Last 16, Group L rundown

Jan 22, 2010 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Turk Telekom
Crvena Zvezda
Gran Canaria 2014
CEZ Nymburk
Group L boasts plenty of balance at the start of the Last 16, with four clubs that can only be called veterans of the competition, having combined for 20 Eurocup seasons among them. Three of teams - Gran Canaria 2014, CEZ Nymburk and Turk Telekom - are trying to rewrite their own history by registering their best results ever in European club competitions. Meanwhile, Crvena Zvezda won the Cup Winners' Cup trophy in 1974 and is hoping to use it as an inspiration in its current Eurocup run. Zvezda ranks high in points (83 ppg.), index ranking (87.2 per game) and least turnovers (13.2 per game). Gran Canaria is the third-best defense in the competition (69.3 ppg.) and ranks fifth in rebounds (209) but is next-to-last in three-point percentage (29%). Speaking on defense, Nymburk has the best one in the competition so far (67.5 ppg.) but also ranks last in total rebounds (168). Nymburk is already the first Czech team to make it to the Eurocup Last 16 - but is expecting to reach even higher, backed by thousands of diehard fans. Telekom is right behind Nymburk (179) in total rebounds among Last 16 qualifiers. It leads all Last 16 teams in free throw percentage (81.9%) and is second in assists (105) and three-point accuracy (45.2%)
TURK TELEKOM
Was second in Group E with a 3-3 record. Is on a two-game winning streak.
THE STAR
Lamayne Wilson - Turk Telekom
LAMAYNE WILSON
Versatile, athletic and ready, Wilson has been a nightmare of all defenders due to his deep range and quickness. Wilson has averaged 19.4 points in 5 games. He leads the league in three-pointers made per game (4.2), with an impressing 61.8% - 21-of-34.
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Serkan Erdogan - Turk Telekom
SERKAN ERDOGAN
Arguably one of the best shooters in Europe, Erdogan missed three Eurocup games due to injury. Erdogan is back in action ready to prove that his scoring skills and unlimited range are intact. At age 31, Erdogan is ready to lead Telekom to bigger heights.
THE FACT
Demond Mallet - Turk telekom
Demond Mallet is the only Eurocup champion in Group L. He helped DKV Joventut to win the competition in 2008. Mallet scored 26 points on 6-of-8 three-pointers to make Joventut beat Akasvayu Girona 54-79 in the title game in Torino, Italy.
CRVENA ZVEZDA
Won Group C with a 5-1 record and is on a three-game winning streak.
THE STAR
Tadija Dragicevic - Crvena Zvezda
TADIJA DRAGICEVIC
Arguably one of the most talented power forwards in the competition, Dragicevic has scored in double digits in eachof his team's five wins this far. Dragicevic left his injury problems in the past and is ready for what could be a breakout Last 16 for me.
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Vuk Radivojevic - Crvena Zvezda
VUK RADIVOJEVIC
A well-rounded combo guard, Radivojevic returned to Zvezda this summer and has become the silent leader in this team. He leads the team in index ranking (13.7) and assists (3.8 apg.). Radivojevic shines in big games, so his time is set to come starting next week.
THE FACT
player Crvena Zvezda celebrates in Treviso - Crvena Zvezda
Crvena Zvezda is the winningest team in competiton history to have never reached the semifinals. Its combined Eurocup record is 44-36 over seven seasons.
GRAN CANARIA 2014
Was second in Group G with a 4-2 record. Is undefeated at home.
THE STAR
Jaycee Carroll - Gran Canaria 2014
JAYCEE CARROLL
A great scorer ready to bounce back from an underacheiving regular season, Gran Canaria needs Carroll to be its go-to guy to get one step higher in the competition. Carroll (12.7 ppg.) has shined in the Spanish League and is ready to do so in the Last 16.
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Sitapha Savane - Gran Canaria 2014 (photo Gran Canaria)
SITAPHA SAVANE
Few players have the influence in his own team that Savane has in Gran Canaria. Strong, athletic and hard-working, Savane is the silent leader of a team with enough experience, talent, bench depth and fan base to fight for a quarterfinals spot - and maybe further
THE FACT
Will McDonald - Gran Canaria 2014 (photo cbgrancanaria.net)
Gran Canaria has seven US players but only Carroll and James Augustine don't have double nationality. Marcus Norris got the Croatian passport, Josh Fisher and Will McDonald can play as Spanish, Jim Moran is Irish-American and Melvin Sanders is also Georgian. Add that Savane is Senegalese and Daniel Kickert Australian with a Dutch passport and Gran Canaria is a one-of-a-kind team.
CEZ NYMBURK
Won Group H with a 4-2 record. Is also undefeated at home.
THE STAR
Arthur Lee - CEZ Nymburk
ARTHUR LEE
In his third season at Nymburk, Lee not only has become its floor general but a fan-favourite due to his clutch performance and court vision. Lee proved to be Nymburk's go-to guy, as it leads the team in scoring (12.8 ppg.), assists (2.8 apg.), steals (1.8 spg.) and index (13).
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Ronald Lewis - CEZ Nymburk
RON LEWIS
He needed an adjustment period to show his best basketball, but Lewis stepped up when his team needed it most. Lewis bounced back by averaging 19 points in Nymburk's final 2 regular season wins that opened the door to the Last 16. Expect him to keep improving.
THE FACT
Petr Benda - CEZ Nymburk
Six Nymburk players - Lee, Petr Benda, Ladislav Sokolovsky, Pavel Slezak, Michal Kremen and Radek Necas - have played together in three consecutive Eurocup seasons. With a solid core of players and its marquee additions this season, Nymburk may go further than initially expected.