CPL Big Number

Our first big number of the 2019-20 season is 178.

The new CPL Season is upon us. That is right folks, the CPL has kicked off Season 13, which will span 2019 and 2020… and boy do we have some fun in store for all the teams participating in what we hope will be another classic season.

In the first round of games, the CPL saw 178 player take the court along with seven players who came and watched their team compete.

The CPL now has 27 teams in its roster, the most it has ever had.
7 Teams comprise the Premier Division 1.
11 Teams make up the Rock Star Division 2
9 Teams make up the Little Brother Division 3.

We have had nine new teams join the league, whilst 19 teams returned. We have also had a venue change for Division 3, which has been very well received.

So how did the first round go?

Across the three Divisions, there were:
1,038 Points scored
81 Three pointers made
786 Rebounds
251 Assists
209 Steals
41 Blocks
243 Fouls
0 Tech Fouls
3 Unsportsmanlike fouls

Some pretty good looking numbers there.

For the teams that did not make it into the winner’s column in Week 1, just remember you never lost the game, you just ran out of time.

Welcome back CPL Basketball.


Our second big number is 66.

Something that we like to do at the start of a new season is determine which player numbers are getting the run in the League.

Since the dawning of CPL, a grand total of 66 numbers between 00 and 99 have been used by our players. Over 10 years of players playing in the League and yet a third of the numbers have not been used.

So what numbers do players like using?

Number 11 takes the prize for the most worn number, with 160 players in CPL history donning the jersey. Of all the players to have ever stepped on the court for the CPL, six percent of them aspire to be like Detlef Schrempf, Klay Thompson, Dante Exum, or Mike Conley.

The next most popular numbers are:
8 with 159 players (last season’s most popular number by players)
5 with 142 players
9 with 140 players
7 with 133 players

But what are the 36 numbers that have not been used we hear you ask? Well, here they are:

We know that some teams are still ordering their new jerseys, which might see some of these numbers taken off the shunned list. Nevertheless, did no one grow up wanting to be Andrei Kirilenko, Scot Pollard, Lakers Rodman, Shawn Bradley, Baron Davis, or Metta World Peace’s 96 and 93? Time will tell.


The third big number is 46.

Since its inception in August 2017 during the 2017/2018 Season, there have been 51 occurrences of Player of the Month awards across all 3 Divisions.

To date, 46 players have won the Player of the Month glory, with five players winning it two times.

This week we see three more names added to this list of players to take home the monthly honour, and as always we are excited to see if the players taking home the honour are one of the 46 players that have already taken the honours, or if some new blood gets to bask in the grandeur.

So how do you get this most prestigious award?

For a start, play hard and put up some good numbers stat wise. Also, ensuring that your team has a lot of wins in the results column helps a lot. Most importantly – be a good person. There is nothing we like more in the CPL then rewarding good blokes that play hard.


Our fourth big number is 40.5.

The new season has seen a change in the venue for Division 3, which has also allowed for an expansion to nine teams from the previous seven.

However, the big question on our minds; do the new courts mean an increase in scoring?

To answer that question we will reflect on the Big Number this week: 40.5. In the first five rounds of the 2019/2020 Season teams have averaged 40.5 points per game. During the last five rounds of the 2018/2019 Season (Division 3 introduced the shot clock in the last five rounds) teams averaged 33.8 points per game. That means that Division 3 teams are now scoring 6.7 more points a game this season than they were last season.

In the first five rounds of the 2019/2020 Season, 197 points is the highest amount scored by a team, whilst 170 was the highest amount of points scored in the last five rounds of the 2018/2019 Season.

Now those that have played at both venues will tell you which one they like more. One thing we know for sure is that six extra points per game shows that the change in venue has been a handy one for the shooters out there. Shots are going in at a more proficient level that rebounds have actually dropped by one per game; 34.1 Rebounds per team in the 2018/2019 Season, compared to 33.1 Rebounds per team in the 2019/2020 Season.

Therefore, it does appear that the new courts do improve players scoring, so our tip is to listen to JR Smith –

“Worse come to worse… my motto is, ‘When in doubt, shoot the ball.’ So when in doubt, I’m going to shoot it and hopefully that don’t catch nobody off guard.”

