The turnaround of our good man Deleon Hines is amazing. Here is his take on the next matchup of Darussafaka.
This report is a prototype of a scouting report that I would prepare for an upcoming opponent. This report includes two videos, one video, the opponent video is intended to highlight not only points discussed in the report but, also give insight to other factors that can be used to better prepare for the opponent, factors such as the teams size, body language, and coach influence in various situations. The other video is designed to show examples of what it would take to beat the opponent from the perspective of the team in which the report was prepared for, in this case for the Euroleague club Darussafaka Tekfen of Istanbul. The text will discuss the preferred playing style of the opponent, their tendencies on both the offensive and defensive end as well as an overview of some of their key players. Along with the brief on the opposing team is a brief on how Darussafaka might look to attack and defend and best utilize their strengths in the upcoming game against Euroleague opponent Khimki of the Moscow Region.
About the Opponent: Khimki enters the game averaging 78.7 points per game (PPG), which puts them in the bottom half of the Euroleague in that category however, they are averaging a league best 11.17 3 point makes per game at just over 35% an outing. They have been without league leading scorer Alexey Shved (25.3PPG) & have had to look for others to replace what they lost in Shved but those are big shoes to fill.
Team Stats: PPG 78.7 APG 18.6 RPG 29 2FG% 57 3FG% 36.2 FT% 73.5 SPG 7.7 BPG 2.8 TOPG 11.5
Preferred Playing Style: Patient & in the Half Court. Despite leading the league in both three-point makes per game & attempts Khimki plays in the slow lane. The team shares the ball really well, and often times in a possession all five players will touch the ball before a shot is taken. A major emphasis from head coach Georgios Bartzokas is to move the ball from side to side & the club uses this to find open shots.
Offensive Tendencies: Khimki isn’t looking to force tempo & rarely in a hurry so they’re in the half court most of the game. To their advantage, they run several sets in the half court they consist of a lot of body movement & on their best possessions, a lot of ball & body movement. Their sets usually end up with a low post entry in which they like to pass from to open 3 point shooters. In the absence of Shved, Khimki has looked to their two American guards #3 D.Bost and #22 C. Jenkins to create plays in the Pick and Roll game. #25 J. Mickey is a really active player on both ends of the floor that stretches the floor out to the three-point line from the center position.
Defensive Tendencies: While Khimki has aggressive perimeter defenders & lockdown defender #5 T. Crocker with the league’s 5th best shot blocker #25 J. Mickey protecting the rim, they aren’t very strong defensively. They usually apply heavy ball pressure & always front the post. It’s not unusual for them to switch the pick & roll action at every position. Their biggest weakness defensively is fouling. They lead the league in fouls committed per game, largely due to their inability to defend without fouling on the perimeter.
#25 M. Jordan- C 2.03 12.5PPG 4.8RPG 1.0BPG
-Does a good job finishing in the P&R as a pop man or roll man. Can make the 3. Shooting it with confidence
-Finishes best & prefers to go over the left shoulder from the low post area.
-Really good shot blocker w/ good patience
-Attack him on switches
#13 A. Gill- F 2.04 11.8PPG 3.5RPG 75.5%2FG
-Big time athlete & above the rim finisher
-2-3 dribble straight line driver
-Keep him in front & force him to shoot jump shots
#9 T. Crocker- F 1.98 9.3PPG 37.7% 3FG
-Spacer. Spends most his time beyond the arc.
-Defends multiple positions really well
-Run him off the line & force him to finish in traffic
Attacking Khimki: Darussafaka should look to utilize their elite shot blocking and rebounding to create fast break opportunities leading to more easy baskets. In the half court they have spurts under new head coach Selcuk Ernak of good execution and other times they’ve been 3-4 seconds too slow in getting into the offense. This increase in pace will prevent the ball from sticking on one side of the floor or in one persons hands too long, and keep them from having to play against the shot clock. Like Zalgiris, Khimki is a foul prone team and they do not defend aggressive drives to the rim well. Toney Douglas, Ray Mccallum, and Markel Brown should be able to get down hill in close out situations to make plays for teammates and themselves, but the ball must move. Because Khimki doesn’t look to run, Darüşşafaka can crash the offensive boards for extra possessions & points.
- Play with pace
Push for easy baskets on blocked shots and misses
Move the ball from side to side
Attack the rim-Get to the free throw line early & often.
*Look to grab offensive rebounds
Defending Khimki: Darüşşafaka should first make it a point to heavily contest three-point shots & run shooters off the line. Khimki averages the fewest amount of two point makes per game, it would be wise to force them to beat you making two pointers. With all the screening & cutting that Khimki does, communication will be important & hard close outs are mandatory.