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14-15 Euroleague Power Rankings: Shooting Guards

As the 14-15 Euroleague season goes on, RealGM continues to present the ultimate positional rankings of the league's best players. In the fourth edition, we rank the elite shooting guards from one to ten. 

1. Vassilis Spanoulis (Olympiacos, Greece) 

Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 19.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 turnovers.

The 32-year-old was an undeniable leader of Olympiacos team over the past four seasons. Same as in previous years, Spanoulis remains one of the best scorers and most influential players in the league, who always has the ball at crunch time. Spanoulis also demonstrates this season that Euroleague titles and MVP prizes did not take away his appetite as he scored career-high 34 points against Neptunas in Week 3 game and his team is among those which earned an early ticket to Top 16 with perfect 6-1 record.

2. Rudy Fernandez (Real, Spain)

Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 9.7 points (92% FT), 3.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

Due to a right hand injury, Rudy Fernandez has appeared in only three Euroleague games so far this season and in general was not as efficient as he was last season. The guard scored 14 points, grabbed four boards and dished out six assists against low caliber Niznhy Novgorod but overall averages career-low 9.7 points, while shooting career-low 30% from the floor. Still, it is an early stage of the season and that did not affect Fernandez’s position in RealGM positional rankings. Considering that 13-14 season was the best in Fernandez Euroleague career, the former member of thePortland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets deserves to be called the second best shooting guard in the league.

3. Andrew Goudelock (Fenerbahce Ulker, Turkey)

Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 19.3 points (44% 3FG), 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

Andrew Goudelock’s career in Europe is skyrocketing. Last season's Eurocup MVP, Goudelock needed no time to adjust to the highest European level and he is now on a way to possibly win the Euroleague MVP award in his debut season. Surprisingly, Goudelock was ignored by his teammates at crunch time against FC Barcelona and in the very next game he proved them to be wrong. In the game against Bayern Munich, Goudelock managed to make it to the Euroleague history by becoming the first man to sink 10 three-pointers in a single game. One of the league’s leading scorer has been also incredibly reliable as he turned the ball over only five times in 217 minutes he played.  

4. Juan Carlos Navarro (FC Barcelona, Spain)

Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 10 points, 2.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists.

As this is his 17th season with FC Barcelona, 34-year-old veteran Juan Carlos Navarro is the symbol and heart of the Catalonian club. Same as for Fernandez, the beginning of the season was not ideal for Navarro, who averages career-low 10 points per game and makes only 32 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. Navarro tries to rather involve his teammates than score by himself as he averages career-high 4.4 assists per game. However, Navarro has been always known for being clutch and ready when his team needs him in the most important postseason moments. 

5. Keith Langford (Unics, Russia)

Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 17.4 points, 3 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

Keith Langford is one of the most efficient Euroleague scorers when his team plays run and gun style of basketball. Traditionally, Langford is among top scorers in the league as he averages over 17 points per game for the third straight season. Langford is also a player who never shies away from the contact and no surprise he is ranked second in terms of drawn fouls (7.6 per game). Nevertheless, this is not enough for Unics to becoming a winning team as they have a losing record (3-4) and might become the biggest upset of the season.

6. Jaycee Carroll (Real, Spain)

Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 10.1 points (44% 3FG, 92% FT), 1.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists.

If there would be a ranking of the league's biggest offensive threats coming off the bench for the past three seasons, Jaycee Carroll would be an undoubtedly number one. However, Carroll played his career game on a very rare night when he had actually to be in a starting five. Week 3’s game against Nizhny Novgorod was the first Carroll’s start since 2012 and the guard scored a career-high 32 points, making seven three-pointers out of nine attempts.

7. Bogdan Bogdanovic (Fenerbahce Ulker, Turkey)

Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 8.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

After having a great season last year and averaging 14.8 points per game in Euroleague, Bogdan Bogdanovic played an important role while playing for Serbian national team in 2014 FIBA World Cup. At the age of 22, Bogdanovic averaged 27 minutes and 9.4 points per game, including 15 points performance in the final against Team USA. Bogdanovic left his home country this summer and joined Zeljko Obradovic’s Fenerbahce Ulker where he also became an important part of the team straightaway. It seems Bogdanovic is not rushing to join the Phoenix Suns, which drafted him with the 27th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, and will continue to develop his game in Europe over the next few years. 

