With new coach Sasa Djordjevic accompanied by a batch of extremely proficient new signings, this season has the texture of one other recent starting for a Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul group that can by no means accept something lower than a critical push for the title.

BACKCOURT

Fenerbahce’s assault will proceed to be powered by arguably the constantly biggest offensive weapon throughout the Turkish Airways EuroLeague over the past decade, Nando De Colo. Though he’s now 34 years, the two-time champion confirmed no signal of slowing down final season, averaging 15.eight factors per sport and having fun with his best-ever season in two-point taking pictures accuracy (58.5%). Swingman Marko Guduric is one other top-quality performer whose dimension, toughness, versatility and scoring prowess will probably be worthwhile. Ball management and distribution will probably be managed by new signing Pierria Henry, who ranked second within the league in assists final season with Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz with a median of seven.three per night time. One other promising newcomer within the backcourt is Marial Shayok, who confirmed excellent kind throughout his first half-season in European basketball by averaging 18.9 factors, 6.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists over 12 Turkish League video games with Frutti Further Bursaspor and can now be desperate to show himself at a better degree. The identical applies to a different new arrival, Ismet Akpinar, after he made only a handful of appearances within the competitors with ALBA Berlin in 2014-15. Three-point taking pictures and management will probably be offered by long-serving group captain Melih Mahmutoglu, whereas children Ekrem Sancakli and Ergi Tirpanci full the backcourt choices for Coach Djordjevic.


FRONTCOURT

In the identical manner that De Colo offers a dependable presence within the backcourt, the identical applies within the paint to Jan Vesely. Some of the thrilling and dominant huge males in competitors historical past delivered one other sturdy marketing campaign in 2020-21 with 13.1 factors and 5.three rebounds per sport to indicate he can nonetheless be a significant power. Two new faces will drastically help Vesely, beginning with Achille Polonara following his summer time transfer from Baskonia. The all-action Italian is a giant menace at each ends of the courtroom; he scored in double digits on 21 events final season whereas additionally rating third within the league for defensive rebounds and fifth in blocked photographs. Fener can even count on a big contribution from new signing Devin Booker, whose energy and athleticism within the paint will rotate completely with Vesely and guarantee opponents are by no means given a second’s respite. One other key participant is Dyshawn Pierre, who does a little bit of every part and had the group’s third-best PIR final season after De Colo and Vesely. With Danilo Barthel, Tarik Biberovic, Ahmet Duverioglu and the returning Metecan Birsen additionally within the roster, there is no such thing as a scarcity of dimension or energy within the Fenerbahce ranks and this won’t be a simple group to compete towards.


PLAYER TO WATCH

De Colo will rating factors and Vesely will dominate the paint – that a lot may be assured. However when it comes to controlling the tempo and rhythm of the motion, an enormous quantity of duty will relaxation on the shoulders of latest signing Pierria Henry. The American level guard has been getting higher and higher with each passing season since first showing on the European stage with ratiopharm Ulm within the 2015-16 EuroCup. He’s an especially dependable presence, showing in all 34 video games for Baskonia final season and averaging practically 27 minutes on the ground. Importantly, Henry additionally offers an lively presence on protection; he led the league in steals in every of the final two seasons and his all-round capability to orchestrate the offense with creativity whereas stifling the opposition with power will probably be essential in permitting De Colo and Vesely the liberty to do what they do higher than virtually anybody else.


OUTLOOK

After lacking out within the playoffs final season – ending a run of 5 straight Ultimate 4 appearances – Fenerbahce will probably be decided to launch a aggressive problem for the title and to please its ferociously loyal horde of followers. Certainly, having supporters again throughout Europe will profit few groups greater than Fenerbahce, which might depend on receiving an additional enhance of power each at house and on the highway. With the brand new recruits including a recent spark whereas the dependable returning quartet of De Colo, Vesely, Guduric and Pierre proceed to supply the heartbeat, if accidents to key gamers may be prevented there’s each potential for the Turkish group to combat for one more title – though, with three of its 4 final video games coming away from house, will probably be important for Fener to determine a robust place heading into the ultimate weeks of the season.