Rise of Panathinaikos: What's been working for them lately?

Augustas Šuliauskas
Staff Writer
2022-12-14 13:15

BasketNews expert Augustas Suliauskas takes a look at the recent Panathinaikos Athens successful stretch, analyzing how Dejan Radonjic adjusted to Dwayne Bacon's strengths and created the winning formula.

Credit: Vangelis Stolis
Credit Vangelis Stolis

Despite Tuesday's 3-point loss to Valencia in Spain, Panathinaikos Athens have recently made significant progress in their game.

The start of the season was rough - the Greeks struggled without their primary point guard Nate Wolters and managed to win only 1 game out of 5. Then came the famous addition of Dwayne Bacon, and with the return of Walters, Panathinaikos secured 5 victories in 8 contests. 

In these last 8 games, we are getting to see the complete picture of how the team from Athens will look throughout this season. A lot of isolation basketball, showtime transition dunks, and sometimes unpredictable outcomes of their games. 

Looking purely at the statistical columns, we see a huge difference between the periods with and without Bacon and Walters.

In the first 5 EuroLeague rounds, Panathinaikos were scoring only 100.3 points per 100 possessions (15th place), while later, this number went up to 112.6 points per 100 possessions (10th place).

Their defense remained average and unchanged, but the jump in offense heavily influenced their net rating, which went from 2nd worst to 8th best. 

But how exactly did Panathinaikos involve Bacon and Walters? If it's mainly the isolation plays, is it simply Bacon's greatness or smart tactics by Dejan Radonjic?

Let's look at the tape to see what has been working for Panathinaikos in their winning period with video examples.

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