1 - Khoventud Badalona
The Spaniards reached the semi-finals of the Eurocup last season after eliminating Hapoel Tel Aviv in the quarter-finals. They also reached the semi-finals of the playoffs in Spain. This is a team with tradition and experienced players, led by Ante Tomic at center and Pau Rivas at guard.
Badalona lost important tools like Joel Parra and Kyle Guy. Despite this, it remains strong, and is probably considered the best in the factory.
Bar Timur talks to Hapoel Tel Aviv fans outside the hall
The team has been bolstered at the center position in the form of Chinano Onuaku (Ex Hapoel Tel Aviv), and Deshaun Thomas (Ex Maccabi Tel Aviv) at the power forward position is a good addition to these levels. Guy's replacement at the scoring position will be Andrew Andrews (Ex Maccabi Haifa).
2 - Gran Canaria
Last season's Eurocup champions decided not to go to the Euroleague for financial and logistical reasons. It seems to have weakened a bit over the summer, especially at the center position, where the team lost a lot of mass and centimeters with the departures of Khalifa Diop (2.15m) and Alexander Belcherovsky (2.18m), who will play in the Euroleague this season.
In the other positions, Gran Canaria has more or less remained stable, and its most prominent reinforcement comes in the positions of the outfield players, where it signed Sylvan Landsberg (Ex Maccabi Tel Aviv).
Landsberg in Gran Canaria. A familiar face in Israel,
3 - Promitei
The Ukrainian team, coached by Nano Ginzburg, was founded only a few years ago, and already last season impressed greatly when it reached the semi-finals of the Eurocup - in its factory debut. She did so despite playing her home games in Riga (Latvia's capital) because of the war at home.
This season, too, it will host the games outside Ukraine. The team has strengthened this summer mainly on the outside line with quality players such as Devon Reid and Marcus Kane, who are teaming up with Caleb Agada (Ex Hapoel B.S.).
Under the basket, Ginsburg will once again rely on the person who did not disappoint him when he coached the Czech national team, Andrej Balvin.
Ginzburg. Hoping to keep the momentum going, Photo: AP
4 - Paris Basketball
The French team is also a project that was born only a few years ago, made its Eurocup debut last season and is thinking very big. After an acclimatization season at the factory, this season Paris wants to go high, and for that they built a replica of Telekom Bonn, last season's Champions League champions.
On the sidelines will be last season's German coach, Thomas Isalo. On the court will play one of European basketball's greatest hits last season, former Boone star T.J. Shorts.
He will be joined by five other players from last season, and to that add one of France's rising talents, guard Nadir Hippi, who joined this summer.
5 - Hapoel Tel Aviv
The Reds returned to the European group stage last season after quite a few years. Success exceeded expectations. 5:13 record in the preliminary stage and reaching the quarterfinals, where she was eliminated by Badalona. This season Hapoel Tel Aviv is also expected to be one of the strongest in the factory.
Download and Manford. Hapoel Tel Aviv believes in itself, photo: Alan Shaver
With last season's experience and reinforcements this summer, such as Brian Angola and Kyle Alexander, Hapoel's plans are to go big. However, the earlier house to which she was assigned is the more difficult.
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It is important to remember that this season there are changes in the system: the division of the 20 teams into two groups remains, but the next stage is promoted to six teams instead of eight. Another change: the teams in places 6-3 go to the play-in. And the last change: moving to the semifinals and finals series.
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