Anadolu Efes Istanbul is Baskonia’s first opponent in the New Era of Euroleague. Coached by Velimir Perasovic is a solid block which has kept the main stars of last season adding some big players who give Anadolu Efes a plus this season.
People are familiar with names such as Heurtel, Osman o captain Balbay but Anadolu Efes has added top level players, specially Bryce Cotton, Tyler Honeycutt or Alen Omic who past season played for Herbalife Gran Canaria.
It’s a kind of squad hold by great shooters –Heurtel, Cotton or Brown –. A very versatile bunch of players who keep counts on the Turkish promise Cedi Osman (4th season appearance).
Anadolu Efes’ four players open the court outside the paint e.g. Barcelona Lassa former player Deshaun Thomas. For Baskonia not allowing Anadolu Efes’ transitions could be one of the keys of the game.
Thomas Heurtel is their main threat but Turkish squad is ready to compete at the highest level in this Euroleague. Shane Larkin’s rhythm and backcourt job will be transcendental for Sito Alonso’s end to control the pace.