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The countdown is on for the start of the 2019-20 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season on October 3! The new EuroLeague season once again promises great matchups, week in and week out, but also more teams and games to enjoy than ever before in European club basketball. Season-long drama is in store, that's for certain. Just check out the matchups in Round 23!
Alexey Shved had a career-high 12 assists against Maccabi in Tel Aviv on March 15, 2018.
Zvezda forward Stratos Perperoglou played five seasons and won the 2009 and 2011 EuroLeague titles with Panathinaikos. For the latter championship season, Perperoglou was a teammate of current Panathinaikos players Nick Calathes and Ian Vougioukas.
ASVEL guard Edwin Jackson and Bayern sharpshooter Petteri Koponen were teammates for the second part of the 2017-18 season at FC Barcelona.
Rokas Giedraitis of ALBA and Arturas Gudaitis of Milan were teammates at Rytas Vilnius from 2015 to 2017 and have played together on the Lithuanian national team.
Barcelona players Victor Claver and Pau Ribas played a total of nine seasons with Valencia and won EuroCup titles there in 2010 and 2014, respectively.
Olympiacos head coach David Blatt was an assistant on the Maccabi Tel Aviv squad that won the EuroLeague in 2004 with Zalgiris boss Sarunas Jasikevicius as its point guard.
As Zenit prepares to welcome Fenerbahce for its maiden trip to St Peterburg, it is interesting to note that four different players for the hosts have played professionally in Turkey before and are familiar with Fenerbahce: Colten Iverson, Mateusz Ponitka, Alex Renfroe and Will Thomas.
Baskonia's Luca Vildoza and Patricio Garino have been teammates with Real guards Facundo Campazzo and Nicolas Laprovitola on the Argentinian national team.
CSKA forward Will Clyburn was a teammate of current Efes players James Anderson and Adrien Moerman at Darussafaka Istanbul during the 2016-17 season. CSKA forward Nikita Kurbanov was a teammate of Efes guard Krunoslav Simon at Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar during the 2014-15 campaign. CSKA center Kyle Hines and his Efes counterpart Tibor Pleiss were EuroLeague rookies together during the 2010-11 season with Brose Bamberg.