2008 Euroleague Gameday 1
By Simon Dresden
Those who NBA Teams come to see:
Jennings (Roma) made his much awaited Euroleague debut against Alba Berlin. He held his own, making some shots in 22 minutes but wasn’t a difference maker this time. His stat line included
(3-7 from 3) (3-9 fg overall from the floor) 9 points, 0 assists, 2 rebs, 1 steal
and 1 turnover. While Europe's style of game won't allow him to easily showcase
himself, it will likely be a valuable learning experience for him in the long
run. He showed some promise nonetheless and clearly can play at this level.
Emir Preldzic (Fenerbahce) could be in store for a breakout season. He started on a losing
Luigi Datome had very productive and team/game high 13 points in 13 minutes, he showed that his offence is up to date and games like that may make his coach use him more next time around.
Janavicius (Zalgiris) gave a sizzling debut on the big stage.
Milenko Tepic (Partizan) got a lot of minutes but was supprisingly unproductive due to being totally off with his shot.
Sergio Llull (Real) filled the stat sheet nicely as he played a huge 22 minutes displaying a presence on the court that wasn’t there last year. He has really grown up and progressed.
Oguz Savas (Fenerbahce) picked up where he left off last season, bullying inside for 11 points in solid 20+ minutes.
Milos Teodosic (Olympiacos) got 15 minutes but seemed kind of buried by the massive talent that Piräus has assembled this year. He has been impressive in other early games however.
Antoine Diot (LeMans) is firmly entrenched into the main rotation. He had a solid game but with some room for improvement.
Gasper Vidmar (Fenerbahce) started but was pretty uneffective in 15 minutes of action.
Faverani (Unicaja) in his debut received 6 minutes for
Omri Casspi (Maccabi) a rather unimpressive showing for a Euroleague sophomore. Only 5 minutes and 2 points in a close battle, not a sign of great confidence from the coach.
Ricky Rubio was injured this week, and could be out for a little while.
Those who actually play for their teams:
Jeremy Leloup (LeMans) earned some garbage time.
Players worthy to keep an eye on even when not playing:
Alexey Shved got a DNP in a 30+ point blowout, not a good sign.
Matias Nocedal (TAU) earned only a DNP.
Enes Kanter (Fenerbahce) earned a DNP.
Jan Vesely (Partizan) born in '91 and getting
minutes on this level is promising.
Players who are technically eligible but won’t make a splash:
Ariel Filloy, Marko Micevic (Milano) earned a DNP.
Enzo Zonga (LeMans) earned a DNP.
Oskar Fassler (ALBA) DNP.
David Cournooh (
Adam Lapeta (Prokom) earned
Saidou Njoya (