Key stats to keep in mind ahead of third Americas Qualifiers window
MIAMI (United States) – We’re almost a week away from getting back to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Americas Qualifiers action.
The upcoming third window, which will be played from June 30 to July 4, will define the remaining open spots in the Second Round. Let’s get you up to speed and zoom in on some interesting stat lines that could shape up the third Americas Qualifiers window:
Mexico’s ability to secure the ball
The Mexican team has made it to the Second Round and much of their success has come from their excellent point guards. Paul Stoll leads the qualifiers in assists at 8.8 per game, but the team's effectiveness with ball handling has been general.
Mexico has the best assist to turnover ratio at 2.5. The teams that follow, the United States and the Dominican Republic, barely have a ratio of 1.9.
Uruguay are second in Group B and have assured their ticket to the next phase. One of their key components has been that they have been able to have even performances throughout the games.
The backup players have even outperformed the starters by averaging 45.5 points per game, making them the best bench in the qualifiers. Uruguay is averaging 77.3 points, which means that the players on the bench produce close to 60 percent of the points.
Canada’s dominating offense
The North Americans are by far the point leaders in these Americas Qualifiers with 101.8. They are more than 10 points ahead of the team in second place, USA.
But that's not all, six players are averaging double digits in scoring and the team also leads in points on fast break (20.3), points off turnovers (27.3) and points in the paint (38.5).
Jordan Bell, USA's stabilizer
The NBA champion (2018 with Golden State Warriors), played for USA in the last window and his work on the defensive side gave another dimension to a team that is used to demolishing their opponents with their lethal attack.
Bell, in the two games he participated in, became the block leader of these Americas Qualifiers with an average of 2.0 per game and also the leader in steals with 3.0.
Dominican Republic makes you pay
Melvyn Lopez’s squad leads the qualifiers in offensive rebounds with a total of 66 in four games (average of 16.5) and it is no coincidence that they are also the group with the most points in second chances with an average of 18.7.
These two factors indicate that the Dominicans make the most out of the opportunities that their opponents give them, leading them to their spot in the Second Round.