Cannot go wrong with intellect like that.


Our fifth big number is 28.

The CPL has a long history of rewarding each division’s best player with the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, which is presented to the standout players of league at each years End of Season Party. To date, in 12 seasons of the CPL’s, the MVP award has been handed out 28 times.

21 Players have won this prestigious award, with seven players winning it twice.

In the 12 CPL seasons that have passed, there has been co-winners of the award two times.

17 different teams have had players win the MVP award, with two teams notching three winners each.

Whilst the vast majority of players strive for the championship trophy, we’re fairly sure some people occasionally chase stats, in an attempt to gain some MVP votes, and thus the esteemed MVP trophy. However, it’s important to remember that regardless of votes, the MVP will only ever be a player from a team that qualified for the playoffs – so stats are nice, but winning games is most important.

If you want to see whom the league leaders are in the MVP race, check out the ‘Race to the MVP’ post on the CPL Home Page. Keeping in mind that the votes become secret after 15 rounds.

One special shout-out to the men and women behind the whistle that put in the hard work for us all every week… you the real MVP.


Our sixth big number is 51.

The 18th of June is remembered for many historical events occurring on this date. To name a few:

  • The Battle of Waterloo (1815)
  • Amelia Earhart becoming the first women to fly across the Atlantic ocean (1928)
  • Mrs Shakuntala Devi mentally calculated two 13-digit numbers in 28 sec (1980)
  • Bryan Adams releases Billboard song of the Year “(Everything I do) I do it for you” (1991) – a personal favourite of ours
  • The Fast and the Furious premiered (2001)
  • King Juan Carlos I of Spain abdicates the Spanish throne to make way for his son Felipe VI (2014)

However, for the CPL the 18th of June will be remembered as the day that Will Mayfield of the Yvng Kings scored a whopping 51 points.

He scored this impressive total with six field goals (12 points), 12 three pointers (36 points), and three free throws (3 points).

The rest of his stats for the night were not terrible either, showing that he contributed more than just points – with 10 rebound, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block. He also managed to come away clean for the night with no fouls. The most important stat for the night is that the Yvng Kings got the win.

For those of you playing at home, 51 points scored in a game is the current CPL record for most points. This mammoth effort topped the previous benchmark of 49 points, set by the Pork Swords Shaun Mills (2018/19 – Round 20). Unfortunately for Will, he was not able to take the most three pointers mantle from the current record holder Shaun Mills, who racked up 14 three pointers made in his 49 point effort.

Whilst Will is no Bryan Adams, his 51 point outing did “Make a Night to Remember”.


The seventh big number is 8,787.

Nope that is not a typo – this week’s big number is 8,787, which is the amount of points scored so far across all three Divisions in the 2019/2020 Season.

Many people often ask us here at the CPL, is there such thing as the start of “start of season hangover”? Well to try and find out, let’s crunch some numbers…

For the month of May, the three Divisions scored the following points:
Division 1 – 1,277
Division 2 – 1,810
Division 3 – 1,300
That is a combined total of 4,387 points.

Now, for in the month of June, the three Divisions scored the following points:
Division 1- 1,332
Division 2 – 1,812
Division 3 – 1,256
That is a combined total of 4,400 points in the month of June.

So, the short answer is no, there is no start of season hangover as far as we can tell. To that one person who was probably just trying to make awkward conversation with us, “you can stop asking now… okay”.

Interestingly Division 3 has had a dip in offensive performance. However, we understand this may be due to one prolific shooter who was recovering from an overseas trip, but I guess we’ll find out more at the end of July.


The eighth big number is 4.

The CPL has had four presidents since its humble beginning. Starting with the Logo Hardy Vargas, the next president was Scott Culpitt, the CPL’s third president was Alex Burnett, and the current and fourth president is our fearless leader Shane Turner.

Between these four presidents, they have racked up some impressive stats.

Combined they have played 909 regular season games in the CPL, and between the presidents, they have won six championships.

Together the presidents have scored a massive 3,837 points, with the top scoring president currently accounting for 1,681 (44%) of them. The presidents have also netted 425 3-pointers, with 401 (94%) of those coming from just one president.

