We all know that the Bulls pulled off an amazing first half of the season, compiling an outstanding record of 38-16.
But, what goes unappreciated is how well the Bulls D-League team, the Iowa Energy, performed as well.
The Energy, led by Othyus Jeffer’s 21.4 points per game, put together a record of 25-10 heading into the All-Star break. This put them at second place in the East, just behind the Erie Bayhawks.
So, with the second half of the season just about to begin, let’s look at the résumé the Energy built through the first half of the season.
Away Record: 9-7
Total Record: 25-10
Leading Scorer: Othyus Jeffers–21.4 points per game
Leading Rebounder: Courtney Sims–9.8 rebounds per game
Leading in Assists: Curtis Stinson–9.2 assists per game
Leading in Steals: Chris Lofton–2.3 steals per game
Leading Shot-Blocker: Courtney Sims–1.1 blocks per game
Key Losses: vs. New Mexico, @Sioux Falls
Key Wins: @Tulsa, vs. Erie, @Bakersfield, @Rio Grande Valley
Players in D-League All-Star Game: 3 (Jeffers, Sims, and Stinson)
- Erie Bayhawks
- Iowa Energy
- Fort Wayne Mad Ants
- Maine Red Claws
- Dakota Wizards
- Springfield Armor
- Sioux Falls Skyforce
What impresses me the most about the Energy’s first half dominance was the total team effort. If you looked at the stats I presented, the player contributions are found among many players.
That is just like the big boys, the Bulls, who also are one of the best in the NBA at working as a complete team to win the game.
In should be noted, however, that the Energy did lose James Johnson, who played in only eight games. In those eight games, the Energy went 6-2, and Johnson averaged 19.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg, and 4.3 apg.
But, the Energy still went 19-8 without Johnson, so they should still be fine.
Also, the Energy did great as home and managed to pick up several key wins on the road.
If they can continue to dominate at home and win key roads games, the Energy look to be a premiere threat in the East and a prime contender for a championship when the playoffs roll around.
The second half of the season kicks off tomorrow, when the Energy will head out to Sioux Falls for a two game stint.
Sioux Falls (6-25) shocked the Energy the last time these two teams met right before the All-Star break, upsetting them, 129-128, after being down 15 at half.