After leaving the team of Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78), Tutku Acik (194-G-80), Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA), Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90) and especially Jamon Lucas Gordon (191-SG-84), it is thought to be that the guard position, which is said to be the strongest position of the team for the years, would loose power. Under the control of the former coach Oktay Mahmudi (agency: Beo Basket ), David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) was a well disciplined defensive team. But it seems that the new guards of the team will add a scorer support to the team.
Ender Arslan known best with the penetrating dribblings will share his period with Engin Atsur (193-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: N.Carolina St.). Engin Atsur is both a penetrator and a dangerous scorer. Despite his young age, Goksenin Koksal was the key of the defence and is used to stop the best shooter of the opponents last season. And is wondered that how will coach Ataman will use him. Henry Domercant (194-G-80-college: E.Illinois), a good rebounder and an athletic defencer, will help Goksenin Koksal in the needs of defence. The shooting skills of Domercant seems to mend the leaving of Jaka Lakovic, who is known as one of the best shooters of Europe ever, will help the forward position.
Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) had also good season with CSKA Moscow in Russia and also in Euroleague. He is used to be in a competitive race in his position with his former team. Ergin Ataman (agency: Beo Basket ) did the best in coaching with not a wide rotationed team last year and the guard position decisions will force him most for the next season.
After a delighting season no doubt on David Hawkins had the biggest shareout of his team Besiktas Istanbul, winning the three cups last season. With athletic skills and best decisions in the game he will be a joker player for his coach at least one more season. He will also be the best solution with Cenk Akyol (198-G/F-87) for the shooter position of the team.
Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul had problems in power forward and center positions in Euroleague and the final four of the Beko Basketball Leaugue. According the most, these positions were the reason not to qualify upper grades of the team. So coach Ataman was very carefull to choose the players for these positions.
In his first season in Euroleague and David Hawkins, Furkan Aldemir did more than his best. He was a talented young player in the softest position of his team. This year he will be in a race with the worlwide star Milan Macvan (205-PF-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group). Milan Macvan is the proof of the next years teams aggressive and fighter side. It is obvious that Macvan is not a transfer just for the Turkish Leugue, he is also a good preparation for the Euroleague for the future seasons. Last season showed that the team and the glamorous atmosphere of Abdi Ipekci Arena, Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul is very strong-willed to join the Euroleague organisation again.
Coach Ataman will have his fighter center and power forward star Ersin Dagli (203-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) (203-FG-81-college: Alabama) in next year in his new team again. He was the best choice in long positions. He likes to fight with the longer opponents in the center positions and also is a good scorer around the line.
A very well working style of coach Ergin Ataman (agency: Beo Basket ) is easily appreciable. A team, combined of contender players with the talented youngsters. The transfer of Ersin Dagli and David Hawkins shows that the working system will be repeated for the upcoming season. The position of the fighter, athletic center position which was filled by Pops Mensah-Bonsou (206-F-83-college: G.Washington) in Besiktas Istanbul will be filled by a similar player, Boniface Ndong (213-C-77). Boniface Ndong will also be a model for the young players as Furkan Aldemir and Sertac Sanli with his experience. Except the disappointment of Ilkan Karaman, it is seen that the team is in a preparation for being stable in Euroleague. It is sure that Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul will continue being a fighting team this year and will be in the race To the last ball as they say. And Coach Ataman wants to have the Eurocup and Beko Turkish Basketball League cups for the upcoming season with another team.
Recap of TBL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - 1 day ago
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Eskisehir Basket - Istanbulspor 99-67 Eskisehir Basket dropped Istanbulspor to take 1-0 lead. Eskisehir Basket outrebounded Istanbulspor 45-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Istanbulspor's players. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Sean Marshall (198-85, c... [read more]
Eskisehir Basket dropped Istanbulspor to take 1-0 lead. Eskisehir Basket outrebounded Istanbulspor 45-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Istanbulspor's players. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Sean Marshall (198-85, college: Boston Coll.) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Brandon Brown (201-85, college: CS San Bernar.) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and guard Elijah Johnson (192-90, college: Kansas) added 19 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Eskisehir Basket: S.Marshall 24+5reb+3ast, J.Duncan 22+12reb+1ast, Y.Sonsirma 13+2reb+2ast, E.Cosar 9+2ast, B.Tuncer 8+2reb+13ast, G.Yazicioglu 8+7reb+2ast Istanbulspor: E.Johnson 19+2reb+3ast, B.Brown 15+9reb+1ast, A.Guney 8+4reb+3ast, B.Selen 7+1reb+1ast, G.Ozan Dilik 7+5reb, M.Bakir Gorur 5+3reb+1ast
Acibadem rallied past Socar Petkim in the opener. Socar Petkim was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana) nailed 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Jason Maxiell (201-83, college: Cincinnati) accounted for 18 points and 11 rebounds. Four Acibadem players scored in double figures. American point guard TJ Campbell (175-88, college: Portland) came up with 17 points and 5 assists and Bosnian power forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-81) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Socar Petkim in the defeat. Socar Petkim's coach Burak Goren rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Acibadem: B.Wright 20+9reb+6ast, J.Maxiell 18+11reb+1ast, C.Altintig 13+3reb+1ast, T.Acik 10+4ast, C.Ozer 9+7reb+3ast, C.Erdeniz 2+1reb+1ast Socar Petkim: T.Campbell 17+4reb+5ast, K.Bajramovic 16+5reb+1ast, P.Kaya 12+5reb+2ast, S.Ergin 7+1reb+2ast, R.Dogrusoz 7+3reb+2ast, U.Peker 2+2reb
