2015-16 Euroleague Draw: Group C at a glance

Jul 10, 2015 by Euroleague.net Print
2015-16 Euroleague Draw: Group C at a glance


FC Barcelona Lassa

FC Barcelona comes off a rare title-free season ready to bounce back right away. Fortunately, Coach Xavi Pascual has his biggest stars from this past season back, including All-Euroleague Second Team center Ante Tomic and the competition’s scoring king, Juan Carlos Navarro. Tomic and shooting guard Alex Abrines both signed new long-term deals with the club, which shows just how much all parties are committed to winning now and in years to come.

Panathinaikos Athens

Panathinaikos Athens comes off a transition season in which the team managed to stay fully competitive and make the most of its combination of experienced stars and up-and-coming talents. New coach Sasha Djordjevic will look to take the team even higher and back to the Final Four. He has the players to accomplish such a task with Dimitris Diamantidis back to lead the way and rising talents small forward Vlantimir Giankovits and guard Nikos Pappas ready for big roles after breakout seasons.

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar returns to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague after a near-perfect Eurocup season. Coach Georgios Bartzokas will roam the sidelines for Lokomotiv this season and he has a hungry and talented group to work with led by returnees Malcolm Delaney, Anthony Randolph and Krunoslav Simon. Lokomotiv enjoyed a fine Euroleague debut season two years ago and its collective experience could help take things to the next level.

Zalgiris Kaunas

Coming off a special and a successful season, Lithuanian champion Zalgiris Kaunas brings high ambitions to the 2015-16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Zalgiris thrives on a strong Lithuanian core, starting with head coach Gintaras Krapikas through veterans Robertas Javtokas and Paulius Jankunas to up-and-coming talents Lukas Lekavicius and Tomas Dimsa, all of whom remain from last year. The expected addition of a foreign player or two, good chemistry and fantastic crowds at Zalgirio Arena should have Zalgiris shining again this season.

Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir

A Turkish Airlines Euroleague newcomer, Pinar Karsiyaka comes off its best season ever and wants to keep its momentum going. Karsiyaka won the Turkish League and managed to keep two of the main pieces that led the club so such great success - explosive swingman Kenny Gabriel and rock-solid big man Juan Palacios. Head coach Ufuk Sarica will have a competitive roster available, as Karsiyaka is well-known for its ability to scout and find great talent everywhere, as well as for its outstanding fan base.

Stelmet Zielona Gora

Polish League champion Stelmet Zielona Gora is back to the Euroleague for the second time in three years. Head coach Saso Filipovski relies on a very experienced roster in which center Adam Hrycaniuk, scoring ace Przemyslaw Zamojski and playmaker Lukasz Koszarek will play a big role in this team. The addition of playmaker Russell Robinson points out that Zielona Gora will have a deep team ready to make noise in the competition, making its own fans really proud.