Team Focus 2012-13: CSKA Moscow

Oct 09, 2012 by Euroleague.net Print
Team Focus 2012-13: CSKA Moscow
ROSTER
4
TEODOSIC, MILOS
G
1.95
5
MICOV, VLADIMIR
F
2.01
7
JACKSON, AARON
G
1.93
11
SOKOLOV, DMITRY
C
2.14
12
KRSTIC, NENAD
C
2.12
13
WEEMS, SONNY
F
1.98
14
ZOZULIN, ALEKSEY
G
1.99
17
ERCEG, ZORAN
C
2.11
18
VORONOV, EUGENY
G
1.94
20
VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY
F
2.04
21
NICHOLAS, DREW
G
1.93
24
KAUN, SASHA
C
2.13
31
KHRYAPA, VIKTOR
F
2.03
33
PONKRASHOV, ANTON
F
2.00
Head Coach: MESSINA, ETTORE

2011-12 Results
Euroleague:
Regular Season
10-0
Top 16
5-1
Playoffs
3-1
Final Four
1-1, Finalist
Russian League:
Champion
VTB League:
Champion


HISTORIC RESULTS

2011-12: 19-3, Final Four
2010-11: 3-7, Regular Season
2009-10: 17-5, Final Four
2008-09: 16-5, Final Four
2007-08: 20-5, Champion
2006-07: 22-3, Final Four
2005-06: 19-5, Champion
2004-05: 21-3, Final Four
2003-04: 17-5, Final Four
2002-03: 17-5, Final Four
2001-02: 11-9, Top 16



WHAT'S NEW
Perennial Russian champion CSKA Moscow reunited with the man who took the team to its last two Euroleague titles and four consecutive final game appearances. Ettore Messina is again CSKA's head coach and he has several new parts to make another run at glory with. CSKA added creativity with point guard Aaron Jackson and point forward Vladimir Micov, while also improving its scoring with former Ford Trophy winner Drew Nicholas, explosive scorer Sonny Weems and veteran swingman Aleksey Zozulin. To improve the frontcourt, Messina added versatile big man Zoran Erceg to an already experienced mix.

CSKA Moscow Media Day

THE BACKCOURT
Former Euroleague MVP Milos Teodosic is what fuels this team, and the brilliant playmaker will be surrounded by players who can ease his workload during the long season. CSKA can throw at its opponents the quickness of Jackson, great size and court vision of Anton Ponkrashov, or even use forward Micov - who shined as a glue-guy on teams in the past - in a part-time-playmaker role. In addition to the variety at point guard, there will be more balance on the perimeter with former Euroleague scoring champ Nicholas and defense stud Evgeniy Voronov. Reliable three-point shooter Zozulin rounds-out a group that has all the pieces to shine on offense and defense alike.

THE FRONTCOURT
One of the most experienced and deepest frontcourts on the continent got a boost with the addition of Weems, the Euroleague's third-best scorer last season. The athletic and exciting small forward should fit perfectly with his explosiveness alongside do-it-all forward Viktor Khryapa and versatile Andrey Vorontsevich. With Khryapa leading the way, the trio will have the task of holding together CSKA's traditionally physical defense. All-Euroleague center Nenad Krstic is the another keystone in paint, while the ever-improving Sasha Kaun has the size and strength to compete with any center in the league. Newcomer Erceg should carve out a nice role with his outside shooting and ability to dominate the glass.

OUTLOOK
CSKA brought back much of the well-oiled offense that led the Euroleague in assists and total points scored and came within a shot of winning it all. And while the very ending of the otherwise dominant last season left a bitter taste in the mouth, CSKA's roster looks even deeper this season, and anything short of a trip to London would come as a surprise.


Aaron Jackson joins CSKA
PLAYER TO WATCH: Aaron Jackson
After breaking the ice in an impressive debut last season, Jackson gets another chance to shine in the Euroleague. He figures to take on lots of responsibility in running this talent-laden team, and to use his energy and toughness to set the tone on defensive end. As the sparkplug that could get his team going in a hurry, Jackson could be the player that puts CSKA over the top this season.