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
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.