Why Fenerbahce will be the 2024-2025 Euroleague Finalist?

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  • Author Themis Prokopiou
  • Published June 29, 2024
  • Word count 727

Fenerbahce has had an impressive season in the Euroleague, reaching the Final Four in Berlin, which was unexpected at the beginning of the season. This transformation can be attributed to the arrival of Saras Jasikevicius as the head coach. He managed to steer the team through its initial confusion, set high goals, and foster a positive atmosphere in the locker room. As highlighted in our article comparing Ergin Ataman to Saras Jasikevicius, the latter’s success rates are commendable.

The experience gained by both the coach and players this season will be invaluable next season. I predict Fenerbahce will be in the Euroleague final in 2024-2025 for several reasons, which I will explain below.

Saras Jasikevicius.

Saras Jasikevicius is the big advantage of Fenerbahce.

Starting with Coach Saras Jasikevicius, Fenerbahce has a significant advantage. Jasikevicius, an experienced former player, is proving to have an excellent coaching career. His charisma and leadership were evident as he led the team to the Final Four, eliminating one of the favorites, Monaco, by winning on the road in Game 5 of the playoffs. Though Fenerbahce was eliminated by Panathinaikos, who won the Euroleague title, Jasikevicius’s guidance will likely shape the team to his vision with the right additions and departures.

Various scenarios are already circulating about potential changes, such as the arrival of Wade Baldwin and the departure of G. Papagiannis. N. Calathes has already sealed his departure, moving to Monaco for the upcoming season.

Even if the deal with Wade Baldwin does not close, Fenerbahce will target a player of similar caliber for the guard position. If G. Papagiannis also leaves, acquiring a more traditional center will be crucial, as J. Motley is more versatile and can play power forward as well. Given these moves, Fenerbahce will present a stronger lineup in 2024-2025, making a serious bid for Euroleague glory.

The Strength of Fenerbahce’s Roster.

The Strength of Fenerbahce's Roster.

Beyond the cases of G. Papagiannis and N. Calathes, there are strong rumors that T. Dorsey will leave Fenerbahce. This suggests that players who have not received sufficient playing time this season may depart, making way for new additions under Saras Jasikevicius, who understands the team’s dynamics and will adapt them to his system.

The core squad’s stability is a significant positive aspect, providing the necessary foundation for new additions without requiring a complete overhaul. The transition to any new signings will be smooth, giving Fenerbahce a competitive edge over this season.

The core players likely to remain include M. Guduric, S. Wilbekin, N. Hayes-Davis, J. Motley, T. Biberovic, A. Noua, D. Pierre, and S. Sanli.

What is Missing from Fenerbahce.

What is Missing from Fenerbahce.

What Fenerbahce lacked this year is a true leader within the team. While N. Calathes helped significantly, his efforts alone were insufficient. Modern Euroleague teams need at least two leaders. This was the main difference with Panathinaikos, who had K. Nunn and K. Sloukas. Fenerbahce’s primary target for 2024-2025 should be securing another leader to bolster their lineup. If they succeed, they will be one of the favorites for the Euroleague title.

The Situation of Other Teams.

The current situation of other teams could benefit Fenerbahce next season. Many teams are undergoing significant changes, such as Monaco and Real Madrid, who are searching for new players, disrupting team cohesion. Barcelona and Olympiacos are also trying to form competitive squads.

Fenerbahce can capitalize on this by maintaining their core roster, making strategic additions, and having Saras Jasikevicius at the helm, who has brought new energy and a positive atmosphere to the team. This is a stable situation similar to Panathinaikos, who are also retaining much of their squad and planning to strengthen for 2024-2025.

Final Thoughts.

I do not question the abilities and ambitions of other teams. However, given the circumstances, Fenerbahce has all the ingredients for a successful 2024-2025 Euroleague season, potentially more successful than this year. This implies their participation in the final, and possibly winning the trophy. They have a healthy club environment, a confident and ambitious coach, and a strong roster. The only missing piece is the addition of a leader who can elevate the team during tough times, whether it be Wade Baldwin or a player of similar caliber. If this addition materializes, Fenerbahce will be one of the favorites to win the Euroleague in 2024-2025.

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