Anadolu Efes S.K.

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Anadolu Efes
2022–23 Anadolu Efes S.K. season
Anadolu Efes logo
LeaguesBSL
EuroLeague
Founded1976; 46 years ago (1976)
HistoryEfes Pilsen
(1976–2011)
Anadolu Efes
(2011–present)
ArenaSinan Erdem Dome
Capacity16,000
LocationIstanbul, Turkey
Team colorsNavy, white, red, light blue
       
Main sponsorEfes Beverage Group
PresidentTuncay Özilhan
General managerAlper Yılmaz
Head coachErgin Ataman
Team captainDoğuş Balbay
Championships2 EuroLeague
1 FIBA Korać Cup
15 Turkish Championships
12 Turkish Cups
13 Turkish President's Cups
Retired numbers2 (7, 44)
Websiteanadoluefessk.org

Anadolu Efes Spor Kulübü (English: Anadolu Efes Sports Club), formerly known as Efes Pilsen, is a Turkish professional basketball team based in Istanbul, Turkey. Efes is the most recent Euroleague champion and on the first place of European Club Ranking after the Final Four 2020-21. Efes is also the most successful club in the history of the Turkish Super League (BSL), having won the league's championship 15 times. Efes has won a total of 40 domestic trophies, more than any other Turkish basketball club.

The home arena of Anadolu Efes S.K. is the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, which has a seating capacity of 16,000 for basketball games. The club has its own practice facility in the district of Bahçelievler, which was built in 1982. The team competes in the Turkish Super League and the EuroLeague. The team is owned by the Efes Beverage Group.

Anadolu Efes has developed a fierce rivalry with Fenerbahçe in recent years. The two clubs often meet in playoff series and cup finals.

History[edit]

The club was established in 1976 as Efes Pilsen S.K., by taking over the Turkish second-division club Kadıköyspor, which had failed due to financial problems.[1] Its initial sponsor was its former longtime namesake, Efes Pilsen, a subsidiary of the Anadolu Group. It won the 1978 Turkish second division national championship undefeated, earning promotion to the Turkish first division, where it has continuously competed ever since. In its first top-flight season (1978–79), Efes Pilsen S.K. won the Turkish national league title, immediately establishing itself as one of the country's top clubs.

After finishing 2nd in the 1992–93 FIBA European Cup, Efes Pilsen S.K. won the 1995–96 FIBA Korać Cup, which marked the first-ever European-wide title won by a Turkish club in any team sport. Efes Pilsen S.K. (later renamed Anadolu Efes S.K.) has also become a fixture in the European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague, making it to the competition's EuroLeague Final Four in 2000, and also to the FIBA SuproLeague's 2001 Final Four, and finishing 3rd on both occasions.[2]

In 2011, the club changed its name to Anadolu Efes S.K., after the TAPDK (Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Authority) in Turkey prohibited the advertisement of tobacco and alcohol products in sports organizations.[3]

In the 2017–18 season, Efes finished in the 16th and last place in the EuroLeague.

In the 2018–19 season, Efes had success in the EuroLeague as it managed to clinch the fourth-seed in the regular season. In the play-offs, the team beat FC Barcelona to advance to its first EuroLeague Final Four in 19 years.[4] In the semi-final, Efes beat Fenerbahçe 92–73 to reach its first EuroLeague Final in history.[5] In the championship game, Efes was defeated by CSKA Moscow, eventually finishing as the runner-up. In the same season, Efes won its first BSL championship since 2009. In Game 7 of the Finals against Fenerbahçe, Efes won 89–74 after Shane Larkin scored 38 points. Larkin was later named BSL Finals MVP.[6]

In the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons Anadolu Efes won back-to-back EuroLeague Championships.

