Chemistry 101

20/Feb/19 17:00 February 21, 2019

John Rammas

20/Feb/19 17:00

One word that is mentioned in team sports – mostly by coaches – more often than one would expect is chemistry. So Eurohoops decided to look into the chemistry of this season’s Turkish Airlines EuroLeague teams.

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In everyday life, it is the science that studies the composition and structure of matter as well as its properties. In team sports, it’s something that can’t be bought, but which everyone needs in order to succeed. Eurohoops counted how many years players have been present in their respective EuroLeague teams and found how much chemistry those teams have.

The survey concerns the teams that have been ever-present (FC Barcelona Lassa, KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, Olympiacos Piraeus, Zalgiris Kaunas) or… almost ever-present (Anadolu Efes Istanbul 18 of 19 EuroLeague seasons, CSKA Moscow 18/19, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 18/19, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 18/19, Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 18/19, Real Madrid 17/19, AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 13/19) in the modern era of the EuroLeague and their current players.

The order in which they are presented is based on their current standings:


You don’t change a winning team. With four consecutive appearances in the Final Four and one trophy, in Fenerbahce’s case, this is blatantly obvious. The latest qualification for the playoffs in just 22 rounds reinforces the argument even more. Seven players have been present for the entire journey and, in general, the additions to and subtractions from the roster of the Turkish champions are still few. And one of them was forced due to Tyler Ennis’s serious injury.


Erick Green, Tyler Ennis, Tarik Biberovic, Joffrey Lauvergne


Ergi Tirpanci, Nicolo Melli, Marko Guduric, Sinan Guler


Ahmet Duverioglu (3), Nikola Kalinic (4), Kostas Sloukas (4), Egehan Arna (4), Ali Muhammed (4), Luigi Datome (4), Jan Vesely (5), Melih Mahmutoglu (6)