The presidents defensive skills are also a remarkable sight, with a combined 2,804 rebounds, 345 blocks, and 853 steals… with one president seizing 422 (49%) of those steals. There was no short supply of assists either, with a combined 1,269 of them.

Being the president does not exclude you from being a for the odd foul or two. The presidents combined for 1,211 fouls, with one of those presidents leading the way with 501 (43%) of the violations. They also had four technical fouls and four unsportsmanlike fouls called against them.

The one thing the CPL prides itself on is that it is a league for the players, by the players. So each of these presidents have volunteered to leave no player behind in their quest to make Basketball great again. Each president has brought their own approach to the league and each one has given us change we can believe in. Do you think we could slip a few more puns in here? Yes we can! Thank you to all the past presidents and to our current president.


The ninth big number is 1,184.

The CPL is currently in its 13th season. With 13 seasons comes many players, 1,184 of them to be exact.

With these 1,184 players comes a lot of game experience. In total there have been 41,764 games played by those 1,184 individuals.

So let us break the numbers down:

  • 125 players have played more than 100 games.
  • 67 players have played more than 150 games.
  • 37 players have played more than 200 games.
  • Two players have reached the 300 game milestone.
  • Finally, 216 players have only played one game.

The CPL is a unique competition where players can play over 300 games, or turn up for just one game. Here at the CPL we appreciate all the players who have given their all for the game of basketball, but we are particularly fond of seeing players rack up the big numbers.


The tenth big number is 17,587.

Some say that the game of basketball has evolved due to the introduction of the 3-pointer, while others have the opinion that players like Steph Curry has ruined basketball for those that love the grit and grind of the inside game. Whilst the CPL is no NBA or NBL, our league has evolved as the game itself has evolved.

Since the CPL started collecting statistics on 3-pointers (2010/2011 season), there have been 17,587 3-pointers made (not including the current seasons, or Division 3).

During the 2010/2011 season there were 1,238 3-pointers made by the 16 teams, and during this season teams made on average 2.6 threes per game. Fast forward to the 2018/2019 where there were 18 teams in Division 1 and 2, teams were averaging five 3-pointers per game. The growth of the 3-pointer can be seen in the below chart over the season.

This increase of 2.4 threes per game does not seem like a big deal, but there is a noticeable increase for points scored per team per game in the time. In the 2010/2011 season teams were averaging 42.8 points per game, whilst in the 2018/2019 season teams were averaging 61.4 points per game.

The 3-point shot also brings with it some other increases, like missed shots. As we all know, we do not collect data on misses (which some players are quite thankful for), but we can see the rebounds have increased over this period as well. In the 2010/2011 season teams averaged 27 rebounds per game, while the 2018/2019 season saw teams averaging 32.4 rebounds per game.

Some might argue that the evolution of the 3-pointer has ruined the game, but from where we are standing, it has only made the game more fun – so go out there and shoot that shot, and don’t worry if you miss, there will be no record of it anyway.


The eleventh big number is 20,529.

Justine Bieber is dominating the charts, Apple has just released the iPhone 4, The Walking Dead premiers on our television screens, Simon Cowell shocks the world and leaves “American Idol”, and Kobe Bryant reaches 25,000 career points at 31 years old.

That’s right folks… we are going back to 2010. It is a season in review.

In 2010, Hardy Vargas was the CPL President and Dean Brown was the Vice President (his last season on the Committee). The 2010-2011 season was played at the AIS and began on the 11 of May 2010. There were two Divisions, each Division had eight teams, with 197 players in total. The regular season concluded on 1 March 2011.

Here are the teams:
Division 1
Cunning Stunts
Dragons
Hawks
Eagles
Spartans
Wingmen
Beavers
Big Bangs

Division 2
Shenanigans
Shoot the J
Kambah
Hellfish
Spitfires
Hornets
Outlaws
Big Bangs 2

20,529 points were scored during the regular season with 1,238 of those being 3-pointers. The 2010-2011 season brought with it the beginning of the data collection of 3-pointers made in the CPL – a milestone that we greatly appreciate. One player managed to hit 66 3-pointers during the season.

The highest scoring team for the 2010-2011 season managed 1,594, whilst the lowest scoring team earned a respectable 999 points. The highest scoring player managed 561 points during the season.

