The previous year was fairly successful for fans of Fenerbahce.
The team finished top of the Euroleague's group table with 25 wins and
only 5 losses and had a Point Difference of +267. However, this year it
is not going so well for the team. After just 8 games they managed to
lose more than for the entire run of the previous seasons' group stage.
The current record stands at 3 wins and 7 losses. Let us try to figure
out why is it going so horrendously wrong for the Turkish team this
First thing first, new signing Nando De Colo
has nothing to do with the team results suffering. He is playing on
average 30 min per game, converts 63.2% from 2 points range, 60% from
beyond the arc and has whooping 96.3% from the free-throw line.
To couple it with 2.6 assists per game and overall 22 PIR it is
absolutely clear that Nando is still clutch, even though if he is no
longer the athlete who once was a long shot for NBA MVP.
However, the same cannot be said about Luigi Datome who had his numbers
declined compared to the previous year. Currently, he has a 39% from
mid-range, 36% from beyond the arc, 3.3 PIR. Compared to the previous
year 54% 2pt, 41% from 3pt and 8.5 PIR.
Similarly, Kalinic Nikola who had a breakthrough last year season with
53.1% mid-range, 39.8% 3pt, 10.5 PIR while this year he is managing
42.3% 2pt, 33.3% 3pt and 5.4 PIR. Considering that many experts
expected him to take a leadership role in the 2019-2020 season we are
yet to see him perform well under pressure.
While Kostas Sloukas is still keeping his assists average on par at 5.2
per game his overall shooting percentages and efficiency are down:
34.1% from mid-range, 38.5% from 3pt line and 10.3 PIR during this
year, compared to 58% from 2pt, 44.9% from 3pt and 15.4 PIR. And we all
know that if shooting guard has trouble converting his shots more
attention can be shifted towards players without the ball. Thus, even
further hurting overall teams’ shots conversion rate.
It is also can't be left unnoticed that a promising talent of Marko
Gudiric, who has left the team to play in NBA for Memphis Grizzlies, is
missed greatly. He had a staggering 62.9% conversion rate from
mid-range, solid 47.7% from beyond the arc and 10.4 PIR. A player that
can stretch the floor and take ball aggressively to the basket and
finish whilst absorbing contact is widely appreciated and it makes no
surprise that overseas scouts had an eye on him.
We can go on and on about how the number of players on the roster has
suffered percentage and performance drops compared to last year run but
the reasons for such poor results cannot be blamed on a single player.
Basketball is a team game and even if someone is struggling to convert
open shots it does not mean that he is the one why the team is not
doing well. Having said that though, if opposition leaves one or
another player open it might be for the reason that he is expected to
miss an open shot.
Hence, maybe a pass is a better option in this case but then again in
Europe, you are expected to shoot an open mid-range shot and if you are
a guard or a forward with good shooting mechanics even an open 3pt shot
is expected to be taken too.
Whatever is the case, the Euroleague season is not over yet for
Fenerbahce. With 24 games still to play there's still a lot of chance
for them to make a comeback and compete for a playoffs spot.
To back those words, their latest win vs LDLC Asvel 88-72 might be a
boost that they needed to get their confidence back on. Let us wait and
see if they can carry that momentum onto the next games.