Coming off an eventful season in which LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne was one of only two teams to have both a winning streak and a losing streak of more than five games, Coach T.J. Parker will try to build on the positives and turn his squad into a contender. There will be many tough tests and exciting games along the way. Here are five of particular interest to ASVEL and its fans.
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Round 1: Plenty of debuts
Although ASVEL is embarking on its third consecutive EuroLeague campaign, the roster has some players, both young and experienced, who will make their EuroLeague debuts this season. Scouts around the world will have their eyes on teenage super-prospect Victor Wembanyama every time he takes the floor. His 32-year-old frontcourt mate Raymar Morgan will debut in Europe’s premier competition after a decade as a professional, including five seasons in the 7DAYS EuroCup.
Round 12: The pride of the French League
The best teams in the French League will take their rivalry to the continental stage when ASVEL faces AS Monaco. Since 2016, one of these teams has either won the French championship or finished first in the French League regular season. Now, for the first time since the turn of the century, two clubs from the French League will clash in the EuroLeague and the eyes of all of Europe will pay attention.
Round 16: Visiting dear friends
In his lone campaign with ASVEL, Moustapha Fall debuted in the EuroLeague and led the team in PIR, two-point shooting, rebounds and blocks last season. Another big man, Livio Jean-Charles, made his EuroLeague debut with ASVEL a year earlier. After Jean-Charles joined Olympiacos Piraeus in 2020, Fall made the move to Piraeus this summer and he will now use his 2.18 meters to hassle his replacements and his old teammates when ASVEL travels to take on the Reds.
Round 23: Trying to keep the momentum
ASVEL turned plenty of heads last season as it hung in the playoff race for three-quarters of the regular season before fading away. Along the way, ASVEL surprised a handful of European basketball giants. When it came to regular-season champion FC Barcelona, ASVEL won twice! Its win on the road marked ASVEL’s first victory in Barcelona since 1996. Can ASVEL keep up that mastery?
Round 26: Looking for a repeat
Last season ASVEL had a party when it hosted Panathinaikos OPAP Athens, beating the Greens 97-73, which was ASVEL’s biggest margin of victory in a EuroLeague home game. The team set another pair of club records, hitting 17 of 24 three-pointers for 70.8%; both the triples made and accuracy stand as club bests, topping the marks that previously stood for at least 17 years. Since its return to the EuroLeague in 2019, ASVEL has won both home games against Panathinaikos and will look to continue its success against the Greek powerhouse.
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