Let's take a look to the latest Euroleague power rankings, just one game before the end of TOP-16's first round..
1. Real Madrid (6-0): Best defense so far in the TOP-16.. (66.7 PPG), top-offensive rebounding team.. Real showed it can win at both fast and slow pace, although its offense is not so productive. Carrol's performance against CSKA was a classic..
2. Barcelona (5-1): The Catalonians are the top favorite for their group's first place, after their two very convincing wins against the underdogs (Caja Laboral & Montepaschi). Pasqual's style remains the same, based on a very quality post offense which includes high speed in the half court and a very effective defense. They performed bad only in Moscow, against Khimki..
3. CSKA Moscow (4-2): After two straight losses Messina indentified different issues, by the time CSKA was showing improvement, beginning to move in the direction the Italian had carved. The Russians have defensive problems in addition to their productive offense which thrives in the paint and has an improved ball movement (Micov is the key player on that). Christmas is under a silent punishment. CSKA is on 4-2 but i think it will run after groups first place until the end..
4. Montepaschi (5-1): Montepaschi had a tremendous run in the top-16, having it's first loss in Palau Blaugrana.. Banchi's high-octaine offense and low mistake basketball seems that it feets a lot to this group of players but the nature of Montepaschi's style is not the same after Ress got injured as the coaching staff has to play more with Eze on "5" spot. The Italian powerhouse is on the market, looking for a guard
5. Efes Anadolu (5-1): Oktay Mahmuti quietly has unveiled an improved defensive Efes (69.5ppg), which ranks second behind Real Madrid, counting only one defeat, in the first game at Moscow. Offense still wants work, as it has not reached the level of fair and cooperative creation but at 44.1% which forces the opponent to shoot two pointers is definitely flattering. If they win Real next week, they can be (maybe for the first time so seriously this year) in the talks for London.. (?)
6. Caja Laboral (4-2): Started with an impressive 4-0 with a couple amazing performances but now the Basques count two straight losses (one "bad", from Khimky) plus they have to live without Oleson, who was their perimeter's line equalizer. Caja, which seems more comfortable and less stressed in the court with Tabak, places a very good ball movement and an effective transition offense. It's the team with the fewer mistakes in the TOP-16, putting an impressive 158.7% in the assists/turnovers ratio. The wings performance will be critical (Causer has a big chance to show up). It seems they will fight for the post season until TOP-16's last day..
-Khimky (3-3): Khimki performs like a play-off team. This is it's level at least. Very good chemistry and floor spacing in the offensive end, very effective when they attack on the transition or in the half court.. Rivers started shooting better and Paul is on the rise.The Russians have the quality to qualify..
8. Panathinaikos (4-2): The Greens have big offensive problem due to the choices in the point guard position. The team plays good defense, but doesn't performs well on the boards any more. Panathinaikos tries to sign Fotsis but the truth is that in OAKA they need a strong-defensive minded PG..
-Olympiakos (3-3): The champs don't perform well and Mantzaris's injury is crucial to the team's chemistry. Olympiakos seems it lost it's hard caliber. The Reds are on the market for a PG..
10. Zalgiris (2-4): Zalgiris is much better team than its 2-4 record.. Excellent defense -which forces the opponent to many turnovers- with principles. Lets see how the financial problems will affect the team.. Although, I believe that they could be the "dark horse" in the second round..
11. Maccabi (2-4): Bad recruiting from Maccabi this year.. Blatt tries to find a solution but his team simply performs bad with an imbalanced offense (too much inside game which is not supported with effective perimeter shooting. Maccabi needs a big second round..
12. Unicaja (2-4): Unicajas game is like Malagas atmosphere. Allegro.
13. Fenerbahce (1-5): Allows 91.7 ppg on the defensive end, a 63% percentage on the opponents 2pt shots, plus the worst rebounding team in the TOP-16...It can't be worse..
14. Alba Berlin (1-5): Obradovic tries to present a decent team on the court which plays hard nose defense but doesn't have the quality (especially in the guards) to put big numbers on offense. The whole project (a new big market, the arena and the crowd) is very tempting for Euroleague
15. Brose Baskets (0-6): The Germans play much better on the road. Their offense has a continuous motion and they are shooting pretty well behind the arc but theit defense is truly bad. Brose Baskets added J. Massey hoping for a win..
