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Round 3 (Regular Season)

CSKA 58% Oct.25 Panathinaiko
Fenerbahce 92% Oct.25 Anadolu Efes
Baskonia Oct.25 Valencia 89%
Unicaja 93% Oct.25 Brose Bask.
Khimki 81% Oct.24 Crvena Zvezd
Maccabi T-A 56% Oct.24 Olympiacos
FC Barcelona 58% Oct.24 Zalgiris
Real Madrid 99% Oct.24 EA7 Armani
Can Anthony Gill be the ideal Printezis' back up? - Jun 28, 2017

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Focus on Olympiacos's need to acquire a PF who will give the necessary boost to the team and the necessary protection to Giorgos Printezis in the aftermath of his renewed contract. Can Anthony Gill be the ideal Printezis' back up? Let's take a look at his case..

Anthony Gill (6'8-PF-1992)

I first marked his name two years ago, watching him in his amazing team back then, Virginia. It was the best defensive team in the NCAA (along with the Kentucky 'beast') led by coach Tony Bennett. Virginia became famous for its Pack Line defensive approach (we often talked about it throughout the season in the Euroleague), an evolution of the original Pack Line presented many years ago by his father in North Wisconsin, offering several super interesting nights amidst the cold winters of the city with his defensive miracle warming up the fans. It is very important to evaluate the environment of players who may be a target for our teams now or in the future because this process gives us more insight in their education, habits and working standards, which are directly linked to their adjustment period in a certain situation/philosophy..

The principles of Tony Bennett's Pack Line, in which Anthony Gill grew up, are similar to the defensive strategy used on many occasions by our teams as well as by Crvena Zvezda, i.e. the elite defenses of current European basketball. In contrast to ICE and the tendency of most teams of current college basketball to send the ball handler vertically on Side PnR, Gill grew up with a defensive philosophy that consciously pushed the ball to the middle lane, which was impenetrable due to the Pack Line line up (the ball defender high up on it and the other 4 players within an imaginary line) with Bennett looking to reduce the distances between the defenders by limiting the times of the recovers.

Note: Remember how strong Olympiacos was this year (with their own strategy) in defending the middle lane by using Pack Line principles help-wise, except for when they were after clear one on one with Birch.

Born and in the blessed land of North Carolina, Gill wasn't a great defensive player at first. He was, however, forced to work hard on this (coming of a season in South Carolina) as there was no other way to to get playing minutes in a team with such character, and he managed to get all the way to the All-ACC Defensive Team. There are still things for him to improve but his predictions looks ideal for a player who has been progressing rapidly in the past few years, constantly adding things in his game.

Why I'd like to see Gill in Olympiacos

-He is a 2.03 m. forward who covers the'4' position and the '5' in Small ball situations that the Reds word hard on and properly support with the Big SF they have. Automatically, the team acquires more depth and variety of formations by creating a more versatile frontline.

-He is characterized by a strong fighting spirit and is a team player. He's neither preoccupied with numbers nor does he play for them. He is able to adopt a role player profile.

-He's a good rebounder with good second jumps. Very strong in offensive rebounding, an asset in harmony with his ability to finish down low without lowering the ball. In his third year in Virginia, playing next to rebounders such as Dario Atkins and Mike Tobey, he got the 15.5% of the offensive rebounds of his team, an excellent number.

-He knows how to work his hands and is not afraid of contact even though he needs to strengthen his body to defend down low at the '5' position. His motor varies from evening to evening. Good perception. Last year he found himself in a completely different environment and a high-level professional league and he responded exceptionally, armed with his persistence to play on his strengths. Above average athleticism.

-He has grown up in a low pace offense and a group with clear defensive orientations (Virginia). Olympiacos' environment (even if transitioning to Euroleague is very demanding) will be familiar.. It's intriguing to watch a main player of Tony Bennett's team integrating into maybe the best defensive team in Euroleague and playing under Yiannis Sfairopoulos. Truth is that (pay attention to this) Gill has still defensive weaknesses that in my opinion are anything but insignificant at Euroleague level. He is often distracted defending away from the ball and there is room to improve his footwork even though we are talking about a PF who can run the court fairly well. It is obvious when you watch him defend high against fast guards. I estimate that he may soon improve this, taking into account how much his behavior on defense has developed in the last three years.

-He's aggressive when attacking in the paint, especially in miss match situations in his favor. He lowers his body, seeks contact and usually finishes with a baby hook. In these cases his aggression may take him to the free throw line. He was excellent in Virginia's 1-3-1 offense as the last player playing on the base line. His good hands help him there. He is an efficiently offensive player. In his third year in college he got up to 122.3 Offensive Rating and graduated by significantly improving his free throw numbers (67.1%) and an average of 12.8 points.

