Final Four survey: The players

May 18, 2017 by Euroleague.net Print
Final Four survey: The players

EuroLeague.net asked the players who went up against CSKA Moscow, Olympiacos Piraeus, Real Madrid and Fenerbahce Istanbul, earlier this season to give their take on what they expect to see and what they think Final Four will play out. Here are their answers:

Nicolo Melli, Brose Bamberg Dogus Balbay, Anadolu Efes Istanbul Brock Motum, Zalgiris Kaunas Mantas Kalnietis, EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
Nicolo Melli - Brose Bamberg Media Day 2016 - EB16
Dogus Balbay - Anadolu Efes Istanbul Media Day - EB16
Brock Motum - Zalgiris Kaunas Media day 2016 - EB16
Mantas Kalnietis - EA7 Emporio Armani Milan Media Day 2016 - EB16
CSKA Moscow - Olympiacos Piraeus CSKA Moscow - Olympiacos Piraeus CSKA Moscow - Olympiacos Piraeus CSKA Moscow - Olympiacos Piraeus
CSKA because after last year win I believe they have a different confidence. Even if Olympiacos is the toughest Final Four opponent. Based on the regular season standings CSKA Moscow has advantage over Olympiacos. I think CSKA will win. They are the defending chaps. Great players, a great team. CSKA is going to prevail in the semifinal. They are just stronger than Olympiacos, more talented.
Fenerbahce Istanbul -Real Madrid Fenerbahce Istanbul -Real Madrid Fenerbahce Istanbul -Real Madrid Fenerbahce Istanbul -Real Madrid
Fenerbache, because they play in Istanbul and they already experienced tough Final Four moments. Both teams' powers are pretty much equal. Fenerbahce will try to use its home court advantage. It will be a tough game. I think Fenerbahce will win. They are playing good, really good basketball right now. They are a tough team to play, and I think they are going to win. Fenerbahce is in great shape. It's going to be a close call but I can see them force their will over Real Madrid.
Championship game Championship game Championship game Championship game
Fenerbache, because they play in Istanbul and after last year's loss they are not going to let it slip one more time. Finals can be between CSKA Moscow and Fenerbahçe. It will be a big battle. It will be a rematch of last year. That will be a really tough one. Maybe Fenerbahce is going to upset CSKA. It will be a replay of last year, but with Fener winning. This is Fenerbahce's year, it looks like they are peaking at the right time. But it's going to be close for sure.
Final Four MVP Final Four MVP Final Four MVP Final Four MVP
Bogdanovic, because he is the most representative player of the team, even if I hope that Gigi Datome can win this individual trophy. MVP candidates for both teams are Nando De Colo for CSKA, and Bogdanovic for Fenerbahce. I’d say Bobby Dixon. Bogdanovic is a killer, I expect him to be sharp, focused and efficient in the final.



Adrien Moerman, Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul Jon Diebler, Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul Kenny Gabriel, Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens Marko Simonovic, Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
Adrien Moerman - Darusafaka Dogus Istanbul Media Day 2016 - EB16
Jon Diebler - Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul Media Day 2016 - EB16
Kenny Gabriel - Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens Media Day 2016 - EC16
Marko Simonovic - Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade - Media Day 2016 - EB16
CSKA Moscow - Olympiacos Piraeus CSKA Moscow - Olympiacos Piraeus CSKA Moscow - Olympiacos Piraeus CSKA Moscow - Olympiacos Piraeus
I choose CSKA Moscow winning. They are very strong team this season. They got a really strong bench, too. So, CSKA. CSKA, because they are the defending champions of Euroleague. I think this game will come down to the wire because both teams play really hard on defense. I think that CSKA will win because of their offense. They can get out in transition and run and they can also score easy points in the half court. Olympiacos and CSKA have rosters with great players, very experienced with great coaches. When you are a player, it is also very important that you must have in teammates who already played that type of matches on that level, and they know how to win Euroleague. Because, in these matches, small details are always important and decisive at the end, this is very crucial. In first semifinal, I will give small advantage to CSKA Moscow.
Fenerbahce Istanbul -Real Madrid Fenerbahce Istanbul -Real Madrid Fenerbahce Istanbul -Real Madrid Fenerbahce Istanbul -Real Madrid
It will be a tough game, it is a rematch of the playoffs last season. I choose Fenerbahce, because they play in Istanbul. They will have crazy fan support, it will be a good game between these two teams. Fenerbahce, because they have the home-court advantage with the game being in Istanbul. I think this game will be tough too! I think Fenerbahce will have the edge because they will basically play in front of their home crowd. This game will for sure come down to who gets more stops and the rebounding war will play a big role in this game! Right now Fenerbahce is complete, healthy, with full roster and in great form. We all know who is their coach, all this things put them in the position of favorites to go all the way to the end. They will have great support from their supporters in Istanbul. Madrid is a great team, you can never underestimate that club with such history and players right now, but home team is favorite in second semifinal.
Championship game Championship game Championship game Championship game
I choose Fenerbahce. They are a Turkish team, they represent our league. They play at home, the will have huge support of the fans, it will be amazing atmosphere over there. I choose Fenerbahce. CSKA in a close game because they are the defending champions. I have CSKA and Fenerbahce in the title game. This game is going to be a fantastic game. Both teams can score in transition and they can both score in the half-court. I think Fenerbahce will be the champion. They will have the edge because of the fans, but most importantly they are a great team with a great coach! Because all these facts and reasons, which I already said when I spoke about second semifinal and Fenerbahce and all their qualities and advantages, I can see them like winners in the championship game.
Final Four MVP Final Four MVP Final Four MVP Final Four MVP
I think Bogdanovic. He played very good in the playoffs, he was MVP of the playoffs. If he keeps playing like that, he will be the MVP. MVP will be De Colo and he will be top scorer of the Final Four. I think either Bogdanovic or Udoh will be MVP! Bogdan can give you 20pts 8 rebounds and 6 assist but Udoh can get you 14 points 11 boards and 4 blocks. Plus he can switch on guards and not too many guards are going to score on him one on one! As I said in first answer, in these type of tournaments and games, small details are always decisive at the end. Creators of these small details and clutch plays are MVP candidates. One of them from winning team will be MVP.



Guy Pnini, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv Keith Langford, Unics Kazan
Guy Pnini - Maccabi Tel Aviv Keith Langford - Unics Kazan Media Day 2016 - EB16
CSKA Moscow - Olympiacos Piraeus CSKA Moscow - Olympiacos Piraeus
CSKA will beat Olympiacos because they are a better and more complete team. CSKA.
Fenerbahce Istanbul -Real Madrid Fenerbahce Istanbul -Real Madrid
Fenerbahce will beat Madrid because of the fans. Fenerbahce
Championship game Championship game
Fenerbahce will beat CSKA because of home court advantage and Obradovic. CSKA will become champion.
Final Four MVP Final Four MVP
Udoh will be selected as the MVP. Milos Teodosic. I feel he is the best overall player in the Final Four.