Preseason Top 10: 7DAYS EuroCup speedsters

Sep 14, 2020 by Print
Preseason Top 10: 7DAYS EuroCup speedsters

When it comes to picking up the pace, a hallmark of modern basketball and winning teams, it's no surprise that ballhandlers get the nod as the speedsters to watch in the 7DAYS EuroCup this coming season.

1. Codi Miller-McIntyre, Partizan NIS Belgrade

Partizan's new combo guard used his lightning speed to put up 15.2 points while averaging 5.0 assists and 1.8 steals last season for Olimpija, giving him the 12th-best PIR of the EuroCup Regular Season. Opponents will be wary of giving Miller-McIntyre a step anywhere on the court, because once he takes it, there's no catching him.

2. Isaiah Canaan, UNICS Kazan

Canaan is a marquee signing due to begin his European career after playing all or part six seasons for seven NBA teams, during which time he averaged 8.1 and 20.4 minutes in 235 games, including 77 starts. His university team was nicknamed The Racers, and he represents them well.

3. Andrew Albicy, Herbalife Gran Canaria

Albicy's speed has been a given since he turned pro as a teenager in his native Paris and since played for three EuroCup teams, averaging 10.0 points and 5.0 assists over 51 career games. His move to Spain and a Gran Canaria club that historically likes to put up points should unleash Albicy to use his fleetness of foot whether in transition or going one-on-one.

4. Dee Bost, AS Monaco

Bost wears number one and is number one in this ranking due to his role of having run teams in five countries, including three in the EuroCup, leading Monaco it total points and assists last season. With his head up and eyes alert in usually swift transition, Bost makes Monaco a dangerous fastbreak team that has quickly made its mark on the EuroCup.

5. Kendrick Perry, Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana

Olimpija fans are looking forward to seeing Perry's dreadlocks flying behind him in the open court at Arena Stozice, but this EuroCup newcomer also offers them a flash first step that could pay dividends in the half-court offense.

6. Kenneth Smith, Telenet Giants Antwerp

Smith got the nickname "Speedy" by arriving early at his own birth, but he has lived to it during a pro career that has taken him from Latavia to the G League to Hungary and Israel before landing as Antwerp's first signing for the club's, and his, EuroCup debuts.

7. Isaiah Taylor, Maccabi LeZion Rishon

Taylor takes his first steps in Europe after playing two of his first three pro seasons in the NBA, and you can expect those steps to be swift ones. In the open court or breaking down his defender, Taylor combines the kind of speed and quickness that can change games.

8. Kenny Chery, Germani Brescia

On the run to the tune of 15.9 points and 3.3 assists per game as a EuroCup first-timer, ranking seventh in scoring in the regular season, Chery has taken his swiftness to Italy to try to give Brescia a step ahead on the competition in Group B.

9. Andrea De Nicolao, Umana Reyer Venice

A famous EuroLeague star once said it's not how fast your legs are but how quick your mind is. The veteran De Nicolao moves the ball with alacrity, whether dribbling or passing. If he's on the floor, his teammates know it's time to pick up the pace.

10. Kyle Vinales, Lietkabelis Panevezys

A newcomer to the EuroCup, Vinales has worked his way up as a pro from Puerto Rico to Tunisia to Cyprus and Estonia. He's strong as well as fast, equally adept at shooting from deep or beating defenders if they respect his shot too much.