Back in the 7DAYS EuroCup after four years away, Nanterre 92 and its long-time head coach Pascal Donnadieu have a brand new squad, returning just one player from last season’s roster. Nanterre signed veteran point guard Kenny Chery and from Real Betis Seville received teenager Anthony Da Silva, who will be the youngest player on the team at 18 years of age. The major perimeter threats will be shooting guards Dallas Moore and Spencer Butterfield, the latter of whom returns to Nanterre after two seasons away. Swingman Damien Bouquet and young shooting guard Isaia Cordinier complete the backcourt. Center Youssou Ndoye and forwards Taylor Smith and Devin Oliver will major forces in the paint.
Nanterre will have a dangerous one-two punch in its backcourt with playmaker Kenny Chery and shooting guard Dallas Moore. The offense will be in the hands of Chery, who will be handling the point guard duties, but can be a dangerous scorer himself. Moore, a speedy lefty shooter with unlimited range, will be a go-to guy for Nanterre on offense. His ability to penetrate and get himself easy buckets will open things up for swingmen Spencer Butterfield and Damien Bouquet, who will be lurking at the wings. Butterfield's versatility and hard-nosed approach will surely set the tone on defense. Isaia Cordinier is only 22 years of age, but has much promise and will try to prove himself at the next level after starring with Antibes in a few French League games in the latter part of last season. Anthony Da Silva returns home to France hoping to get more opportunities after a brief professional debut in the Spanish League last season.
It might not be a deep front line, but it certainly has some pretty strong pieces. Taylor Smith is an undersized center who can play either at the '4' or the '5' and a defensive force with his rebounding and shot-blocking. Youssou Ndoye is a 2.13-meter tower who was second in the French League in rebounding and fourth in blocks last season. Both Smith and Ndoye also thrive on the offensive boards and should get even more room to operate alongside Devin Oliver, a stretch-'4' who made better than 48% of his threes at two different clubs last season. The only holdover from last season is young homegrown center Jean-Marc Pansa, a talented athletic presence in the paint at both ends of the floor.
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Dallas Moore returns for a 7DAYS EuroCup encore after making a memorable debut last season. Moore netted 50 points in two Eurocup games with Fiat Turin last season, dropping 26 points against Rytas Vilnius before scoring 24 a week later against Unicaja Malaga. Moore is a superb lefty shooter who has been lighting it up in the Italian League the past two seasons, but also has quickness and a nice touch around the rims that gets him buckets in bunches. Considering last season's introduction to the competition and Moore's history of scoring at any level he has played up until now, Moore will be the offensive fuel that Nanterre runs on.
It is no secret that head coach Pascal Donnadieu will have his work cut out for him. As if having a brand new team is not tough enough, Donnadieu spent the summer as an assistant with the French national team which won the bronze medal at the Basketball World Cup in China. Donnadieu will have just over two weeks with his new players, which could make it for a tough start. Nonetheless, this team was built in the mold of previous Nanterre sides with toughness and discipline. If they avoid a slow start, Nanterre should be in good shape, because the deeper they get into the season, the tougher of an opponent Nanterre will be.