First of all, we would like to thank Zach for this very insightful report on Fenerbahçe Beko whom have gone through a very hard time so far and are looking at still finalizing moves, we want to inform our audience that the transfers here mentioned are based on both insider information as well as official announcements made by the team alone!
First of all a small addition to Zach’s insight, as it currently stands as of today the lineup of player for the team looks like that below:
Fenerbahçe Beko’s Offseason by Zach Smith
Danilo Barthel from Bayern (Germany)
6’10” PF / C
Averaged: 7.9 ppg / 3.9 reb / 1.4 ast
Danilo on the offensive end is rather limited. He sticks to hitting jumpers off the PNP (Pick and Pop) and getting to the rim for dunks. He can finish off a one or two foot jump, but never really uses his left hand. He didn’t show a high passing IQ, ending the season with a 1:1 AST:TO ratio. He isn’t a playmaker on the defensive end, finishing the Euroleague season with only 3 blocks. He needs to be a solid positional defender considering he won’t force turnovers and isn’t much of a rebounder.
Lorenzo Brown from Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)
Averaged: 12.3 ppg / 3.4 reb / 4.6 ast
Brown is a stronger scorer from inside the 3 point line. He gets downhill quickly with his change of pace and first step. He is a big time bucket getter but struggles to score from deep. He only shot 28% from that range this year. There was also the problem of Brown going through a huge statistical drop off from his time in China to the Euroleague. He’s actually gotten worse from 3 point range during his 3 seasons of international play. He’s a solid play maker with an AST:TO ratio sitting near 2:1. Defensively, he’s much better on ball and will get a steal or two by picking pockets. He does take some risks at times, but he’s a solid transfer.
Johnny Hamilton from Darussafaka (Turkey)
Averaged 9.3 ppg / 7.3 reb / 1.4 blk
Hamilton was a Eurocup MVP candidate who finished 3rd in blocks during the event. His only job on the court is to defend the rim on defense and attack the rim on offense. He’s at his best when he plays in a Deandre Jordan type role. He can’t be relied on to make plays for others as his high in assists during Eurocup play was 1 assist. He finished the tournament with a 1:3 AST:TO ratio. He isn’t a floor spacer either, not attempting a single 3 pointer. He does draw fouls at a decent rate, with a FTr of 0.33. Defensively, he can realistically attempt to block any shot attempt and he swallows up rebounds.
Dyshawn Pierre from Red Scare (TBT)
Averaged: 13.8 ppg / 7.0 reb / 2.8 ast
The Dayton alum plays like an undersized stretch big. His shooting motion is extremely awkward and is only effective in catch and shoot situations. He starts his release from low on his torso and has a weird follow through. He is a tough defender and goes to war for every single rebound. His turnovers increased this past season by 22 while his games decreased by 5 games. He just plays hard on the defensive end with his high motor.
Kenan Sipahi from Real Betis (Spain)
7.3 ppg / 2.3 reb / 3.5 ast
Sipahi doesn’t provide any value as a shooter from deep range, making only 12 all season. A lot of his shots are from the mid range. He makes them at a good clip, but struggles to get to those spots. He has a slow first step, but shows a knack for making shots when off balance. He does a good job of putting his defender in jail off the PNR and controlling the pacing of the offense. Defensively he needs some work, but his length is a great physical trait that he uses well.
Edgaras Ulanovas from Zalgiris (Lithuania)
8.3 ppg / 3.3 reb / 2.0 ast
He can get his jump shot off with relative ease. His footwork is off, jumping forward on his jump shots and sprawling out his legs. His release looks almost like a slingshot. He doesn’t offer much volume on offense, but he fits into a system well with his crafty passing and stellar self creation. He struggles at times to finish from close with his 2pt% being only around 46.6%. On the defensive side of the floor, he doesn’t add much value, but that is expected at this point in his career.
Igor Kokoskov (Suns Head Coach 18-19 & Kings Ast 19-20)
- Phoenix made teams turn the ball over (4th most turnovers forced)
- Gave up the 11th fewest 3’s made
- Gave up the 10th fewest fg attempts
Kokoskov had a rough season as a head coach for the Suns in 2018-19. They finished the season 19-63, 15th in the west. This team struggled on both ends of the floor. They finished the season with a 105.9 OFF rating (28th) and 115.1 DEF rating (29th). On the defensive end, they gave up an eFG% of 62.2% (26th). This team struggled mightily, but the question could be raised of whether that was Kokosov’s fault or the players.
The Suns had a 3PTr of 0.335 and a FTr of 0.2. This shows that their offense was focused on low percentage shots. Typically, the low 3PTr would be acceptable if they are attacking the paint and drawing fouls, but they drew fouls at a rate far below average. This shows that their offense got shots at a low PPP. Their half court sets typically led to either a PNR or a post touch. Most of these involve misdirection actions such as pin downs and slip screens to get to the scoring action.
Here’s an example of misdirection using a pindown directly into a ball screen to clear out the backside for Ayton to get up for the lob.
Here’s an example of a slip screen directly into a pin down. This results in a wide open lane because Shamet is expecting Holmes to set a ball screen.
This play is a great example of the previous plays leading into new actions. The go to Booker PNR is ran quickly as a hand off and defenders think the action is over and the rotations are forced. This allows Josh Jackson to get to the rim for the bucket.
This is another variation of the pin down into a post touch. Obviously the finish isn’t there, but they got a high percentage possession with an Ayton post touch.
Igor’s team struggled to get back on defense. This team gave up 15.8 transition PPG, finishing 26th in the NBA. For most teams, you could possibly blame this on attacking the offensive glass, but the Suns were one of the worst in the NBA in that category, finishing with only 9.1 offensive rebounds. This is something that was completely effort. So the question is whether or not Igor can get his team’s motor running consistently night in and night out.
Overall, Fenerbahçe is bringing in a lot of talent this year and should be in a good place. Their strengths definitely lie in their scoring and athleticism. All the transfers have very differing offensive skill sets, and they should work well together. They could struggle with perimeter defense if Brown doesn’t step up as a team defender, but interior defense won’t be an issue with Hamilton guarding the post.