8. Ricky Hickman (Fenerbahce Ulker, Turkey)

Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 9.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

Ricky Hickman played a very important role for 2014 Euroleague champion Maccabi as he was a consistent starter and scorer throughout the season. Hickman had his career performance in an opening playoffs series game against EA7 Emporio Armani, where he scored 26 points grabbed four boards, while he was also one of the most influential players in the final, where he finished the game with 18 points and six rebounds. However, the guard has a different role with his new team, Fenerbahce Ulker, where Hickman provides instant offence by coming off the bench. 

9. James Anderson (Zalgiris, Lithuania)

Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 16.3 points (41% 3FG, 85% FT), 6.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

It was quite a surprise to see James Anderson, who averaged 10.1 points per game in the NBA last season while playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, signing with mid-level European team Zalgiris Kaunas and taking a challenge to carry Lithuanian club to the Top 16. So far Anderson is extremely effective in his role as he averages 16.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Anderson’s amazing performance against Unics was also one of the best in recent years for Zalgiris as the guard scored 27 points, grabbed 11 boards and dished out four assists. Considering the job Anderson already did in first seven weeks, he seems to be one of the biggest offseason steals in Euroleague.

10. Nihad Djedovic (Bayern, Germany)

Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 11.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

Although it is just a beginning of the season, the early improvement of Nihad Djedovic’s game proves that Bayern Munich made the right decision to extent the contract with the 24-year-old shooting guard for two more years. Despite his still young age, Djedovic seems to be very matured while playing big roles for both Bayern and Bosnian national team and successfully uses his experience wisely in the Euroleague so far this. Djedovic averages 11.7 points for the second straight season but that is not enough for Bayern to get on a winning path as they won only one game out of seven.

Euroleague Power Rankings (Mid-December Edition)

With less than two weeks remaining until the end of its regular season, RealGM presents the Euroleague Power Rankings. We evaluated and ranked all 24 Euroleague teams' performance over their first eight games and their perspective for the next rounds.

Ten teams have already guaranteed their places in the Top 16, while the rest, except Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius and Crvena Zvezda Belgrade, are battling for the final six tickets to the next stage of Euroleague tournament.

The number in brackets shows position in previous ranking.

1. (2) Real Madrid 8-0

Undoubtedly the best Euroleague team right now, Real Madrid started the season with eight wins in both Euroleague and Spanish championship and has a legitimate opportunity to finish 2013 undefeated. Last season’s Euroleague runner-up has seven games left this year and if they manage to win all of them, including the last one against FC Barcelona, they would enter 2014 with a 23-0 (!) record.

2. (1) Fenerbahce Ulker 7-1

Zeljko Obradovic made a huge turnaround in Istanbul changing Fenerbahce Ulker from a team full of big names into a squad that is capable to win it all. Similar to Real, Fenerbahce Ulker’s game is very balanced as four players average more than 11 points per game, while the fifth star, Linas Kleiza, who is averaging 9.3 points and 3.4 rebounds, should likely reach his peak in later stages.

3. (3) Olympiacos Piraeus 8-0

One of two Euroleague teams that remain undefeated, Olympiacos has been on a path to win it all again and pull off a threepeat. Moreover, Vassilis Spanoulis has finally started to play as 12-13 Euroleague MVP, averaging 18.8 points in last four games and also making at least two three-pointers in each of them. Olympiacos already secured first place in group C, therefore the rest two games are just a formality for the reds.

4. (5) FC Barcelona 6-2

After a slow 1-2 start, FC Barcelona is back to its normal rhythm - Xavier Pascual’s team has won five games in a row, including a huge win against Fenerbahce Ulker in Week 7. FC Barcelona still remains one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the lead as they make only 29.4 percent of their long-range shots (23rd result among 24 teams). That has to be improved in order to have a long run in the Euroleague.

