Saved on the final day last season, Paris Basketball intends to take advantage of this new campaign to settle permanently in the top tier. With an invitation to participate in the next Eurocup, the club from the capital begins a new era. Find all the information on Paris Basketball, its transfers and objectives for the 2022-2023 Betclic Elite season.
Review of Paris Basketball last season
That the 2021/2022 season was complicated for Paris Basketball. Promoted to the elite of French basketball thanks to exploits in the play-offs, the Parisian club however arrived on tiptoe in Betclic Elite. And rightly so! Despite an ambitious long-term project, this first season was going to be mixed for the players in the capital. With a workforce made up of young players like Juhann Bégarin but also experienced like Amara Sy, maintaining was the club’s sole objective. And to get there, we had to win at his neighbor Boulogne-Levallois on the last day of the regular season! With a final record of 13 wins for 21 defeats, Paris Basketball has given itself the right to keep its place and play a second season there which will have to be much better.
The movements of the off-season
This is an important step that will happen on the side of Paris Basketball. Maintained in the elite, the Parisian club will also play its first European Cup in its young history (Eurocup). With a schedule that will be loaded (the first round of the Eurocup alone represents 18 matches), the capital club has therefore decided to expand its workforce. For this, a new coach has arrived, Will Weaver, assistant coach so far in the NBA with the Houston Rockets. He comes to the French capital with 2 players who played in the G-League last season, Tyrone Wallace and Aamir Simms. Other newcomers (at the lead) should arrive shortly, but at the time of writing these few lines, the signatures have not yet been formalized. The most important thing for the club remains the extensions of the young tricolors Ismaël Kamagate and Juhann Begarin, whose departures across the Atlantic could be an option. Good news for Paris Basketball.
In the radius of departures, the club said goodbye to Amara Sy, who at 41 years old, will take the role of sports director in the Parisian organization chart. The star rookie of the summer of 2021, Kyle O’Quinn, who had a disappointing exercise, also took to their heels, as did Milan Barbitch, DJ Funderburk and Ryan Boatright. A small staff review that seemed necessary following a poorly controlled last season.
Arrivals: Tyrone Wallace (Long Island Nets/G-League, 2023), Aamir Simms (Westchester Knicks/G-League, 2023), Will Weaver (coach, assistant Houston Rockets, 2023), Killian Malwaya (ASVEL hope, intern)
Departures: Amara Sy (end of career), Milan Barbitch (FOS on sea), DJ Funderbury (Patras/Greece), Ryan Boatright (Sarasov/Russia), Kyle O’Quinn (Mikawa Seahorses/Japan)
Under contract : Axel Toupane (2024), Dustin Sleva (2024), Gauthier Denis (2024), Kyle Allman (option activated, 2023), Ishmael Kamagate (extension, 2023), Juhann Begarin (extension, 2023)
The squad of Paris Basketball 2022/2023
Rears: Kyle Allman, Tyrone Wallace, Juhann Begarin, Killian Malwaya
Wingers: Axel Toupane, Gauthier Denis, Mohamed Diawara
Power forwards: Aamir Simms, Dustin Sleva
Pivots: Ishmael Kamagate
Coach: Will Weaver
Club ambitions and standings
The final workforce is not yet drawn, but the ambitions are clear: to settle in Betclic Elite and become a main player. For this, the ambition will be to reach the play-offs (top 8) and to achieve a good run in the Eurocup (pass the 1er tower). If the French players that are Juhann Begarin and Ismaël Kamagate should still progress this season, the workforce still seems too short to play a major role on the domestic scene as well as in Europe.
Player to watch: Juhann Begarin
Aged only 20, Juhann Begarin will begin his second season in Betclic Elite. Author of 11.1 points on average last season, added to 4 rebounds and 1.5 steals, the French rear will probably make his last season in Europe. Drafted by the Boston Celtics a year ago, and very prominent this summer in the Summer League, the young tricolor should get more responsibilities in the game during this new season. The confrontations in Eurocup will also be a revelation for him, before taking the plunge to the USA. This 2022/2023 season promises to be the hatching season for Juhann Begarin.
Calendar for the 2022-2023 season
D2: 09/27/2022, @ Nanterre
D5: 11/10/2022, vs. Monaco
D12: 11/12/2022, @ LDLC Asvel
D13: 17/12/2022, vs Boulogne-Levallois
D18: 21/01/2023, vs LDLC Asvel
D20: 05/02/2023, @ Monaco
D24: 03/17/2023, vs Nanterre
D34: 05/16/2023, @ Boulogne-Levallois