Home arenas[edit]

For many years, Efes has used the Abdi İpekçi Arena, with a seating capacity of 12,270, to host its home games. Currently, Efes uses the 16,000 seat Sinan Erdem Dome for its home games.[7]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Anadolu Efes roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG 0 United States Turkey Larkin, Shane Injured (DC) 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 30 – (1992-10-02)2 October 1992
G 1 France Beaubois, Rodrigue 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 34 – (1988-02-24)24 February 1988
PG 4 Turkey Balbay, Doğuş (C) 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 33 – (1989-01-21)21 January 1989
SG 6 United States Bryant, Elijah 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 27 – (1995-04-19)19 April 1995
PG 10 Turkey İlyasoğlu, Ömercan 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 21 – (2001-01-01)1 January 2001
SG 11 Turkey Gazi, Erten 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 25 – (1997-06-15)15 June 1997
SF 12 United States Clyburn, Will 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 32 – (1990-05-17)17 May 1990
PG 13 United States Taylor, Isaiah 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 77 kg (170 lb) 28 – (1994-07-11)11 July 1994
C 15 Turkey Güven, Egemen 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 26 – (1996-09-25)25 September 1996
SF 18 Turkey Arna, Egehan 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 25 – (1997-01-05)5 January 1997
G 19 Turkey Tuncer, Buğrahan 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 29 – (1993-03-23)23 March 1993
C 21 Germany Pleiß, Tibor 2.21 m (7 ft 3 in) 116 kg (256 lb) 33 – (1989-11-02)2 November 1989
G 22 Serbia Micić, Vasilije 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 28 – (1994-01-13)13 January 1994
PF 24 France M'Baye, Amath 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 32 – (1989-12-14)14 December 1989
F 33 Italy Polonara, Achille 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 31 – (1991-11-23)23 November 1991
C 41 Croatia Žižić, Ante 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 121 kg (267 lb) 25 – (1997-01-04)4 January 1997
C 42 United States Armenia Dunston, Bryant (DC) 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 114 kg (251 lb) 36 – (1986-05-28)28 May 1986
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Team manager

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: November 1, 2022

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Ante Žižić Tibor Pleiß Bryant Dunston Egemen Güven
PF Amath M'Baye Achille Polonara
SF Will Clyburn Elijah Bryant Egehan Arna
SG Rodrigue Beaubois Erten Gazi Buğrahan Tuncer Doğuş Balbay
PG Vasilije Micić Isaiah Taylor Ömercan İlyasoğlu Shane Larkin Injured

(colours: Turkish or homegrown players; foreign players)

Retired numbers[edit]

Anadolu Efes retired numbers
No Player Position Tenure Ceremony date
7 Petar Naumoski PG 1992–1994, 1995–1999 9 February 2017[8]
44 Krunoslav Simon G/F 2017–2022 2022

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Winners (15) (record): 1978–79, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2008–09, 2018–19, 2020–21
Runners-up (12): 1985–86, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2021–22
Winners (12) (record): 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2014–15, 2018, 2022
Runners-up (4): 2003–04, 2013–14, 2017, 2019
Winners (13) (record): 1986, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2022
Runners-up (11): 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2016

European competitions[edit]

Winners (3): 2020–21, 2021–22
Runners-up (1): 2018–19
3rd place (2): 1999–00, 2000–01
Final Four (5): 2000, 2001, 2019, 2021, 2022
Runners-up (1): 1992–93
Winners (1): 1995–96

Other competitions[edit]

3rd place (1): 1996
  • Sondrio, Italy Invitational Game
Winners (1): 2008
  • Bandirma Invitational Game
Winners (1): 2008
  • Sarajevo Invitational Game
Winners (1): 2010
  • Istanbul, Turkey Invitational Game
Winners (1): 2014
  • Crete Heraklion Basketball Tournament
Winners (1): 2016
Winners (1): 2018
Winners: 2019
  • Gloria Cup
Winners (2): 2020, 2021

Notable players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Criteria

To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

Players at the NBA draft[edit]

+ Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game
# Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game
Position Player Year Round Pick Drafted by
PF Turkey Mirsad Türkcan 1998 1st round 18th Houston Rockets
SF Turkey Hedo Türkoğlu 2000 1st round 16th Sacramento Kings
C/PF Turkey Mehmet Okur+ 2001 2nd round 38th Detroit Pistons
SG/SF Turkey Cenk Akyol# 2005 2nd round 59th Atlanta Hawks
SF Turkey Cedi Osman 2015 2nd round 31st Minnesota Timberwolves
SG/SF Turkey Furkan Korkmaz 2016 1st round 26th Philadelphia 76ers

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. Cup competitions European Competitions
1976–77 2 TB2L
1977–78 2 TB2L 1st
1978–79 1 TBL 1st
1979–80 1 TBL 2nd EuroLeague
1980–81 1 TBL 3rd Cup Winners' Cup
1981–82 1 TBL 3rd Korać Cup
1982–83 1 TBL 1st Korać Cup
1983–84 1 TBL 1st EuroLeague
1984–85 1 TBL 5th EuroLeague
1985–86 1 TBL 2nd
1986–87 1 TBL 3rd Cup Winners' Cup
1987–88 1 TBL 5th Korać Cup
1988–89 1 TBL 3rd Korać Cup
1989–90 1 TBL 4th Korać Cup QF
1990–91 1 TBL 5th Korać Cup
1991–92 1 TBL 1st Played Korać Cup
1992–93 1 TBL 1st Saporta Cup RU
1993–94 1 TBL 1st Champion EuroLeague QF
1994–95 1 TBL 3rd EuroLeague
1995–96 1 TBL 1st Champion Korać Cup C
1996–97 1 TBL 1st Champion EuroLeague QF
1997–98 1 TBL 2nd Champion EuroLeague QF
1998–99 1 TBL 2nd EuroLeague QF
1999–00 1 TBL 2nd Semifinalist EuroLeague SF3rd
2000–01 1 TBL 2nd Champion SuproLeague SF3rd
2001–02 1 TBL 1st Champion EuroLeague T16
2002–03 1 TBL 1st Semifinalist EuroLeague T16
2003–04 1 TBL 1st Runner-up EuroLeague T16
2004–05 1 TBL 1st Quarterfinalist EuroLeague QF
2005–06 1 TBL 2nd Champion EuroLeague QF
2006–07 1 TBL 2nd Champion EuroLeague T16
2007–08 1 TBL 4th Semifinalist EuroLeague T16
2008–09 1 TBL 1st Champion EuroLeague RS
2009–10 1 TBL 2nd Semifinalist EuroLeague T16
2010–11 1 TBL 4th Quarterfinalist EuroLeague T16
2011–12 1 TBL 2nd Semifinalist EuroLeague T16
2012–13 1 TBL 3rd Quarterfinalist EuroLeague QF
2013–14 1 TBL 5th Runner-up EuroLeague T16
2014–15 1 TBL 2nd Champion EuroLeague QF
2015–16 1 BSL 2nd Quarterfinalist EuroLeague T16
2016–17 1 BSL 3rd Runner-up EuroLeague QF
2017–18 1 BSL 3rd Champion EuroLeague RS
2018–19 1 BSL 1st Runner-up EuroLeague RU
2019–20 1 BSL 1 Quarterfinalist EuroLeague RS1
2020–21 1 BSL 1st 1 EuroLeague C
2021–22 1 BSL Champion EuroLeague C
^1 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.