5. (4) Maccabi Tel Aviv 6-2

Before moving to the Top 16, Maccabi will probably be the team that has the most experience in clutch situations - in six of eight games that Maccabi has played the margin between the scores was five points or less. Maccabi is currently the leader in group D, thanks to their defense that limits opponents field goal percentage to 43.4 (second best result in the league). And Maccabi will likely stay there till the end of the regular season.

6. (8) Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 6-2

Lokomotiv Kuban already proved to be not only a Top-8 caliber team but also a contender to steal one of the favorites spot in Euroleague Final Four. That would unlikely to happen without former NBA player Derrick Brown, who was named Euroleague’s MVP of November and is averaging 15.4 points and 5.0 rebounds this season. Also, even though Krasnodar has a lot of individually talented players, the team has no problems sharing the ball as they average the second-most assists per game at 20.4.

7. (10) Laboral-Kutxa Vitoria 5-3

It seems that the crisis in Vitoria has stabilized. Without injured Andres Nocioni, Laboral-Kutxa managed to win its last three games, including statement wins against Panathinaikos and Maccabi, and earn an early ticket to the Top 16. Laboral-Kutxa was suffering from early injury bug and now with players getting on the court the Spanish team will be a big threat for every team in the Top 16.

8. (7) CSKA Moscow 5-3

CSKA remains one of the most talented teams on offense on paper that has been failing to match expectations in real games. CSKA scored more than 74 points only once this season and is averaging 72.5 points per game, 2.6 points below the league average. Ettore Messina hasn’t won against an elite team yet, therefore the next game against FC Barcelona could be an opportunity to deliver a statement for CSKA that they desperately need.

9. (12) Galatasaray Istanbul 5-3

First, Galatasaray had to deal with lots of injuries and if that wouldn’t been enough, their savior Pops Mensah-Bonsu, who was unstoppable in his first five games, averaging 13.4 points and 11.4 rebounds, gets disqualified for the rest of regular season for getting involved in a fight against Olympiacos. Fortunately for Galatasaray, the rest of the players managed to get an important win versus Unicaja and secure their spot in Top 16, giving Istanbul some time to fix their issues and stay competitive in Euroleague.

10. (9) Panathinaikos Athens 4-4

The first eight Euroleague games were like a roller-coaster ride for Panathinaikos. The greens have been very unstable as they lost three of their last five games and also had problems with lower caliber teams such Lietuvos Rytas and Crvena Zvezda. The last two matches will be a challenge for Panathinaikos, who may finish the regular season with winning percentage below .500 for the first time in franchise history.

11. (6) Anadolu Efes Istanbul 4-4

Brose Baskets has been this season’s biggest nightmare for Anadolu Efes. In both games Anadolu Efes had a double-digit lead in third quarter but failed to finish strong and had to suffer two surprising losses. Anadolu Efes could be a Top-8 contender if the Turkish team improves their game inside the paint as they are ranked last, 24th in rebounds with grabbing only 28.8 boards per game.

12. (14) EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 4-4

If a loss can ever be a success, losing by seven points against the most dominant team in the league, Real Madrid, is not the worst thing that could happen for EA7 Emporio Armani. Keith Langford is once again having an amazing season and playing as an MVP, averaging 17.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists, but in order to compete for the award Langford needs to do what now seems hardly possible - carry his team all the way to the Top-8.

13. (15) JSF Nanterre 3-5

The biggest surprise of the season, JSF Nanterre is just one small step away from making their Top 16 dream become a reality. JSF Nanterre, which home city has a population of 90,000, beat Partizan in Week 7 and was only five points away from defeating FC Barcelona. To make more noise in the Top 16, the French team should work on their offense, as JSF Nanterre is currently the worst offensive team in the Euroleague, scoring only 64.9 points per game.

14. (23) Montepaschi Siena 3-5

Deja vu all over again for Montepaschi. Last season Montepaschi had a 0-3 start and managed to rebound and make it to the Top-16, while this year Siena’s team started the season with four losses and now once again is trying to make a turnaround. Daniel Hackett, one of the main contenders to win RealGM’s most improved player award, has been the face of Montepaschi this season, putting big numbers (14.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists) on a game-by-game basis.