During the 2010-2011 season there were 12,956 rebounds made, with one team bringing in 992 of those. The player with the most rebounds attained 265.

The season was a season full of love with 4,010 assists made, with one team dropping 366 of them. The most assists by one player was 122.

Despite the aforementioned love, there was no love lost with the 5,588 fouls committed, one team notched up 339 of them. One player also managed to get 82 fouls on the season.

Steals and blocks were a plenty, with 3,929 steals for the season (with one team recording 339 of those), and 1,161 blocks made (115 of those coming from one team). The highest steals and blocks by players were 77 steals and 87 blocks.

In Division 1, the Cunning Stunts took out the championship defeating the Eagles, and in Division 2 Kambah took the championship defeating Shoot the J. Fast-track to 2019 – none of those teams play in the CPL anymore. In fact, only four of the 16 2010-2011 teams still remain in the CPL… however both the MVP’s from that season still play – Michael Ashton was awarded the 2010-2011 Division 1 MVP trophy and Daniel Richardson won the Division 2 award.

A lot can happen in nine years, we cannot wait to see what the next nine look like.


Our twelfth big number is 742.

There is an interesting theory going around that states that a team that gets more blocks, also gets more rebounds. This big number is about testing to see if that theory holds weight here in the CPL.

So far this season there have been 742 blocks recorded across the three divisions. There have also been 12,931 rebounds recorded. That is a 17 to 1 ration of rebounds to blocks.

The team with the most blocks recorded so far has 53; however, they do not have the most rebounds – they rank fourth, with 526. This gives them a 10 to 1 ratio of rebounds to blocks. Interestingly, the team that is coming first in rebounds (581) has a 20 to 1 ration in rebounds to blocks, almost double that of the team that is leading the league in blocks.

So let us put this all into perspective, based on the average rebound to block ratio, for the theory to be correct the team with the highest amount of blocks (53) should have amassed a whopping 901 rebounds. However, their 526 rebounds is about 375 short of proving this theory to be accurate.

If that does not squash your belief in that theory, how about this one – the team with the lowest amount of rebounds recorded was 367 and they had a ratio of 17.5 rebounds to one block. In comparison, the team with the lowest amount of blocks recorded this season at nine had amassed an impressive 465 rebounds, giving them a staggering 51 to 1 rebound to blocks ratio. Therefore, the team with nine blocks recorded 98 more rebounds than the team with 21 blocks this season.

With all that information, we can safely say that that theory is not true. Sorry for the all the math in this one folks.


Our thirteenth big number is 24.

Just how we know that there are 24 hours in the day and there are 24 beers in a case, we know that there are 24 seconds to get your shot up. That is right, this week we are talking the shot clock and its revolution of the scoring it adds to the CPL.

Previously we have written about how the shot clock had increased the amount of scoring across all of the Divisions; however, we thought it might be good to take an in-depth look at the result it had on Division 3, which thanks to a generous donation from Quattro Architecture now has two working shot clocks for their games.

After 16 rounds of the 2018/2019 Division 3 season, 3,305 points had been scored amongst seven teams, which equates to 472 points per team. Compare that to the 2019/2020 season, where there is an average of 564 points per team (5,076 points total after 16 rounds).

What is the difference you ask? Well apart from the obvious 91 points per team swing to the current teams, the big variance is that fine number at the start of this whole thing, 24.

Team’s having 24 seconds to get the shot up has seen the average points per game increase from 29.5 during the non-shot clock 2018/2019 season, to 35.3 in the post shot clock 2019/2020 season. And we all know that more points equals more fun, right?

The CPL very much appreciates the donation by Quattro Architecture of the shot clocks. Without them in Division 3, we would be stuck in the past where scoring was less than ample and getting bulk buckets was a pipe dream.


The fourteenth big number is 64.

No this number is not a reference to the classic console that gave us Golden Eye, Perfect Dark, or even Mario 64.

It is common knowledge that by playing in a CPL game, you can earn Most Valuable Player (MVP) votes. There are five votes per game to be distributed to deserving players – the referees (bless their hearts) get to hand out one each and three votes are given out by the team performing bench duties.

To date, in the CPL there have been 11,570 MVP votes given to players. However, 513 players have never received a single vote. This is across a combined 3,380 appearances.