-The most important of all Leaving his college he was a substantial offensive presence in the paint without good execution outside of it. His shooting was a weakness that shut the NBA door for him. He worked hard on this, transforming into a decent shooter last year in Giresum and TBL. He finished the season with 46.5% three pointers (43 attempts in 30 matches), 69.3% in two pointers and 76.5% in free throws. . He has now added Face up game in his repertoire and his improvement in peripheral execution was necessary to support the frequent use of 1 in-4 out offense used by Trifunovic in Yesilgiserum in order to pave the way for Ricky Ledo to step onto the paint. Olympiacos also started several plays this year with this formation.

-A decent ball handler which he capitalized in close out offense situations as well as in secondary transition execution. He still learns how to read. He is prone to turn the ball over when he stops dribbling in offense (either vertically or in post ups on the low post).

- A very competitive character. In his years there, Virginia had the ambition to create a team that would challenge teams with much higher star quality and starting from this, they forged their respective characters on a personal level. In the last season, the 25-year-old forward had his best games against the elite teams of the TBL. Have a look

Gill vs Fenerbahce

14 PTS (7/9 FG)- 5 REB

20 PTS (7/8 FG- 4/4 FT)-6 REB-2 STL

Gill vs Anadolu

21 PTS (9/13 FG)- 5 REB

15 PTS (7/7 FG)- 4 REB-2 STL

Gill vs Darussafaka

13 PTS (5/8 FG- 3/3 FT)- 10 REB- 2 AST

20 PTS (8/10 FG-3/3 FT)- 8 REB- 2 BLK

He finished his first professional season in Yesilgiresun (10-20, finished 11th in the standings) with: 14.4 PTS (69.3% 2PT- 46.5% 3PT- 76.5% FT)- 6.9 REB (2.6 OFF REB) - 0.9 AST- 0.6 STL- 0.5 BLK and 1.8 TO in 30.3.

Anthony Gill is a player whose game is still evolving. I think he deserves some attention from Olympiacos now that his price is still very low as he can add some quality minutes behind Printezis with the hustling and efficiency that characterize his actions. This is a Birch-like case (completely unrelated game-wise, entirely different players) where the raw material is there and may be translated pretty well in the Euroleague in this particular system, and up his value in the market. I think his case would be proper money placement in a player that comes from the bench and is able to give a good boost to the team in the second half of the season..


Erick Green
Review of Round 2 - 7 hours ago
Valencia - Anadolu Efes 78-71 Valencia Basket used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Istanbul 78-71 on Friday night. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Valencia Basket made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Erick Green (190-91, college: Virginia Tech) who scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. Montenegrin power forward Bojan Dubljevic...   [read more]
Euroleague: The best summer additions (part 1) - 4 days ago
In this article, we will try to highlight the best signing for every Euroleague club made this summer. The evaluation will be based on scouting predictions, without any additional impressions based on Round 1 performances. The author will chose only one player per team with basic analyze and explanation. 1. Valencia Basket Valencia was very active on transfer market this summer. Spanish champions have strengthened roster with well-known names such as Erick Green, Tibor Pleiss, Aaron Doo...   [read more]

Jackson's 27 points and 9 assists give him Player of the Week award - 6 days ago
26-year old point guard Pierre Jackson (180-PG-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Maccabi T-A and receives a Player of the Week award for round 1. He had the game-high 27 points adding seven rebounds and nine assists for Maccabi T-A in his team's victory, helping them to crush Brose Bask. (#14, 0-1) with 17-point margin 88-71. It's just the very beginning of the season and Maccabi T-A won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the stand...   [read more]