15. (17) Brose Baskets Bamberg 3-5

Before week 8, Brose Baskets’ chances to advance to the Top 16 seemed to be complicated. However, Zalgiris last-second loss to Strasbourg and their shocking comeback versus Anadolu Efes turned things around and now Brose Baskets is in a favorite position to get to the next round. If both Zalgiris and Brose Baskets lose their next week games, these two teams will meet in Germany in last week’s decisive game. The winner will take it all, while the loser will continue playing in the Eurocup.

16. (21) Zalgiris Kaunas 3-5

Zalgiris was one shot away from reaching their goal and almost securing a place in Top-16, but now everything will likely come down to the last game of regular season. Life would have been much easier for Zalgiris if not for the huge amount of turnovers. Zalgiris leads the league in turning the ball over more than 19 times per game (19.3), 4.5 more than the second worst result.

17. (13) Unicaja Malaga 3-5

After a solid 2-1 start, Unicaja lost four of their last five games and now have nowhere to go. Radical changes in the offseason caused many problems for Unicaja, which might miss the Top 16 stage for the first time since the 2004-05 season. Nevertheless, their season still can be saved in do-or-die type of games against Montepaschi and Bayern, as at least one of these teams won’t make it out of the group.

18. (11) Bayern Munich 3-5

At the beginning of the season, Bayern seemed to have a Euroleague debut of dreams (3-1), but the great start didn’t last long as the German team started to fall in the standings. Bayern has lost their last four Euroleague games and is traveling to Malaga to play a survival match against Malaga. If Bayern doesn’t record a win from there, there is a huge chance that the best rebounding team in the league might end up without a place in the Top-16.

19. (16) Crvena Zvezda Belgrade 2-6

Crvena Zvezda was one of the first two teams to lose all theoretical chances to advance out of the group, but their 2-6 record doesn’t reflect the real strength of this season’s club. The reds lost by more than seven points only once this season as they were many times just a few possessions away from defeating their opponents and getting closer to the Top-16.

20. (22) Stelmet Zielona Gora 2-6

Stelmet has already done as much as Asseco Prokom did last season and after winning two games and still holding a chance to make a huge surprise and reach the Top-16. That wouldn’t be possible if not Vladimir Dragicevic, who is having a career-year and has been playing as an MVP. The 27-year-old Dragicevic is averaging 15.3 points and 7.0 rebounds so far in his debut Euroleague season.

21. (19) Budivelnik Kyiv 1-7

After a promising start, Budivelnik collapsed and became the biggest disappointment of the season. Budivelnik acquired Daequan Cook, who had to save their Euroleague season, but that wasn’t enough to beat Partizan and put them in a very difficult position. In eight games, Budivelnik managed to win only one and that means in order to keep their Top-16 hopes alive Kyiv team has to destroy JSF Nanterre next week by at least 20 points.

22. (24) Strasbourg IG 2-6

Louis Campbell's shot gave Strasbourg IG their second win in last three weeks, but his team's chances to become the first French club in the Top-16 since 2007 are very slim. Strasbourg IG has to beat two top group B teams, EA7 Emporio Armani and Real, and that still doesn’t guarantee anything for the Alexis Ajinca-led Strasbourg IG.

23. (20) Partizan Belgrade 2-6

This had to be the year when Partizan had to get back to Top-16 (where they haven’t played since 2010-11) but the injuries to Davis Bertans and Leo Westermmann limited Belgrade’s team chance to advance. On a positive note, 21-year-old Bogdan Bogdanovic is currently one of the main candidates to win Euroleague young player of the year award as he averages 13.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

24. (18) Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 1-7

What seemed to start as a fairytale ended up a nightmare. Lietuvos Rytas tried to avoid early elimination and was ahead at halftime in both last two games against Panathinaikos and Laboral-Kutxa but couldn’t keep the lead later on. Also a tendency is that opponents’ big men - Boban Marjanovic, James Gist, Lamont Hamilton and others - take advance of Lietuvos Rytas lack of size and play their best game of the season against Vilnius team.

