Versatile shooting guards Yakuba Ouattara of AS Monaco and his counterpart Sehmus Hazer of Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul are certain to have important roles when their teams meet on Friday.
Major matchup: Ouattara, Monaco vs. Hazer, Fenerbahce
Ouattara is a classic three-and-d wing player and he performs his duties admirably. Though Ouattara is only averaging 5.1 points per game, he is second in the league in three-point accuracy at 51.6%. His combination of strength and athleticism allows Ouattara to make life tough on opponents’ top perimeter scorers. He had his best game of the season against Fenerbahce when they met in Round 13 with 15 points on 3-of-7 three-point shooting and 6 rebounds.
Hazer is averaging 4.6 points in less than 12 minutes per game this season, his first with Fenerbahce. However, he has played more than 12 minutes in five of his team’s last seven games and Fenerbahce won each of those. Hazer has averaged 8.0 points and 2.0 steals over his last three games and the rash of injuries in the Fenerbahce backcourt point to him getting the opportunity to shine again. A big game from Hazer in Monaco could make a world of difference for the visitors.