-Besiktas (0-6): Besiktas let me down.. The hard nosed and competitive team of the first months doesn't exist anymore. Daniel Ewing was a bad choice.. The Turkish haven't any motivation and they play ugly basketball, although there no way- the worst TOP-16..
EuroLeague: Panathinaikos upset Baskonia - 2 days ago
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Baskonia - Panathinaikos 63:72 Panathinaikos stayed in the hunt for the playoff home-court advantage as they ran over Baskonia on the road on Thursday. Chris Singleton (206-F-89, college: Florida St.) stepped up with 18 points and 8 boards for the winners. Panathinaikos got to a quick start. The Greek side jumped to a 24:6 lead ten minutes into the game. Baskonia slowed the visitors down in the second term. The hosts got within 16 points at halftime 21:37. But Panathinaikos stayed in ch... [read more]
Baskonia - Panathinaikos 63:72
Panathinaikos stayed in the hunt for the playoff home-court advantage as they ran over Baskonia on the road on Thursday. Chris Singleton (206-F-89, college: Florida St.) stepped up with 18 points and 8 boards for the winners. Panathinaikos got to a quick start. The Greek side jumped to a 24:6 lead ten minutes into the game. Baskonia slowed the visitors down in the second term. The hosts got within 16 points at halftime 21:37. But Panathinaikos stayed in charge in the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 17 points 54:37. Baskonia dropped 26 points in the fourth period but could not avert the loss. Mike James (185-PG-90, college: Lamar) and James Gist (206-PF-86) delivered 11 points each for the visitors. Adam Hanga (199-SF-89, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 13 points for Baskonia. Johannes Voigtmann (211-C-92) tossed in 12 points in the loss.
PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) signed 27-year old Virgin Islander international forward Ivan Aska (201-104kg-90, college: Murray State). He is a dual citizen owning also U.S. Virgin Islands passport. Aska He just played at ET Land in South Korean KBL league. In 25 games he had 14.8ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3apg this season. Aska also played earlier that season for Ironi Ramat Gan (Winner League) in Israel where in 11 KBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.5ppg, 8.3rpg and 2.2apg. He has tried to... [read more]
PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) signed 27-year old Virgin Islander international forward Ivan Aska (201-104kg-90, college: Murray State). He is a dual citizen owning also U.S. Virgin Islands passport. Aska He just played at ET Land in South Korean KBL league. In 25 games he had 14.8ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3apg this season. Aska also played earlier that season for Ironi Ramat Gan (Winner League) in Israel where in 11 KBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.5ppg, 8.3rpg and 2.2apg. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Aska's college team won OVC Tournament in 2010 and 2012. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-CBC Championships 1st Team in 2015. Aska represented U.S. Virgin Islands at the CBC Championships in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) two years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 15.8ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 39.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 71.4%. Aska is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Aska has played previously professionally in Belgium (Leuven Bears), Germany (ALBA Berlin), Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros), Greece (AE Ikaros Kallitheas) and Israel (Maccabi Ashdod and Ironi Nes Ziona). He attended Murray State until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
Stratos Perperoglou selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - 4 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Greeks who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an experienced international small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84). He was the major contributor in a FC Barcelona's victory against one of league's weakest teams Joventut in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from Greeks who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an experienced international small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a FC Barcelona's victory against one of league's weakest teams Joventut (7-17) crushing them 76-56 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
Perperoglou recorded 19 points in 24 minutes on the court.
FC Barcelona Lassa (16-7) is placed third in the Liga Endesa.
This year Perperoglou averages: 8.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 57.4%(39-68), 3FGP: 27.5% and FT: 58.1% in 17 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee Bucks to a victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (20-51) 107-103 in the NBA last Friday.
He recorded 26 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 5 assists and made 2 blocks.
The Milwaukee Bucks have 35-35 record this season.
It's Antetokounmpo's fourth year with the team.