Euroleague Power Rankings For Mid-November

Euroleague has nearly approached Week 5 of its regular season, which is when RealGM traditionally presents the Euroleague Power Rankings. We evaluated and ranked the performance of all 24 Euroleague teams over their first four games and their perspective in future battles.

The number in brackets shows position in previous ranking.

1. (2) Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 4-0

Zeljko Obradovic’s Fenerbahce Ulker has been the most impressive team throughout first four games as their offense is pretty much unstoppable. Fenerbahce Ulker has the best ORtg (offensive rating) in the league and average 124.5 points per 100 possessions. The Turkish team’s offense wouldn’t be as efficient as it is now if Fenerbahce Ulker hadn’t cut its number of turnovers. Fenerbahce Ulker commits only 9.8 turnovers per game, which is the lowest in the competition. In fact, Linas Kleiza hasn’t turned the ball over in his last 90 minutes of action and this is currently the longest active streak.

2. (1) Real Madrid 4-0

Real Madrid hasn’t faced the best Euroleague teams yet, but still has been dominant while playing against lower-caliber clubs. Pablo Laso’s Real has won all four of its games by a total of 98 points and that is more than any 4-0 team since 2000 (previous record was 94). That wouldn’t be possible if not for Nikola Mirotic, whose draft rights are held by the Bulls, and his amazing shooting percentages. Mirotic averages 13.5 points (66% FG, 64% 3FG, 92% FT), 6.3 boards, 1.5 steals and is currently the main candidate to win MVP.

3. (4) Olympiacos Piraeus 4-0

Olympiacos Piraeus is on their way to a threepeat as the Reds are one of only three teams that remained unbeaten through the first four games. Newcomers successfully replaced players that left the team in offseason as Bryatn Dunston, Matt Lojeski and Brent Petway, together average 32.6 points, 15.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Olympiacos should get another win next week as they face Stelmet Zielona Gora and got one step closer on wining group C. 

4. (9) Maccabi Tel Aviv 3-1

Maccabi Tel Aviv didn’t have many problems against Lokomotiv Kuban in Week 3 game and had built up an 18-point lead versus Lietuvos Rytas in Week 4. However, the game with Lietuvos Rytas went down to a Tyrese Rice game-winning shot, but Maccabi still managed to add two important away wins before heading home and hosting Panathinaikos and Laboral Kutxa. Their next two games should define where Maccabi is right now and whether they are worth being ranked in the Top 4.

5. (5) FC Barcelona 2-2

FC Barcelona lost to JSF Nanterre by a final score of 67-71, which was the biggest surprise so far this Euroleague season and just another proof that the Spanish team is far from being in top shape. Also despite having great shooters such as Kostas Papanikolaou, Juan Carlos Navarro and Bostjan Nachbar, FC Barcelona has been struggling with long-range shots and is currently ranked 23rd among 24 Euroleague teams in terms of three-point shooting percentage (28.7%).

6. (7) Anadolu Efes Istanbul 3-1

Even though Anadolu Efes slipped in Bamberg by losing to Brose Baskets, 86-88, Oktay Mahmuti’s team seems to be a Top 8 contender with plenty of offensive and defensive weapons to fight the best. Offensively, Euroleague rookie Scotty Hopson is currently third scoring at 17.8 points per game, while defensively, Anadolu Efes leads the Euroleague in number of opponents turnovers per game - 18.8.

7. (3) CSKA Moscow 2-2

CSKA Moscow continues to struggle to find its identity as they first had a slow start, then failed to compete with FC Barcelona and Fenerbahce Ulker. A team, which likely has the most talent on offense on paper - Nenad Krstic, Sonny Weems, Jeremy Pargo and others - is shockingly ranked 23rd in points per game and managed to score only 66 points on average in its first four Euroleague games.

8. (10) Lokomotiv-Kuban Krasnodar 3-1

In their first serious Euroleague test versus Maccabi, Lokomotiv-Kuban seemed to have their hands tied as Maccabi was already up by 20 (52-32) in the beginning of third quarter. However, Lokomotiv-Kuban rebounded in Athens where they beat Panathinaikos with a last-second shot. The Russian club definitely belongs in the elite eight with their fast and talented team, but it looks like Lokomotiv-Kuban hasn’t used its all offensive potential and still has space to grow.

