After a devastating 2021/22 season, EuroLeague powerhouse Fenerbahce aims to return to the top in all competitions.
Last year, they failed to qualify for the EuroLeague playoffs, finishing 12th in the standings. However, they beat Anadolu Efes in the domestic league Finals (3-1) for their first trophy celebration in two years.
This off-season has been pretty exciting for Fenerbahce, as the team is very active in the market. First of all, Dimitris Itoudis is the new head coach, providing the experience he earned during his spell at CSKA Moscow (2014-2022).
The two top scorers last season have already parted ways with the Turkish side. Jan Vesely (averaging 13.6 points and 6.1 rebounds last year) has moved to Barcelona, while Nando De Colo (averaging 11.9 points, 3.8 assists) completed a transfer to Villeurbanne.
So far, Fenerbahce has signed four players. Euroleague star Scottie Wilbekin (averaging 15.4 points and 4.1 assists with Maccabi Tel Aviv last season) is the most significant addition to the roster.
Johnathan Motley, Tonye Jekiri and Samet Geyik also joined the team. Furthermore, Fenerbahce is close to reaching an agreement with Nick Calathes and Nigel Hayes-Davis. If they do so, the Turkish champions’ roster will provide both experience and talent.
The biggest issue for Fenerbahce is how head coach Itoudis can help the team build its chemistry and team spirit, something former head coach Sasha Djordjevic could not accomplish.
After its golden era with Zeljko Obradovic (2014-2020), Fenerbahce is seeking to become EuroLeague title contenders once again.
Judging by the current transfers, the rumors for future ones and the selection of Dimitris Itoudis as head coach, I believe the fans will have many reasons to hope for a second EuroLeague celebration after 2017.
It is worth noting that the 2023 EuroLeague Final Four is expected to take place in Istanbul, therefore Fenerbahce will have an additional reason to fight tooth and nail to return to the top.