Antetokounmpo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.9ppg, 8.4rpg, 5.4apg, 1.9bpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 56.6%(524-926), 3FGP: 27.7% and FT: 78.3%.
Antetokounmpo has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian.
He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.
#3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague). Zisis could not help Brose Baskets (9-18) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Brose Baskets lost 78-83 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#4) Fenerbahce.
Zisis was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 3 passes (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in 22 minutes.
There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Zisis' overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.2apg, 2FGP: 44.8%, 3FGP: 27.0% and FT: 94.5%(69-73) in 27 games.
He played for the Greek national team two years ago.
#4. Swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Auxilium TO (11-12) 89-70 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday.
He scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes.
Umana Reyer Venezia (15-8) is placed second in the Serie A.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This year Bramos' total stats are: 9.8ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.5apg in 23 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Bramos used to play for the Greek national team
back in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Greece.
#5. U20 international center Georgios Papagiannis (217-97, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Sacramento Kings (27-43) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Papagiannis' good performance the Sacramento Kings (27-43) were badly defeated 110-94 in Oklahoma City by the Thunder.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds.
Papagiannis has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 3.1rpg.
He plays currently for the Greek U20 national team.
#6. Center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for CB Canarias (18-6) in their game against Valencia Basket (5-18) in the Spanish Liga Endesa.
Bogris recorded 8 points in 21 minutes.
The league leader CB Canarias was edged 65-62 in Valencia by the much lower-ranked (#13) Basket.
They ended the series of three consecutive victories.
Bogris has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 3.9rpg in 24 games.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.
#7. Former U18 international power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina) led Boca Juniors to a victory over the sixth-ranked Quimsa (22-21) 98-92 in the Argentinian LigaA last Saturday.
Lampropoulos was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (13-29) is placed tenth in Sur group.
This season Lampropoulos has very high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.8apg.
Lampropoulos used to play for the Greek U18 national team
fourteen years ago.
#8. Center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Georgios Papagiannis. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention.
Koufos contributed to a Sacramento Kings' victory against the Phoenix Suns (22-49) 107-101.
He scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 20 minutes.
The Sacramento Kings have 27-43 record this season.
Koufos has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 5.8rpg in 69 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Koufos plays currently for the Greek national team.
Apparently he has never played in Greece.
#9. International shooting guard Tyler Dorsey (193-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Oregon win their game against the Rhode Island University (13-5) 75-72 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 in Sunday night's game.
Dorsey scored 27 points (!!!), had 5 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals.
The University of Oregon has quite an impressive 16-2 conference record this season.
His team will play only one more game in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2. And now that game is very crucial.
Dorsey has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.8apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Dorsey is also in the roster of the Greek national team.
Interesting that he has never played in Greece.
#10. Power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help Lokomotiv (5-1) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (3-3) in the Eurocup.
Vougioukas scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 17 minutes.
The league leader Lokomotiv lost 63-74 in Malaga to the second-ranked Unicaja.
It's Vougioukas' first season with the team.
He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.4apg in 18 games.
Vougioukas is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Greek senior national team.
#11. International forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain) helped Andorra win their game against the 14th-ranked Zaragoza 100-92 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game.
He recorded 6 points in only 6 minutes.
Antetokounmpo has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 3.3rpg in 23 games.
He plays currently for the Greek national team.
#12. Former U19 international forward Konstantinos Mitoglou (208-96, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Wake Forest in their game against the Kansas State University in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1.
He recorded 7 points.
His team was defeated 95-88.
Mitoglou has averaged so far 8.9ppg and 6.1rpg.
He used to play for the Greek U19 national team
back in 2015.
#13. Former U18 international center Ioannis Dimakopoulos (218-94, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Cal-Irvine in their game against the Illinois State University in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1.
Dimakopoulos recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
His team was defeated 85-71.
This season Dimakopoulos has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg.
He used to play for the Greek U18 national team
five years ago.
#14. Former U20 international small forward Leonidas Kaselakis (202-90, currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help Astana in their game against VEF Riga in the VTB United League. Kaselakis cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
He recorded only 3 points in 28 minutes.