9. (6) Panathinaikos Athens 2-2

Dimitris Diamantidis, who will turn 34 years old later this season, has been averaging a career-high 8.3 assists per game and shows no signs of slowing down. Equally important, Diamantidis dished out 33 assists in total and committed only three turnovers in 131 minutes spent on the court this season.

10. (8) Laboral-Kutxa Vitoria 2-2 

Sergio Scariolo is once again on the hot seat. Scariolo, who won only 37 percent of his Euroleague games over the past three seasons with Olimpia Milano and Khimki Moscow region, has been struggling to implement his strategies and make Laboral Kutxa a winning team. Vitoria’s team won four games and faced face losses in Spanish championship and Euroleague so far and these results certainly don’t meet the expectations.

11. (11) Bayern Munich 3-1

Seeing Bayern beating Olympiakos and being one of three unbeaten Euroleague had been a huge surprise, but despite losing to the champs, the German team is still on a great pace to make it to the Top 16. Moreover, Bayern did make a surprise as even without healthy Deon Thompson, who should be a leading rebounder in Bayern in a long run, Munich team leads the Euroleague in rebounds with 40.8 per game.

12. (12) Galatasaray Istanbul 2-2

Galatasaray can be a Top 8 contender on two conditions (assuming their healthy). First, Carlos Arroyo needs to be back in shape and start knocking down shots as he did in Week 1. Second, Galatasay needs to fix its defense - they’re ranked 23rd in DRtg (defensive rating) as they have allowed their opponents to score 117.3 (!) points per 100 possessions.

13. (14) Unicaja Malaga 2-2

The absence of injured Nik Caner-Medley is definitely felt in Malaga as Unicaja destroyed Galatasaray with him and was destroyed by Bayern while Caner-Medley was not available. The players of Unicaja still need more time to adjust to Joan Plaza and each other and once this happens, Unicaja should move up in our Euroleague Power Rankings.

14. (16) EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 2-2

EA7 Emporio Armani is on a pace to grab all must-wins against lower-caliber teams, lose all games versus the best and that should be enough to secure them a third place in group B. On a positive note, Alessandro Gentile is currently the top contender to win Euroleague Rising Star award as he’s been averaging 12 points (46% 3FG), 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 23 minutes in first four games.

15. (23) JSF Nanterre 2-2

JSF Nanterre has made the biggest rise in RealGM’s Euroleague Power Rankings by capturing two sensational wins against FC Barcelona (on the road) and giving Budivelnik no chance at home. In order to become a real threat in group A, JSF Nanterre needs to improve its free-throw shooting as they make only 59.3 percent of the shots from the line.

16. (18) Crvena Zvezda Belgrade 1-3

Crvena Zvezda’s fast-paced basketball has finally produced results. Dejan Radonjic’s team beat Laboral Kutxa in last week’s games and kept their Top 16 hopes alive. So far Crvena Zvezda has been doing great work under its own basket, limiting opponents to only 6.5 offensive rebounds per game and this has been the best result in the Euroleague.  

17. (20) Brose Baskets Bamberg 2-2

Amazing performance by Casey Jacobsen, who nailed seven three-pointers, helped Brose Baskets to record a surprise win over Anadolu Efes and become a number one candidate to finish 4th in group B. However, next week’s game against Zalgiris could be decisive as stealing an away win would make Brose Baskets very hard to catch for both Zalgiris and Strasbourg IG. 

18. (13) Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 1-3

After grabbing a sensational win in Week 1, Lietuvos Rytas has been slowing down, mainly due to poor effort and lack of size inside the paint. Lietuvos Rytas allowed its opponents to grab 37.8 rebounds in its first four games and this has been the worst result in the Euroleague. The Lithuanian team also needs a better performance in away games from Milenko Tepic, who has been averaging 1.9 points (16% 3FG) so far this season.

