The title tells it all – basketball experts are going to tell you what they think of the Lithuanian team chances in the upcoming Euroleague games as well as a weekly question about European hoops in general. The panel will consist of well-respected coaches (Luka Bassin and Tane Spasev), scouts (Alejandro Gonzalez and Rafael Uehara) and many different basketball writers (Arkadios Chasirides, Christophe Ney, John Hobbs, Nick Gibson, Os Davis, Sebastian Komianos, Simon Jatsch) and even a pro basketball player Milan Prodanovic. I can assure you that these clever minds will all surely have something interesting to share.
To make it even more interesting, there’s a catch involved as each of the experts had only one limitation in the process – the thoughts had to fit in a tweet (140 characters).
THE TURKS SMARTER THAN MAD VLAD
Alejandro Gonzalez: Istanbul is not a good place to go when your team is a mess. I don’t rule Zalgiris win out, but I’m going with Fener in this one.
Arkadios Chasirides: Time for payback for Saras… Fener.
Christophe Ney: Fenerbahce without problems.
Luka Bassin: It could be interesting match, but think that Fenerbahce is too strong and will win in front of its crowded Arena again.
Milan Prodanovic: Zalgiris riding a wave of confidence after a tough loss last week.
Nick Gibson: Tomas and Pocius have both turned it on from the wing, but Roko Ukic > DeJaun Collins. Fenerbahçe Ülker for the win.
Rafael Uehara: Fenerbahçe. Ülker is a title contender. Zalgiris is just a mess.
Sebastian Komianos: Fener. Can’t see them giving Zalgiris ANY chances.
Simon Jatsch: Fenerbahce, although I expect it to be close.
Tane Spasev: Fener will play good D, good match up for them. Fener by 12.
THE BATTLE OF THE UNPREDICTABLES
Alejandro Gonzalez: Hard one. I feel like trying to guess how’s Schrodinger’s cat doing…I think the Spanish cat is alive. Unicaja for the win.
Arkadios Chasirides: In Lietuvos Rytas we trust. Or do we? What the heck…
Christophe Ney: Unicaja.
Luka Bassin: Unicaja is probably the worst ACB team in Euroleague but still too strong for LR… Even you never know when it comes to LIT teams. Unicaja W.
Milan Prodanovic: Rytas comes off strong after last week’s win and gets the W.
Nick Gibson: If Khalid El-Amin goes off, Rytas has a chance. Valanciunas needs 25 minutes of PT to harass Freeland. I don’t see it happening. Unicaja.
Rafael Uehara: Rytas. They beat Caja Laboral in Victoria. Although, Unicaja just pushed Caja Laboral in Victoria, so I don’t know what to make of that.
Sebastian Komianos: Malaga vs Rytas is a strange one, I am going for a tie. Seriously, should be interesting.
Simon Jatsch: Difficult one. Both teams don’t play a whole lot of defense. I’m going with Unicaja, but could go either way.
Tane Spasev: Unicaja not in good shape, as noted before on Twitter – it seems like they have problems in the organization… A sure win for them though, Uni by 8.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Alejandro Gonzalez: I would like to see the good players in Europe, not in the NBA, but if you want me to pick one: Valanciunas, of course. Maybe Jogela…
Arkadios Chasirides: Brown, Watson, Collins, Samhan, Strawberry, El-Amin, Newley … basically any non-European should go and not come back.
Christophe Ney: I would like to see Boban Marjanovic in the NBA to see what he could do on that level.
Luka Bassin: NBA? Mirza Begić…ooops, he is in Real. I would like to see Žalgiris GM in NBA as owner of the team 🙂
Milan Prodanovic: Without a doubt Marjanovic!
Nick Gibson: Valanciunas is the easy answer, but I think Pocius fits the role player billing: athletic, energetic and assertive. It could work.
Rafael Uehara: Valanciunas and Kuzminskas are the easy choices but I’d actually like to see Pocius and Kalnietis. Would’ve been reliable bench players.
Sebastian Komianos: As for the last question, how about El Amin? Pocius must be the obvious choice so I’ll go with Valanciunas, after 2-3 years in Olympiakos!
Simon Jatsch: DeJuan Collins.
Tane Spasev: Jonas Valanciunas.