After the great explications of Julien how to build your Euroleague Fantasy Challenge team and my awful performance last year, I will discuss the Top 10 players I will not select in my starting team for this year’s edition. This won’t be a too serious topic but I really need you readers and experts to help me to beat my co-authors this year and qualify for the Ball in Europe Division top spot.
10. Marc-Antoine PellinHey come on, this guy could be my little brother who is still playing with his ball in the backyard of the elementary school in my village. And he plays for Roanne, and you can barely imagine that they will ever score a win this season.
9. Chris Ensminger
A center that shots FT either with the left or with his right hand and that averages more fouls than rebounds, I don’t know if he is a good addition when you can get Tim Ohlbrecht AND Dejan Borovnjak for the same amount of credits.
8. Sofoklis Schortsianitis
50 credits for somebody that cannot run more than 50 meters and has 50 kilos too much on his hips? How serious can the Euroleague be? Or are these credits really distributed by measuring the % of body fat of the players?
7. Nikos Zisis
This pick is very risky, everybody knows that he likes to run into walls and get injured. Since then, his performancs went down and I am not quite sure if a hot blooded Greek can survive the Russian winter. And not everybody has the same Heat than Theo P.
6. Mark Dickel
500km, that is a short distance. It is the distance between Bamberg and the Dutch border. So the possibility of a fallback for the Kiwi is too big to risk a pick on. So it is not quite sure how long he will be on the roster of the hot blooded coach Dirk Bauermann.
5. Gianluca Basile
Hey, this guy is more an addition to attract female fans to the arena than a basketball player. He can not even see the basket with his hair hanging in his face.
4. Adam Hess
A player that played for a team called Artland Dragons Quakenbrück last season and now for a club called Chorale de Roanne; can he be any good or find the way from an airport to the gym? Even 48 credits are way too much for somebody that has never lived in a village with more inhabitants than the seating capacity of the OAKA and the Stadium of Peace and Friendship summed up.
3. Tanoka Beard
75 credit for an old pseudo rapper and songwriter that also sometimes plays basketball. He even sings songs together with some people like this. Hey, and he even is joined in Zalgiris by the next one in my top ten.
2. Eurelijus Zukauskas
This good looking young man was seriously selected in 1995 by the Seattle Supersonics. Reports told that the Sonics wanted to draft Zydrunas Ilgauskas but wrote down the wrong name on the paper to David Stern. Now, 12 years later, Zukauskas is still around and trying to look like Arvydas Sabonis.
1. Sarunas Jasikevicius
Why select an aging PG who is always injured and that has not played in a European top team for several seasons now? 4.3ppg and 36% from the field for a Playoff team in the Euroleague development league is not what makes him more interesting when you see his enormous price (84credits). And then he is playing in Panathinaikos, the team that suffers from the Lietuvos-Javtokas syndrom, a well-known disease that makes of a powerful inside player an easy target for skinny NBA prospects.