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Euroleague Standings
$$Euroleague Standings
 1 Khimki 2-0 
 2 Maccabi T-A 2-0 
 3 Olympiacos 2-0 
 4 Real Madrid 2-0 
 5 FC Barcelona 1-1 
 6 Crvena Zvezda 1-1 
 7 Zalgiris 1-1 
 8 Unicaja 1-1 
 9 CSKA 1-1 
 10 Valencia 1-1 
 11 Fenerbahce 1-1 
 12 Panathinaikos 1-1 
 13 Anadolu Efes 0-2 
 14 Baskonia 0-2 
 15 Brose Bask. 0-2 
 16 EA7 Armani 0-2 
$$ANGT Standings
 1 ALBA Berlin 0-0 
 2 Bayern U18 0-0 
 3 BBA U18 0-0 
 4 Cedevita U18 0-0 
 5 CFBB 0-0 
 6 Cibona U18 0-0 
 7 Cr.Zvezda U18 0-0 
 8 CSKA U18 0-0 
 9 Darussafaka U18 0-0 
 10 Estudiantes U18 0-0 
 11 FCB U18 0-0 
 12 Fenerbahce U18 0-0 
 13 GBA U18 0-0 
 14 Gran Canaria U18 0-0 
 15 Joventut U18 0-0 
 16 L.Rytas U18 0-0 
 17 Las Palmas U18 0-0 
 18 LHospitalet U18 0-0 
 19 Macc.TA U18 0-0 
 20 Mega Bemax U18 0-0 
 21 Panathinaikos U18 0-0 
 22 Partizan U18 0-0 
 23 Real Madrid U18 0-0 
 24 Seville U18 0-0 
 25 Skyliners U18 0-0 
 26 Spars U18 0-0 
 27 Stellazzurra U18 0-0 
 28 U.Olimpija U18 0-0 
 29 Unicaja U18 0-0 
 30 USK U18 0-0 
 31 VEF U18 0-0 
 32 Zalgiris U18 0-0 
Full Standings
ANGT Standings
 1. ALBA Berlin 0-0 
 2. Bayern U18 0-0 
 3. BBA U18 0-0 
 4. Cedevita U18 0-0 
 5. CFBB 0-0 
 6. Cibona U18 0-0 
 7. Cr.Zvezda U18 0-0 
 8. CSKA U18 0-0 
 9. Darussafaka U18 0-0 
 10. Estudiantes U18 0-0 
 11. FCB U18 0-0 
 12. Fenerbahce U18 0-0 
 13. GBA U18 0-0 
 14. Gran Canaria U18 0-0 
 15. Joventut U18 0-0 
 16. L.Rytas U18 0-0 
 17. Las Palmas U18 0-0 
 18. LHospitalet U18 0-0 
 19. Macc.TA U18 0-0 
 20. Mega Bemax U18 0-0 
 21. Panathinaikos U18 0-0 
 22. Partizan U18 0-0 
 23. Real Madrid U18 0-0 
 24. Seville U18 0-0 
 25. Skyliners U18 0-0 
 26. Spars U18 0-0 
 27. Stellazzurra U18 0-0 
 28. U.Olimpija U18 0-0 
 29. Unicaja U18 0-0 
 30. USK U18 0-0 
 31. VEF U18 0-0 
 32. Zalgiris U18 0-0 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Erick GREEN
  Avg: 23
 1. Green, Valencia23.0 
 2. McCollum, Anadolu .23.0 
 3. Beaubois, Baskonia22.0 
 4. Doncic, Real Madrid20.5 
 5. Bjelica, Crvena Z.20.5 
 6. Seraphin, FC Barce.20.0 
 7. Jankunas, Zalgiris19.5 
 8. Calathes, Panathin.18.5 
 9. Robinson, Khimki17.5 
 10. Shved, Khimki17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gustavo AYON
  Real Madrid
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Ayon, Real Madrid10.5 
 2. Clyburn, CSKA10.5 
 3. Ledo, Anadolu Efes9.0 
 4. Robinson, Khimki8.0 
 5. Singleton, Panathin.7.5 
 6. Lessort, Crvena Z.7.0 
 7. Hunter, CSKA6.5 
 8. White, Zalgiris6.5 
 9. Dubljevic, Valencia6.5 
 10. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.5 
Assists Per Game
  FC Barce.
  Avg: 10
 1. Heurtel, FC Barce.10.0 
 2. Sloukas, Fenerbahce8.0 
 3. Rochestie, Crvena Z.7.0 
 4. Pangos, Zalgiris6.5 
 5. Theodore, EA7 A.6.5 
 6. Calathes, Panathin.6.0 
 7. Nikolic, Brose Bask.6.0 
 8. Vives, Valencia5.5 
 9. Markovic, Khimki5.5 
 10. Jackson, Maccabi .5.0 
Steals Per Game
  Real M.
  Avg: 3
 1. Fernandez, Real M.3.0 
 2. Clyburn, CSKA2.5 
 3. Shved, Khimki2.0 
 4. Timma, Baskonia2.0 
 5. Ulanovas, Zalgiris2.0 
 6. Jenkins, Khimki2.0 
 7. Waczynski, Unicaja2.0 
 8. Papanikolaou, Olympiac.2.0 
 9. Augustine, Unicaja2.0 
 10. Green, Valencia2.0 
Blocks Per Game
  Maccabi .
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Parakhouski, Maccabi .2.5 
 2. Singleton, Panathin.2.5 
 3. Vesely, Fenerbahce2.0 
 4. Seraphin, FC Barce.2.0 
 5. Robinson, Khimki2.0 
 6. Vives, Valencia1.5 
 7. Ayon, Real Madrid1.5 
 8. Lessort, Crvena Z.1.0 
 9. Thomas, Khimki1.0 
 10. Tyus, Maccabi T-A1.0 

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