Bursaspor held off visiting Afyon to gain the opening victory. Bursaspor dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Afyon Bld's 20 and made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Bursaspor looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Serbian power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-86, agency: BeoBasket) fired 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Croatian guard Karlo Vragovic (192-89, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 17 points. Forward Hadi Ozdemir (203-83) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international point guard Ibrahim Yildirim (190-90) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Top scorers: Bursaspor: D.Borovnjak 26+8reb+4ast, K.Vragovic 17+3reb+1ast, S.Ekmen 12+4reb+1ast, C.Coskun 10+1reb, E.Ilter 7+3reb+6ast, B.Erol 2+5reb+6ast Afyon: S.Mentese 15+2ast, I.Yildirim 14+4reb+2ast, H.Ozdemir 12+11reb+4ast, E.Bayav 9+3reb, G.Orcun Tunca 3+3reb+2ast, J.Jefferson 3+3reb+1ast
Sakarya BSB topped Turk Telekom for 1-0 advantage. Sakarya BSB made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Sakarya BSB outrebounded Turk Telekom 45-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. American center Charles Jackson (208-93, college: Tenn Tech) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward Kerem Ozkan (201-88) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Sakarya BSB's coach Burak Selcuk Ernak used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American power forward Darryl Monroe (201-86, college: George Mason) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import point guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Sakarya BSB and four Turk Telekom players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Sakarya BSB: K.Ozkan 18+9reb+1ast, C.Jackson 18+11reb+1ast, K.Gonlum 12+10reb+1ast, C.Harris 11+3reb+1ast, H.Yapar 10+6reb+7ast, F.Can Akin 10+2reb+3ast Turk Telekom: D.Monroe 19+13reb+4ast, T.McKee 17+5reb+6ast, M.Ozdogan 15+1reb+1ast, S.Cetin 14+4reb+4ast, O.Gokhan 6, A.Cantitiz 6+5reb+3ast
Jerry Smith (ex Samsun) signs at Chalons-Reims - 2 days ago
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Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) landed 30-year old American point guard Jerry Smith (188-87kg-87, college: Louisville, agency: HMS). He started the season at Samsunspor DSI in Turkish TBL league. In 34 games he averaged impressive 20.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Smith played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL where in 33 games he had 12.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.5spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.... [read more]
Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) landed 30-year old American point guard Jerry Smith (188-87kg-87, college: Louisville, agency: HMS). He started the season at Samsunspor DSI in Turkish TBL league. In 34 games he averaged impressive 20.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Smith played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL where in 33 games he had 12.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.5spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. In 2010 Springfield Armor selected him as fifth overall pick in D-League draft. He attended University of Louisville and it is his seventh season in pro basketball. Smith has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. Among other achievements he won D-League East Conference championship title in 2012. Smith received also Gatorade D-League All-Defensive 1st Team award back in 2012. He is a very experienced player. Smith has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Smith has played previously professionally in Israel (Maccabi Rishon and Hapoel Holon), Italy (AV Cantu and Verona), New Zealand (Pistons), NBA (Brooklyn Nets) and D-League (Springfield A.). His game is described as:
A powerful combo guard who has great athletic skills and knows how to score. Great personality, he can spend time at the point too, but seems an ideal specimen for the 2 spot at European level.
Crocker number one in Turkey for round 27 - 5 days ago
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American Forward Tony Crocker (200-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for TOFAS, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27. The 29-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, four rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Usak (#14, 8-19) 82-69. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Tofas maintains the 9th position in Turkish BSL. Tofas is a typical sol... [read more]
American Forward Tony Crocker (200-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for TOFAS, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27. The 29-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, four rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Usak (#14, 8-19) 82-69. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Tofas maintains the 9th position in Turkish BSL. Tofas is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-15 record. In the team's last game Crocker had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Tofas' top player in his first season with the team. Tony Crocker averages this season 14.5ppg.
The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American Ike Ofoegbu (205-PF-84) of Best Balikesir. Ofoegbu had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Best Balikesir lost that game 77-84 to the higher-ranked Istanbul BBSK (#10, 11-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Best Balikesir keeps 15th position. 21 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Best Balikesir managed to get this year. Ofoegbu is a newcomer at Best Balikesir, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was Dominican Rep. swingman Sammy Mejia (198-F/G-83) of Tofas (#9). Mejia showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, five rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Tofas, leading his team to a 82-69 easy win against the lower-ranked Usak (#14, 8-19). The chances of Tofas ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mejia could help Tofas to bring them higher in the standings. Mejia has a very solid season. In 27 games in Turkey he scored 14.9ppg. He also has 5.1rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 62.3% and 3PT: 41.6%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Delroy James (203-F-87) of Best Balikesir - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Ian Hummer (201-F-90) of TED Kolejliler - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Angelo Caloiaro (205-F-89) of Demir IBB - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Emir Gokalp (185-PG-95) of Banvit BK - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Austin Daye (211-F-88) of Galatasaray - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Andrija Stipanovic (209-C-86) of Demir IBB - 16 points and 7 rebounds 10. Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80) of Tofas - 18 points and 3 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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