How can low-budget teams be competitive in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague? The lack of a salary cap makes this task almost impossible. So what should Crvena Zvezda, Zalgiris Kaunas, or ALBA Berlin do?

Free throws this season

74%
10,4
Points made: 10,4
Accuracy: 74,1%
Place in standings: 16
Record max: 17
Record min: 4
Most made FTs: Nikola Kalinic

Basketnews' Augustas Suliauskas analyzed the one and only way for poorer teams to compete - the stifling defense of Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade, who currently ranks no.1 after 8 EuroLeague rounds.

The Belgrade's club only allows their opponents to score 67.25 points per game. In the last duel, Crvena Zvezda left Panathinaikos OPAP Athens with 48 points and blew out PAO by 33 points (81-48).

Despite having the third-worst offense in the league, the Red Star managed to get 3 victories in 8 contests. In 3 victorious matches, they allowed 57.3 points from the opposite side.

If you want to have an even deeper statistical look, check out our Advanced Team Stats section, where you'll be able to find offensive/defensive rankings and many more.

The red and whites play with a very high physicality on the defensive end and always stay on the foul line. They usually press the rivals in the full court and take them out from the set plays. Even referees need to adapt to Zvezda's play and interpret fouls differently than on other occasions.

On the struggling attack, the bright player is Nate Wolters, who is averaging 13 points (70.6% 2PT), 3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.6 turnovers, and 13.6 PIR. Just like for the teams, we also have an Advanced Players Stats section, where you can find all the statistical info you need about your favorite athletes.

When you cannot win by talent, outplay your opponents by the desire to win and energy.

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