You have commented and BallinEurope has heard. Thanks in large part to the proddings and machinations of a somewhat indignant Y. (BiE’s man in Lithuania), we’ve reworked the formula to determine the official Top 100 Teams in Europe list.
Not to go into any boring detail, but Y. was kind enough to install somewhat arbitrary weighting for every domestic league in Europe. (In all seriousness, who can say that Polish basketball is 16% better than, say, Estonian hoops?)
We also agreed that the most glaring problem with the previous rankings were the rewards given to certain teams from Lithuania and Ukraine who have played, in some cases, multiple times more games than those in countries with “Superleague Basketball”-formatted leagues, e.g. Croatia and Serbia. After much wrangling and number-crunching, a way was finally found to create a reasonable weighting system for those team playing lots of garbage games.
The formula surely still isn’t perfect, but this week’s edition may come a bit closer to the reality of these teams’ current standing in the wider picture of European basketball: Though BiE’s own subjective no. 1 (Maccabi Tel Aviv) may be a bit low on this table, the fact that the top 21 in the rankings are all Euroleague squads bodes well, as does the presence of 23 EL sides in the top 25 – go ahead, guess which of the two dozen didn’t crack the quarter-century.
In any case, enjoy the new and (already) improved BiE Top 100 Teams in Europe rankings! (All figures based on games played through Wednesday, January 5, except VTB United League games to be calculated later.)