EuroLeague recap: Barcelona – Expectations and disappointment

Barcelona had a great first half of the season in this year’s EuroLeague. Sarunas Jasikevicius’ guys finished first in the regular season standings (21-7 record).

The “Blaugrana” seemed ready to return to their second consecutive Final Four Championship Game.

They beat Bayern Munich in the playoffs (3-2). However, in Belgrade, they lost to Real Madrid in the semifinals (83-86). They ended up taking the third place, after defeating Olympiacos (84-74).

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Domestic Cups

In February, Barcelona faced Real Madrid in the Spanish Cup Final. They eventually won the trophy (64-59). This was their eight win over their arch-rivals in 10 games.

However, after their loss in the Final Four semifinals, they also lost the Spanish ABC League to the “Whites” (3-1). Therefore, a season that started great for the Catalans, turned out to be pretty disappointing.


Obviously, Barcelona dominated the statistics’ categories this season. They ranked first in assists (18.4 per game).

The Spanish side was also fourth in rebounding (34.4) and second in points scored, averaging 81.5 per game. Unfortunately, their great numbers did not tell their story, as they did not even compete in the Final this year.


Barcelona’s top player this season has been Nikola Mirotic (averaging 16.9 points and 5.2 assists). He was selected Euroleague’ regular season MVP.

Brandon Davies (9.9 points, 3.7 rebounds) and Nicolas Laprovittola (9.6 points, 3.1 assists) also contributed a lot for their team.

What’s next?

Every year, Barcelona is expected to win three titles. Even if the Catalans win their domestic cups, but not the EuroLeague, this season can still be considered disappointing.

Therefore, they have to get stronger and stronger. This will be a very active summer for them, transfers-wise. Nick Calathes is expected to leave the squad and Brandon Davies has already signed with Armani Milano.

However, Jan Vesely and Tomas Satoransky have joined the club to fill the gap. It seems these will not be the last new entries for Barcelona.

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