Having finished the last three seasons just shy of the playoffs in either ninth or 10th place, Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz will be focused on finally knocking down that door in the 2023-24 season. A few departures have left last season's top-scoring Turkish Airlines EuroLeague team looking to replace lost points and assists, but also taking the opportunity to shore up what was the competition's third-worst defense. A second season under head coach Joan Penarroya and solid returnees at key positions will provide the foundation for what Baskonia fans hope is a successful push into the post-season.
Baskonia has put the ball in the hands of a EuroLeague newcomer, Codi Miller-McIntyre, who nonetheless is a veteran of four EuroCup seasons as a starting point guard and offers the kind of floor generalship and on-the-ball defense that can make all the team's parts work together. His main targets on the perimeter will be sharpshooter Markus Howard, the team's top scorer last season, and new arrival Nico Mannion, who scratched the surface of his vast potential by scoring 5.9 points on average in 19 EuroLeague appearances with Virtus Segafredo Bologna. Another backcourt signing can be expected, but for the moment, Baskonia is using unsigned 22-year-old Hugo Besson, a tall point guard from France, in its training camp and preparation games. Still-young shooting ace Vanja Marinkovic, who put up 9.1 points per game last season, gives Baskonia yet another scoring threat on the perimeter, while small forwards Tadas Sedekerskis and Dani Diez are exactly the kind of hustle players that the local fans adore.