2018-19 Team Profile: Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Even though Anadolu Efes Istanbul is coming off a tough season, the team showed its character by finishing strong and ended its three-year title drought along the way. Thing started slowly for Efes last season as it lost its first five games. Back-to-back road wins at FC Barcelona Lassa and Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv sparked hope and a victory over AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan pushed the record to 3-7. However, playing without its injured glue-guy Derrick Brown proved to be too much. After a home loss against KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz, the team parted ways with Coach Velimir Perasovic and reunited with Ergin Ataman. However, the team won only two of its next 10 games and fell to 5-15. The losses kept piling up for Efes at the end of the season, as the team finished in last place with 7-23 record. However, at home, things were better. Efes lifted the Turkish Cup by knocking out city-rivals Fenerbahce and Darussafaka, before downing Tofas Bursa 78-61 in the final behind a stellar performance from Krunoslav Simon. In the Turkish League, Efes entered the playoffs in third place and swept Darussafaka in the best-of-three quarterfinals before losing 3-1 in the semis against Tofas Bursa. The club will now attempt to get back to its winning ways in the EuroLeague, where it has made three playoff appearances over the past six seasons.

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