To understand the effect that one scorer can have on a team's fortunes, one has only to review how the shooting of Alec Peters has influenced the record of TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz so far this season.
Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz has won three of its last four games while putting up at least 86 points in each of those victories. At the center of its offensive surge has been Peters, a power forward who has been on fire while coming off the bench to help decide several games with his outside shooting.
The numbers show that when Peters is on target, Baskonia has won. He has played in four of the team's five victories this season, and in each of those, Peters has scored at least 15 points. He has averaged 19.5 points in those five victories. In the five defeats in which Peters has played, however, his scoring average is just 6.6 points per game.
In Baskonia's three most recent wins, Peters has been unstoppable, hitting 11 of 12 two-point shots (91.7%) and 10 of 16 three-pointers (62.5%). That's 52 points with 28 shots, or 1.85 points per shot.
Baskonia was struggling with a 2-5 record when Peters stepped up with a career-high 25 points in an 86-68 Round 9 home win against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul. He made 6 of 6 two-pointers and 4 of 6 three-pointers that night for a personal-best performance index rating of 31.
He was only getting started, however. Peters was very efficient again two days later against Panathinaikos OPAP Athens in Round 10, as Baskonia won 93-72. He missed only one shot against to finish with 19 points and a PIR of 25.
After a home loss by 70-77 against Zenit St Petersburg in a rescheduled Round 3 game in which he managed just 8 points, Peters rebounded in Round 11 as Baskonia collected its first road win against Olympiacos Piraeus since 2007, prevailing 76-90 as he posted 16 points.
With those three performances, Peters has boosted his scoring average to 12.3 points per game and has hit a total of 21 of 35 two-pointers (60.0%), 17 of 32 three-pointers (53.2%) and 18 of 20 free throws (90.0%). Only five other players in the EuroLeague this season belong to the 60-50-90 club: Rodrigue Beaubois of Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Vladimir Lucic of FC Bayern Munich, Charles Jenkins of Olympiacos Piraeus, Lukas Lekavicius of Zalgiris Kaunas and Kyle Kuric of FC Barcelona. Peters ranks sixth in the EuroLeague in three-point shooting percentage and only one player with more attempts than him has shot the ball better: Marius Grigonis of Zalgiris Kaunas (25-of-45, 55.6%).
Baskonia has won all four games in which Peters has scored 15 points or more by double digits, with an average victory margin of 16.5 points. Conversely, he scored a total of 16 among three games Baskonia lost by a combined six points, against FC Barcelona (86-88), LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne (89-86) and the team he won the 2019 EuroLeague title with, CSKA Moscow (89-86).
This week, Peters is set to visit his team from last season, Efes, and arrives in top shape. Efes holds a four-game winning streak against Baskonia and scored more than 100 points in their last two showdowns. If Peters can stay hot, a road win would tie Baskonia with Efes at 6-5 each and complete a big turnaround by the Spanish powerhouse that coincides with his sublime shooting of late.