ALBA Berlin has made it to the Top 16 in each of its last three Euroleague appearance. Its next challenge is trying to become the first German team to reach to the Euroleague playoffs. ALBA players had very well-defined roles as the squad played team-first basketball. Jamel McLean (14.3 ppg., 5.7 rpg.) and Reggie Redding (12.1 ppg., 4.6 rpg., 4.1 apg.) have been its main references until now. ALBA ranked sixth in assists and just 17th in scoring at the end of the regular season, which shows just how well it has shared the ball. A patient offense could be the key to reaching bigger goals.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Spanish teams have been a challenge for ALBA Berlin going back to the turn of the century. Since 2000, ALBA has an 8-12 record at home against teams from Spain – with some seven different teams gaining road wins in the German capital. ALBA has won its last three home games against Spanish teams - including a 79-78 triumph this season against Unicaja Malaga – and now faces a big challenge against Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Since 2000, ALBA has a combined 0-10 record against these teams. Will things change in the 2014-15 Top 16?
GOING FORWARD: ALBA lost three games at home and will need to be more consistent in front of its fans if it wants to battle for a playoffs spot. ALBA had a limited backcourt rotation due to injuries - Jonathan Tabu still missed the entire regular season, while Redding and Vojdan Stojanovski missed some games, too. ALBA ranks last among all Top 16 teams in free throw accuracy (65.9%), is second in fouls committed (23.1 per game) and third in turnovers (15.1 per game), so even though the team is doing well, it knows in what areas it must improve to challenge for a playoffs spot.