The Italian champion under the tutelage of one of the best young coaching minds in the business in Simone Pianigiani is on pace to make a run at the Final Four for the second year in a row. All-Euroleague performers Terrell McIntyre and Ksistof Lavrinovic continue to shine for Montepaschi, while the addition of scorer Henry Domercant to the core of Rimas Kaukenas, Romain Sato and Shaun Stonerook makes this team one of the most dangerous on the continent and a Euroleague title contender.
The Turkish champs feature one of the youngest and deepest teams in the Euroleague and seem to get better from week to week under head coach Bogdan Tanjevic. Injuries caused important players like Gordan Giricek and Omer Asik to miss the entire regular season, while others like Omer Onan and Semih Erden also missed time. With a healthy squad, led by rebounding king Mirsad Turkcan, big man Oguz Savas, sharpshooter Damir Mrsic Kaan and playmaker Marques Green, Fenerbahce Ulker has plenty of reason to believe that this is its year.
Under new coach Velimir Perasovic, Cibona began the season 4-1 for its best start in years as it cruised to the Top 16. Late in the season, the club added former Euroleague champ Bruno Sundov and scorer Alan Anderson to the core that includes surprise star Earl Calloway and veterans Davor Kus and Niksa Prkacin. Once the newcomers gel with the rest of the team, Cibona will have a deep, well-balanced and dangerous team that will turn some heads as it aims for a spot in the Quarterfinal Playoffs.