What does 64 have to do with players not getting an MVP vote? Well, 64 is the most amount of games played by a player without receiving an MVP. That’s right, one players has amassed a decent amount of games and not once received an MVP vote. However, this player is not alone; in fact, there are five players who have over 50 games each who have never received an MVP vote.

The highest amount of MVP votes given to one player was 206. This player had notched up 260 games when they retired from the CPL. The best performance in terms of votes per game is reserved for one player who has amassed 103 MVP votes from only 76 appearances – this is the least amount of games played with the highest MVP total.

Another interesting fact that was discovered whilst looking into the MVP votes is that 27 players have a perfect record. Meaning that in every game they have played, they have received at least one MVP vote.

What it actually takes to get given an MVP vote is a little up in the air; it can be based on player performance, player attitude, player dress sense, or literally anything else. What we do know is that the votes are not to be taken lightly as their purpose, as anyone who has attended one of the CPL’s famous end of season party’s would know, is to decide the most prestigious individual accolade of the CPL – each divisions Most Valuable Player for the season.

Since its inception, the CPL has handed out 28 MVP trophies to 21 different players. There will be at least three new trophies to distribute in April, the question we have for this season is, will anyone repeat, or will we have some new winners? The power lies with you the players, for after all, this is a league by the players for the players. So use your votes wisely.


The fifteenth big number is 401.

In case you were somehow not aware, the CPL just hosted its annual CPL All-Star Saturday again at the AIS arena. It was once again an amazing turn out of support for CPL basketball, all while raising funds for the Cancer Council ACT. We plan to get some information about how much exactly was raised shortly, but for the time being let us focus on the Basketball.

The All-Star games again were split by North versus South for the three Divisions, and by the CPL Legends versus Cal’s Legends for the Legends game. Sixty-six players took the court during these games and displayed some great basketball for all in attendance.

401 points were scored across the four games, with 126 field goals, 36 three pointers, and 41 free throws made. There were several standout performances; one of the All-Stars scored an impressive 26 points in his sides win, and four other players also made five three pointers each in their games.

Players did not baulk at the opportunity to gobble up the boards with 312 rebounds made, with one Legend bringing in 18 rebounds alone. There were also 106 assists on the night with one player notching up seven of them – showing that even under the bright lights, sharing the ball is still important.

Whilst the All-Star game is about displaying the best basketball, the CPL has to offer that does not mean it is all offense. The defence on display from the All-Stars was again top notch amassing 63 steals and 21 Blocks. Three players had three steals each, whilst two players recorded three blocks each.

So how did the night go? Well four teams got the win and four teams unfortunately lost. In the ever waging war of North versus South, South once again came up with the win scoring an impressive 157 points compared to the North’s valiant 143 points. The CPL Legends once again took the mantle against Cal’s Legends with 60 points compared to 41.

Once again, All-Star Saturday was a great night out for Basketball and the community, which saw a lot of money raised for the ACT Cancer Council. It could not have been done without the tireless work of the committee members and the other volunteers that made the event so great. We all look forward to doing it again next year, and who knows, maybe your number might get the call up for a run.


The sixteenth big number is 27.

The technical foul is a powerful weapon in a referee’s arsenal. Used correctly it can bring control back to an out of control game, remove an unruly player from the game, or guide players to doing the right thing. The tech foul also alerts the CPL to players who may not be suitable to play in the competition.

The number 27 is the number of tech fouls handed out to players during the 2019/2020 Season.

There have been 702 tech fouls handed out in the regular season in CPL history – 408 in Division 1, 250 in Division 2, and 44 in Division 3.

This season so far has seen 10 tech fouls been issued to Division 1, 11 in Division 2, and 6 in Division 3.

265 Players have received tech fouls in the CPL. With the most handed to a player being 37. However, CPL players are quick to learn with only 127 of those players receiving more than one tech foul.

So how does this number of 27 compare to last season?

By Round 27 of the 2018/2019 season, 78 tech fouls had been handed out to players. That is a difference of 51 tech fouls! Dramatically less this season.

We will leave up to you whether you think the CPL players have just become nicer this season, or are the referees just more reluctant to hand out technical fouls.


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