His team lost 62-73.
Kaselakis has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg in 20 games.
He used to play for the Greek U20 national team
back in 2010.
#15. Former U18 international swingman Haris Plioukas (200-89, currently plays in Germany) helped Hagen BG win their game against the seventh-ranked Ibbenbueren 94-89 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night.
Plioukas recorded 8 points.
Plioukas has reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg.
He used to play for the Greek U18 national team
ten years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Greek passport but never been selected to any of Greek national teams:
#1.Zach Auguste (208-C-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in a Usak Sportlif's victory against the eighth-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (11-11) 86-71 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game.
Auguste recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 19 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (7-15) is placed 12th in the BSL.
It's Auguste's first year with the team.
Auguste has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg and 7.9rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Auguste has never played in Greece.
#2.Patrick Calathes (207-F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an AV Cantu's victory against the closely-ranked Enel Brindisi (11-12) 83-77 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night.
He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (10-13) is placed 11th in the Serie A.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Calathes has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Calathes used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.
#3.Trian Iliadis (190-G-89, college: ODU, currently plays in Australia) led Wanneroo to a 3-point victory against the eighth-ranked Cougars (0-1) 104-101 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday.
Iliadis scored 15 points and added 5 assists. It was his first game for Wanneroo this season.
His team are placed fourth in SBL group.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Iliadis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Wanneroo's roster.
He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Australian.
Despite Iliadis' Greek passport, he previously played for the Australian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.
#4.Nazareth Mitrou-Long (193-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Iowa St. to a victory against the The University of Nevada (15-4) 84-73 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 on Thursday night.
Mitrou-Long scored 13 points and had 3 steals in 36 minutes.
The Iowa State University has a solid 13-6 conference record this season.
The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA.
Mitrou-Long is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Iowa St.'s roster.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Mitrou-Long averages: 15.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg in 35 games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Canadian.
Despite Mitrou-Long's Greek nationality, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.
#5.Grant Fiorentinos (208-F/C-92, college: SIU Edwardsville, currently plays in New Zealand) could not help Hawks (0-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Fiorentinos' very good performance the bottom-ranked Hawks were defeated 99-87 on the road by the higher-ranked Rams (#5).
He was the top scorer with 25 points. Fiorentinos also added 7 rebounds.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
This year Fiorentinos has very high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg and 5.0rpg.
Fiorentinos has both British and Greek nationalities.
Despite his Greek passport, Fiorentinos previously played for the British U20 national team.
#6.Georgios Angelou (185-G-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to a 2-point St.Francis, PA's victory against the Jacksonville University 78-76 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 last Tuesday.
He recorded 10 points and added 5 assists in 18 minutes.
Angelou has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.1apg in 34 games.
#7. Experienced Vassilis Kounas (194-G-84, currently plays in Cyprus) managed to help Cytavision Apoel Nicosia in a victory against the closely-ranked Enosis 79-60 in the Cypriot Division A in Friday night's game.
Kounas scored only 4 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 24 minutes.
Kounas has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.6apg in 15 games.
He also holds two passports: Greek and Cypriot.
#8.Emils Duselis (192-G/F, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Hills Hornets (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Duselis' good performance the sixth-placed Hills Hornets were defeated 89-78 in Sutherland by the lower-ranked Sharks (#8) in the WARATAH group.
He scored 11 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists. It was his first game for Hills Hornets this season.
Duselis has dual citizenship: Greek and Australian.
#9.Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Real Madrid II (18-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance the third-placed Real Madrid II was edged 78-75 in Santa Cruz by the lower-ranked (#6) Nautico KIA Tenerife in the Group B.
Sole had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 21 minutes.
Sole has reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.6spg in 24 games.
He holds both Uruguayan and Greek passports.
#10.Georgios Tyrekidis (208-C-96, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Wusterhausen's victory against the ninth-ranked Westerstede 78-72 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Sunday night's game.
Tyrekidis recorded only 2 points in 10 minutes.
Tyrekidis has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.6rpg in 16 games.
He has dual citizenship: Greek and German.
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