Nippon 2037 Mid-May RPI Picking Up Where They Left Off: The Hawks were a wildcard for the 2036 Playoffs but got hot and took home the Nippon Championship. For the first 1/3 of 2037 season though, they've clearly been the best team in the NBL. Can they continue this trend and repeat as champions? Not What They Used To Be? Despite only coming through with 1 championship, the Giants have been the dominant NBL team for the last 5-6 years. They were supposed to fall off this year though but still be above average with the loss of many starters and star SP Kiyoshi Saito back on the DL. They show up narrowly behind the Hawks though at #2 in the Rankings. Maybe they can surprise and continue their success? Never Defeated: The Kishu Rangers have been outscored by 30 runs so far this season but somehow have a winning record and show up #3 in the RPI. Can they continue to pull this magic out of their hat or will they crash and burn as the season progresses? Who Needs Wins? The Golden Eagles have been as bad as it gets this year. They've already been outscored by 109 runs have managed just 12 wins are 6 games behind the 2nd worst record in the NBL. They aren't last in the RPI though. Have they just played a tough schedule or are they as bad as it looks?