB.

Youssou NDOYE of Orleans during the Betclic Elite match between Orleans and Limoges on December 10, 2021 in Orleans, France. (Photo by Franco Arland/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Another player to watch is the returning Axel Toupane, who recently announced he would be returning to France to join up with Paris. Toupane can play as a small forward or shooting guard and recently won an NBA Championship with the Milwaukee Bucks. It will be interesting to see how he settles into a Paris side that have really struggled to find consistency so far and who are currently sitting in 15th place.

Where to start this weekend?

The best place to start is always the beginning, and the first game of 2022 takes place tomorrow night at 7.30GMT, between Dijon and Le Mans. Dijon are 9th, looking to maintain speed with the playoff places and avoid the chasing pack. Le Mans, on the other hand, are sitting comfortably in 5th, looking to grab their 10th win of the season. 

Elsewhere, the challengers to Metropolitans 92 are also in action. Second-placed Monaco host Le Portel whilst third-placed Strasbourg play away to Chalons-Reims. Both of their opponents are languishing at the bottom of the table, so these games will be a good indicator as to whether the break was a good or bad thing for teams looking to make a winning start to 2022.

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🎯 It’s been a shaky PL start in defense for TAA, but in passing he ranks:

🔺 1st – passes through the back line (97)
🔺 3rd – passes into final third (184)
🔺 5th – passes leading to shot (20)
🔺 7th – pressured passes

Is Southgate right not to include him for #ENGGER?

#LFC

Overall, the #Packers rank just 18th for yards gained per pass completion, and Rodgers has 4 throw aways. Brady is 8-34 on +10 yard attempts, and 3-11 on +20 yard attempts for #Buccaneers.

Whether it’s Brady’s O-Line, or Rodgers’ receivers; these QBs have trust issues right now.

2

Tua ➡️ Tyreek

This deep middle 48-yard TD pass brought the #Dolphins within one score of the Ravens in Week 2. It’s currently the 2nd-most improbable completion (20.7% chance) so far in the #NFL.

🐬🐆

#BUFvsMIA | #FinsUp

Miami Dolphins @MiamiDolphins

Another 👀 at @cheetah’s first TD as a 🐬!

📺: Watch #MIAvsBAL on @NFLonCBS

#MiamiDolphins and #BuffaloBills both currently average 6.7 yards per play, tied (also with the Eagles and Chiefs) for 2nd in the #NFL after Week 2.

Buffalo just edges Miami in 1st downs (46-45) and drive-scoring rate (52.4%-47.4%).

Expect a high-scoring game. ⚡️

#BUFvsMIA

2

📉 The #Bengals rank 31st in yards per play (4.3) in the #NFL after two weeks. They dropped 10 spots in our Power Rankings.

Burrow may have been sacked 13 times so far, but the #Jets rank 28th for QB pressures (12). Bounce back for the Bengals?

#CINvsNYJ
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/the-playbook-nfl-power-rankings-2022/

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