2018-19 Team Profile: Darussafaka Istanbul

Darussafaka Istanbul returned to the EuroCup last season for the first time in 13 years and made it a season to remember by capturing the title and earning a spot back in Europe's premier competition. Darussafaka proved a force to be reckoned with out of the gate by winning its first six games. The first of many trophies Scottie Wilbekin would take home was the 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season MVP after leading his team to an 8-2 record and first place in Group A. Howard Saint-Roos and JaJuan Johnson dominated in the Top 16 as Dacka won its first five games before falling as Herbalife Gran Canaria. Nonetheless, Coach David Blatt's men stormed into the knockout stages with a 5-1 record atop Top 16 Group E. There were many close games after that and Darussafaka won them all as it swept Buducnost VOLI Podgorica in the quarterfinals and FC Bayern Munich in the semis. Wilbekin made history with 41 points in Game 2 of the semifinal series and then hit a late three to force overtime on the road in Game 1 of the finals against Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. Dacka took that game and then lifted the trophy at home after disposing of Loko in Game 2. Wilbekin captured trophies as a member of the All-EuroCup First Team and Semifinals, Finals and EuroCup MVPs. Johnson collected Second Team honors, too. And now as the reigning EuroCup champ, Darussafaka will play in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague for the third time in four seasons.