The 2022-23 EuroLeague basketball season tips off on Thursday evening and in Lyon (7pm UK), ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne host their Italian counterparts, Olimpia Milano.
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ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne team news
ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (or “ASVEL Basket”) are the most successful French basketball club of all time – domestically, at least. ASVEL have won a record 21 French league titles (10 more than anyone else), along with 10 French Cups. However, despite that long and illustrious history, ASVEL have fallen short on the European stage, boating nothing better than a single EuroLeague Final Four appearance (1996/97; they finished fourth) over the past 45 years.
It was more of the same in 2021/22.
ASVEL held off Monaco (by one game) and Boulogne-Levallois (by two games) for the top regular season record in the LNB Pro A, before battling their way to a playoff title in a finals series against Monaco that not only went the full five games, but required overtime in the decisive game. When all was said and done, ASVEL emerged 84-82 Game 5 winners. In the EuroLeague, however, the French champs fell flat, with just eight wins in 28 games, the joint-worst mark (along with Lithuania’s Zalgiris) of the 15 teams that finished the EuroLeague regular season.
ASVEL are back in the competition, looking to find some success this time around. Under the guidance of longtime coach (assistant and head coach) T. J. Parker (the younger brother of former San Antonio Spurs star and future Hall of Famer Tony Parker, who is now club president), a top six featuring former NBAers Joffrey Lauvergne and Nando de Colo, former NCAA stars David Lighty and Haiti-born Yves Pons, the MVP of the LNB Pro B MVP (French second tier) in 2021 and the Basketball Bundesliga in 2022 Parker Jackson-Cartwright and talented big man Youssoupha Fall should keep the club at the top of the domestic table, and competitive against just about every EuroLeague side.
That being said, the 2022/23 domestic season hasn’t started the way that ASVEL would have hoped, as the team lost its first two league contests, before righting the ship in their most recent outing.
Olimpia Milano team news
ASVEL’s opponents, meanwhile, are coming off of a similar, if not more successful campaign than their hosts. In 2021/22, Olimpia Milano finished second in Italy’s Lega A in the regular season, with a 24-6 record. Once in the playoffs Milano dominated, sweeping their way to the finals in six straight games, only two of which were separated or decided by single digits (and those were nine-point wins), for a matchup with Virtus Bologna, the only team that had posted a better regular season record. After splitting the first two in Bologna, Milano took command on their home floor, with a pair of double-digit wins to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. After a six-point loss on the road, they registered a commanding 17-point win to clinch the championship. In addition to that 29th Italian league title, Milano completed a domestic double with their eighth Italian Cup win.
Things looked rosy in the EuroLeague for much of the season as well. The three-time Euro-League winners (though not since 1988) matched Olympiakos for the second-best regular season record (19-9, behind only Barcelona is 21-7 mark) and went into the EuroLeague playoffs as the #3 seed. However, after splitting their opening two games (at home) in their quarterfinal round series against #6 seed (and eventual EuroLeague champion) Turkish Anadolu Efes, Olimpia’s season came to an end in Turkey, where two losses in a row saw the Italian champs eliminated from the competition.
Although Milano does feature some top-tier talent in ex-Barcelona star big man Brandon Davies and two-time All-EuroLeague Second Teamer (2021, 2022) and 2022’s Lega Basket Serie A Finals MVP Shavon Shields, it’s reasonable to question whether this team futures enough depth in the backcourt to put together a successful campaign on multiple fronts.