5 AFRICAN PLAYERS MAKE TOP 50
It’s been an amazing playoffs experience for African players in round one of the NBA Playoffs 2018. From North Africa to East Africa, South Africa to West Africa, basketball fans have been savoring the best of basketball in the NBA. The sons of the soil have not disappointed their fans across the continent and some have been very spectacular.
Leading the players’ statistics is The Deer, Giannis Antetokoumpo who started for the Milwaukee Bucks in all 7 games of the series averaging 25.7 points per game, 9.6 rebounds per game and 6.3 assists per game.
Next African player on the stats table of the playoffs top 50 is Victor Oladipo who also started in all 7 games for the Indiana Pacers averaging 22.7 points per game, 8.6 rebounds per game and 6 assists per game. He led the Pacers offence in a historical assault on Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers forcing them to game 7 in the series. The cavaliers eventually won the series in Ohio by 105-101.
Cameroonian Joel Embid played 3 games and started in all 3 making himself a force to reckon with in the series as the Sixers defeated the Miami Heat in 5 games. He averaged 18.7 points per game, 10.3 rebounds per game and 2 assists per game.
Al-farouq Aminu played and started in all 4 games for the Portland Trailblazers against the New Orleans Pelicans who had a sweep over them no thanks to spectacular performances from Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo.
Clint Capella played 5 games in round one of the playoffs as the Houston Rockets saw off the Minnesota Timberwolves in 5 games for a second round tie against the Utah jazz. He leads the playoffs leader board in rebounds with 13.8 rebounds per game.
Of all the 5 top African performers in round one only two of them are in the second round. Other players in the second round are British-Nigerian OG Anunoby of the Toronto Raptors, Nigerian-American Andre Iguodala, Boston Celtics’ Semi Ojeleye, Malian Cheick Diallo, Congolese born Serge Ibaka and his teammate Cameroonian Pascal Siakam among others.