International record[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
EuroLeague
1993–94 Quarter-finals eliminated 2–1 by FC Barcelona, 50–54 (L) in Barcelona, 73–64 (W) and 62–76 (L) in Istanbul
1996–97 Quarter-finals eliminated 2–1 by ASVEL, 81–71 (W) in Istanbul, 70–80 (L) in Villeurbanne and 57–62 (L) in Istanbul
1997–98 Quarter-finals eliminated 2–1 by Benetton Treviso, 57–67 (L) in Treviso, 59–58 (W) in Istanbul and 68–76 (L) in Treviso
1998–99 Quarter-finals eliminated 2–0 by Žalgiris, 68–69 (L) in Kaunas and 70–84 (L) in Istanbul
1999–00 Final four 3rd place in Thessaloniki, lost to Panathinaikos 71–81 in the semi-final, defeated FC Barcelona 75–69 in the 3rd place game
2000–01 Final four 3rd place in Paris, lost to Panathinaikos 66–74 in the semi-final, defeated CSKA Moscow 91–85 in the 3rd place game
2004–05 Quarter-finals eliminated 2–1 by Panathinaikos, 96–102 (L) in Athens, 75–63 (W) in Istanbul and 76–84 (L) in Athens
2005–06 Quarter-finals eliminated 2–0 by CSKA Moscow, 57–66 (L) in Moscow and 71–75 (L) in Istanbul
2012–13 Quarter-finals eliminated 3–2 by Olympiacos, 62–67 (L) and 53-71 (L) in Piraeus, 83–72 (W) and 74–73 (W) in Istanbul, 72–82 (L) in Piraeus
2014–15 Quarter-finals eliminated 3–1 by Real Madrid, 71–80 (L) and 85–90 (L) in Madrid, 75–72 (W) and 63–76 (L) in Istanbul
2016–17 Quarter-finals eliminated 3–2 by Olympiacos, 87–72 (L) and 73–71 (W) in Piraeus, 64–60 (W) and 62–74 (L) in Istanbul, 78–87 (L) in Piraeus
2018–19 Final lost to CSKA Moscow 83–91 in the Final (Vitoria-Gasteiz)
2020–21 Champions defeated FC Barcelona 86–81 in the Final (Cologne)
2021–22 Champions defeated Real Madrid 58–57 in the Final (Belgrade)
FIBA Saporta Cup
1980–81 Quarter-finals 4th place in a group with FC Barcelona, Turisanda Varese and Parker Leiden
1986–87 Quarter-finals 3rd place in a group with Cibona, Scavolini Pesaro and Maes Pils
1992–93 Final lost to Sato Aris 48–50 in the Final (Turin)
FIBA Korać Cup
1989–90 Quarter-finals eliminated by Bosna, 91–107 (L) in Istanbul and 78–117 (L) in Sarajevo
1995–96 Champions defeated Stefanel Milano, 76–68 (W) in Istanbul and 70–77 (L) in Milan in the double finals of Korać Cup

Matches against NBA teams[edit]

In 2006, Efes Pilsen became the first Turkish basketball club to be invited to play with NBA teams. They competed against the Denver Nuggets in Denver, Colorado on October 11, and against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California on October 12.[9] In 2007, Efes Pilsen hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Abdi İpekçi Arena.[10]

10 October 2006
Denver Nuggets United States 118–102 Turkey Efes Pilsen
12 October 2006
Golden State Warriors United States 120–66 Turkey Efes Pilsen
6 October 2007
Minnesota Timberwolves United States 84–81 Turkey Efes Pilsen

Head coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ History Archived August 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, efesbasket.org
  2. ^ Our Successes Archived March 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, efesbasket.org
  3. ^ Announcement Archived 2012-03-24 at the Wayback Machine, efesbasket.org
  4. ^ "Anadolu Efes becomes the fourth 2019 Final Four team". May 2019.
  5. ^ "Anadolu Efes advances to EuroLeague final for the first time - Turkish News". Hürriyet Daily News.
  6. ^ "Shane Larkin scores career-high, leads Efes to Turkish League title". 21 June 2019.
  7. ^ "ANADOLU EFES ISTANBUL Arena: SINAN ERDEM DOME".
  8. ^ "Anadolu Efes retired the jersey of Naumoski". Eurohoops.net. 9 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Turkish power Efes Pilsen no match for Warriors". ESPN.com. October 13, 2006.
  10. ^ Efes Pilsen: 81 - Minnesota Timberwolves: 84.

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