19 December, 2022
25 May, 2023
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WASL Power Rankings: Season 1, Volume VII

BEIRUT (Lebanon) - Both WASL - West Asia and WASL - Gulf leagues are ready to hop back into action after making way for the International Window for Men's Basketball!

Many of the stars on these WASL teams were able to put their talents on display for their national teams and will now look to continue their good forms in the WASL season. We're heading into the last stretch of the season with only two gamedays left, which means that all teams will be firing all cylinders to put themselves in the best position for the Final Phase.

Here's a Power Ranking to put in perspective where the teams stand before the action picks up again.

Reminder: These are not the official rankings. Power Rankings are just here to reflect on a team's current form and not based entirely on their records in WASL.




14 BSH Al Bashaer 

Al Bashaer need to win. They won't be automatically eliminated from contention to advance unless Kazma gets a win, but in any case, they just really need a win at this point of the season. -

13 NSR Al Nasr Riyadh

Al Nasr Riyadh are in a similar situation with Al Bashaer. They really need a win right now. They will get one more week to prepare for their WASL Gulf game next week against Al Sadd and they better use this extra time properly if they want to keep their hopes alive. -

12 SAD Al Sadd

Al Sadd might have some concerns with how Babacar Dieng looked playing for Qatar at the FIBA Asia Cup 2025 Pre-Qualifiers as he didn't look like the Babacar Dieng that has been playing in WASL Gulf at a high level. Which version will Al Sadd be getting when the action resumes? 🔻1️⃣

11 NAF Al Naft

Al Naft have a huge game against Al Riyadi coming up this week. Karrar Hamzah was the main player in action at the Asia Cup 2025 Pre-Qualifiers, playing solidly enough for Iraq to come out on top of Iraq's respective group. Al Naft will need that sort of solid play against Riyadi. 🔻1️⃣

10 MNM Al Manama

A tough stretch for Al Manama players during the international window as Bahrain lost their two final games of the Asian Qualifiers, albeit against two quality opponents in Japan and Australia. "Mosti" continues to do well, but can he keep that momentum going with his club in a crucial stretch? 🔻4️⃣

KZM Kazma

Brace yourselves. Kazma have been a solid team in WASL Gulf - arguably better than their 1-3 record suggests even. Now, it's highly possible that there will be major changes within the lineup for these last two games of the Group Phase. It has been all but confirmed that team-leading scorer Kevin Murphy is no longer with the team as he is already playing in the Philippines, which means there will be a huge void to be filled. It seems like there is nowhere to go but up for the Kuwaiti club. Right? 🔺3️⃣

ORX Orthodox Amman

Orthodox have been progressing well since their slow start to the WASL season and it looks like their key players are hitting a good personal stride as well. In particular, star guard Freddy Ibrahim could have some great games in store for these last two game days after shining in the last window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers. Ibrahim was dropping dimes at a high rate for the World Cup-bound Jordan national team, which should have left Orthodox Amman fans hoping he'll continue to do so for the club as well. 🔺1️⃣

BEI Beirut Club

Beirut Club drop two spots here, but there should be no reason to concern as it's more because their players weren't as active as other clubs during the international window. Ali Haidar took a rest from national team duties, which might actually mean he would be fresher for the WASL games ahead. 🔻2️⃣

RIY Al Riyadi

Wael Arakji's availability and condition are still unclear which is always something for Riyadi fans to have some concern over. However, with the way Amir Saoud was shooting and scoring for Lebanon in Window 6, Riyadi fans should feel a lot much better with the team's last games in the Group Phase nonetheless. 🔺1️⃣

HIL Al Hilal

Okay, okay. Saudi Arabia didn't qualify for the World Cup, but it definitely wasn't from a lack of effort that was put forth by the Al Hilal stars who were representing the country. In particular, Mohammed Alsuwailem had one of the best performances by a player in the Asian Qualifiers against New Zealand. The big man had been dominating in WASL Gulf before the break and continued to play very well during the break, which is why it should be expected that he'll finish the Group Phase strong for Al Hilal. 🔺5️⃣

4  SAH Shabab Al Ahli - Dubai

UAE finally advanced to the Asia Cup 2025 Qualifiers after missing out last cycle, which should be a great boost of confidence for the Shabab Al Ahli - Dubai representatives as they head back to their camps. Qais Omar Alshabebi continues to be the anchor and was good as expected, while Hamid Albreki also keeps making promising strides forward. -

3  KWT Kuwait Club 

It was a frustrating run for Kuwait players from Kuwait Club as they missed out on advancing to the Asia Cup 2025 Qualifiers, but WASL Gulf standouts, Hamad and Mohammad Hasan, have been on point with how they are playing which can only be good news for Kuwait Club as they aim to stay undefeated through the Group Phase. -

GOR Gorgan

It wasn't the ideal international window for the Iran national team players who took in two losses, especially a crushing defeat at the hands of Japan. But they qualified for the World Cup nonetheless and Gorgan's stars played well in their roles. Now they can shift their focus back to having a strong finish in WASL West Asia play. -

ZAH ZobAhan

Similar to Gorgan's case above, Sajjad Mashayekhi and Arsalan Kazemi played well for Iran during the Asian Qualifiers window and even though they lost both games, they should now be able to focus solely on getting their team through to the WASL West Asia Final Phase on a high note. 🔺5️⃣


*The power rankings are entirely subjective based on recent events/results/announcements and is in no way true, accurate ranking systems. All comments are purely those of the author.