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Brooklyn Nets Stash Sasha Vezenkov Reclaims Form

It took Sasha Vezenkov 16 minutes to notch a EuroLeague season-high. Via a complete performance where he put his mark on both ends of the floor, the Brooklyn Nets’ 2017 second-round pick gave a glimpse of his sheer offensive capacity. Especially when it comes to nailing buckets from long range. 14 points (on 4-of-6 two-pointers,…

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NBA Draft Prospect Yovel Zoosman Can Be EuroLeague’s Rising Star

Maccabi Tel Aviv swingman Yovel Zoosman was five years old in 2004—the last time his current team beat CSKA Moscow away from home. On Friday, he was the MVP in the Israeli side’s first road win over the Russian powerhouse (93-76) in 15 years. Before the match against CSKA, Zoosman (currently projected to be a…

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How Goga Bitadze is Increasing His NBA Draft Stock

After the first two EuroLeague games of his career, Goga Bitadze has already become the favorite to win the 2019 Rising Star trophy. He’s catapulting his value in the upcoming NBA Draft. At 19 years of age, Bitadze is averaging 20 points (on 67.57 percent true shooting), 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.0 assists over…

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The Challenges Rick Pitino Will Face in Europe

The news that Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino was taking the helm at Greek EuroLeague club Panathinaikos Athens sent a shockwave all over the basketball globe. Pitino’s agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that his client had agreed to a deal with Panathinaikos and will return to coaching 14 months after being fired by Louisville…

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5 Observations for EuroLeague Monster Nikola Milutinov

San Antonio Spurs stashed center Nikola Milutinov had the best game of his EuroLeague career Dec. 12, pushing Olympiacos to a key 69-60 road win over Barcelona. While Milutinov has scored more in other matches, he never had such a magnificent all-around impact for Olympiacos. The Serbian center finished with 18 points (5-8 from the…

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Tale of 2 Nikolas: Milutinov, Radicevic’s Game-Winning Impact

NBA’s Serbian draft-and-stash players provided some game-winning performances for their teams in Round 12 of the EuroLeague regular season, beginning with a battle between the fourth and fifth-placed teams: Milutinov spoils Serbian national teammate Micic’s career night San Antonio Spurs-stash Nikola Milutinov and Olympiacos Piraeus had a bit of redeeming to do vs. Anadolu Efes…

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Marcus Eriksson, Anzejs Pasecniks Overshadow Arturas Gudaitis

Three stashed players who might appear in the NBA next season just starred in one of 2018-2019 EuroLeague’s biggest upsets. Gran Canaria had nothing to lose and much to win ahead of its road game against Olimpia Milano while entering a transitional period following head coach Salva Maldonado’s firing (mostly due to the poor ACB record…

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Switching defenses have followed the Warriors lead.

What’s Behind NBA’s Switching Revolution

If ten years ago I told you that a team would win three out of four NBA Championships by employing a switching man-to-man defense, you’d have likely said that was garbage. Switching is for rec league, for the lazy guy that doesn’t want to get around a screen. It isn’t an aggressive strategy, just a…

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The Evolution Towards Positionless Basketball

A lot can change in twenty years. Two decades ago, Michael Jordan had just retired and an era of post-up basketball took over. The San Antonio Spurs won an NBA Championship with Tim Duncan and David Robinson towering on the blocks. Shaquille O’Neal was perhaps the most dominant back-to-the-basket scorer in the league. The NBA…

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