19. (15) Budivelnik Kyiv 1-3

Last week’s loss to JSF Nanterre might be crucial for Budivelnik and their Top 16 hopes as they face FC Barcelona, Fenerbahce Ulker and CSKA in the upcoming three weeks. After promising performances in first two games, now Budivelnik has to start stealing wins from the giants and needs to win at least one of its next three games.    

20. (17) Partizan Belgrade 1-3

The 2012-13 season had to be a year for Leo Westermann to develop his game and adjust to the Euroleague level, but the adjustment period lasts longer than it was expected. While Bogdan Bogdanovic and Joffrey Lauvergne already play as candidates to win Euroleague Rising Star trophy, Westermann is still far behind, averaging 7.8 points (31% FG), 2.8 assists and 2.5 turnovers in 32 minutes. 

21. (19) Zalgiris Kaunas 1-3

Zalgiris Kaunas is the best three-point and free throw shooting team in the league, but the Lithuanian team has used its great range only once this season. Next week’s game against Brose Baskets is a must-win for Zalgiris, and it could also be a special match for team's captain Paulius Jankunas, who is 34 points away from becoming Zalgiris’ all-time leading scorer in European tournaments.

22. (24) Stelmet Zielona Gora 1-3

Euroleague tourists Stelmet won’t be the only Euroleague winless team as they beat Montepaschi in Week 3 and was close to put a surprise in last week’s game against Galatasaray. However, in order tq1o get another victory, Stelmet needs to fix their defense as they are ranked 24th in both opponents points per game (84.5) and steals per game (2.3) categories.

23. (22) Montepaschi Siena 0-4

It was expected that Montepaschi without Bobby Brown might struggle this season, but 0-4 is probably worse than most of Siena’s fans saw in a worst-case scenario. Montepaschi hasn’t lost a single game by more than 10 points, but that's not a big consolation for the supporters as Montepaschi doesn’t seem to be a team that would be able to rebound after a horrible start.

24. (21) Strasbourg IG 0-4

Alexis Ajinca has been playing like an MVP this season, but a one-man team doesn’t usually work in Europe. Ajinca cannot carry Strasbourg IG on his back - the French team is the least efficient Euroleague team in offense (ORtg 93) and third worse defensive team, which allow its opponents to score 115.6 points per 100 possessions. Strasbourg IG is slowly backing out from Top 16 race and now the question is if they can get a single win this season.

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Former UNC Greensboro standout Kyle Hines had an incredible two-year journey from the second Italian league to Euroleague champion throne.

Preseason Euroleague Power Rankings

The 2012-13 Euroleague regular season will begin on October 19th and here are RealGM's preseason power rankings with CSKA, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Fenerbahce Ulker and Olympiacos comprising the top-five.

Americans Winning Titles In Europe

There were 107 American-born players who were on teams that won their league in Europe during the 11-12 season, most notably Montepasch Siena.

2012 Greek Basket League Season In Review

After beating all Euroleague Final Four teams - FC Barcelona in the Euroleague semifinal, CSKA in the final and Panathinaikos in domestic league final, Olympiakos can call itself the king of European basketball.

RealGM's 2011-12 Euroleague Awards

Andrei Kirilenko, Dimitris Diamantidis, Bo McCalebb, Erazem Lorbek and Nenad Krstic were outstanding throughout the 2011-12 Euroleague season.

Top-5 Storylines Of Euroleague's Top-16 Stage

With 16 teams left, RealGM presents the Top Five storylines of Euroleague to keep an eye with teams like CSKA, Zalgiris, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Panathinaikos look to advance.

Euroleague Power Rankings Ahead Of Top-16 Stage

Barcelona, CSKA, Real Madrid, Panathinaikos and Montepaschi Siena headline our objective Euroleague Power Rankings.

Euroleague Round 9, Day 2

A big win for Montepaschi Siena over Barcelona, Sonny Weems and Zalgiris defeat Brose Baskets, Maccabi blows out Anadolu Efes and more from Euroleague RS Week 9.

Season Preview: Greek HEBA A1

Panathinaikos has won ten consecutive Greek titles and the economic crisis of the county has ruled out Olympiakos from signing big name NBA stars during the lockout.
 

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