The actions of the Casademont Zaragoza present a common denominator: the low productivity of its bench players. A factor that drastically conditions the performance of the Aragonese team, which tends to collapse in the closing stages of matches after having made formidable wear previously; or that, failing that, he drastically dislodges with the rotations and is then forced to go in tow, with the significant burden of having to overcome large disadvantages on the scoreboard.
In this sense, there are two especially significant cases: the youth squad Jaime Fernández is still not making his debut in the Endesa League, after holding 11 games; and Sagaba Konate, the last reinforcement for the interior game, has only participated in five official matches, and with an average of 4.45 minutes per match.
Added to this is the low incidence of Javi García, who has further reduced his presence on the court with the change of coach. Since the incorporation of Sergio Hernández to the Zaragoza bench, the point guard did not reach 4 minutes in Fuenlabrada, in the last game of the Aragonese –he did it, in addition, to defend Melo Trimble, the top scorer in the Endesa League–; and he only played 45 seconds against Manresa, seven days before, in the Príncipe Felipe pavilion. A meager background for the youth squad, who had been completing good performances in his previous commitments. In San Sebastián, he already led the team with impudence and personality, during the quarter of an hour that he remained on the track; although his best game came against UCAM Murcia, on matchday six, when he added 8 points and 1 assist in 14 minutes of play.
Casademont started the season with a squad of 14, but were quickly depressed by the prolonged absences of Vit Krejci and Rasheed Sulaimon. The Czech was injured on September 25, on the second day of the Endesa League, and will miss the entire season due to the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.. Misfortune then struck escort Rasheed Sulaimon, who has been out since October 2 due to an adductor injury that occurred against AEK Athens, in the final phase of the previous edition of the Champions League. His return is scheduled for the first days of December.
After the injuries of Vit Krejci and Sulaimon, Casademont approached the hiring of point guard Luka Rupnik, who, in the five games he has played, remains on the court 14 minutes on average per game. Meanwhile, up to three players in the Aragonese team average more than 25 minutes per match, which represents a physical erosion of importance for a team especially punished by the calendar. In the initial stretch of the season, the Zaragoza team accumulated nine official matches in just four weeks, due to their participation in the Final a Eight in Athens.
Dylan Ennis, with an average of 28 minutes per game, is the Casademont Zaragoza player with the most presence on the court in the Endesa League. Behind the Canadian are DJ Seeley (25:03), Nicolás Brussino (25), Rodrigo San Miguel (22:44) and Robin Benzing (20:09). In the Champions League, the one who accumulates the most wear and tear is Seeley, who averages 28 minutes per match in the first two days of the competition; followed by Dylan Ennis (26: 3), Robin Benzing (24: 9), Nicolás Brussino (22: 8) and Rodrigo San Miguel (22: 2). And fatigue takes its toll, as evidenced by the collapse starring Casademont Zaragoza in Fuenlabrada, last Saturday, in its most recent performance, when it conceded a 26-11 run in the last act of the duel.
It was not, moreover, the first time that the people of Zaragoza were outmatched in the final bars. On the contrary, when it comes to the last 10 minutes of the match, Casademont has only been better than its opponent in one of its 10 Endesa League matches: against Herbalife Gran Canaria, on the third day of the championship (then he signed a partial 24-14 in the final quarter).
Casademont has already started the course without the contest of Javier Justiz, his main reference in the inside game, who continues to recover from the arthroscopy to which he underwent last February to solve a meniscus tear in his left leg. At the time of his injury, the Cuban pivot averaged 7 points and 2 rebounds in 15 minutes of play in the Endesa League, and 8.5 points and 6.6 sacks per game, in just over a quarter of an hour, in the continental competition Positive figures for a player who also has a notable impact on the intangible aspects of the game. Like Sulaimon, his return to the slopes will take place, in principle, in the first week of December.
The breadth of the squad was also reduced after the departure of Jaime Pradilla to Valencia Basket, on July 28, when the Levantines chose to pay the youth squad’s termination clause. The 19-year-old power forward is one of the most promising values on the national scene, but he is also an immediate performance player. His replacement, Jaime Fernández, needs much more cooking time to showcase all his talent, hence his entire participation in this course has been limited to a single match: # 4 minutes in Poland, against Start Lublin, on the day opening of the Champions League. In this scenario, only nine players are actually entering the rotation.