The dark clouds of ‘Thunders’ are thick. Seoul Samsung is struggling in a losing streak.
On the 30th, Samsung lost in the Goyang Carrot visit, recording a 13-game losing streak. They have not won since the match against Hyundai Mobis in Ulsan on December 19 last year. The 11 consecutive losses recorded last season under former coach Lee Sang-min have already been surpassed, and one game is left until the club’s most, 14 consecutive losses (2011-2012 season). Following last season, which ended at the bottom, this season is also in last place with 10 wins and 26 losses. It is the first time since Daegu Orions (currently Carrot) 12 years ago that they have been at the bottom in a row. Aura of disgrace flickers in front of Samsung, the famous family of yesteryear.
Samsung, which finished the previous season with the most losses in the club’s history (9 wins and 45 losses), sought renewal by appointing head coach Eun Hee-seok as the command tower. Under coach Eun, who has a lot of bones in college basketball, Samsung showed encouraging performances by surpassing the 50% win rate with 5 wins and 4 losses in the first round. In November of last year, starting with Kim Shi-rae, Lee Ho-hyun and Lee Dong-yeop, the guards were devastated, and in December, Lee Won-seok, who was a pillar under the goal, collapsed. Foreign players were all substituted due to sluggish scoring (Emmanuel Terry) and long-term injuries (Marcus Derrickson).
In front of a rope injury, coach Eun’s system basketball stance, which was based on a lot of defensive activity, also began to creak. Son Dae-beom, a commentator for <KBSN Sports>, analyzed, “Originally, the depth of the player base was a weakness, but as they broke away one by one, it became overloaded.” . Samsung’s team average of 72.9 points per game this season is the lowest among the 10 clubs. Last season, he also finished last with a 74.1 point average. Most of the offense indicators, such as 3-point scoring and field goal percentage, are similar. 스포츠토토
Even veteran aces with heavy shoulders are unable to use their strength. Lee Jung-hyun, who wore a Samsung uniform last summer as a free agent, averaged 11.6 points per game this season. He has the third-lowest scoring streak in 12 career seasons. After his debut, he is continuing the record of 564 consecutive games (the most in professional basketball career), but his performance is declining. In the last game against Carrot, he had only 6 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists in 32 minutes. Kim Si-rae also scored an average of 7.1 points, which is lower than last season (11.8 points).
He made ambitious changes, but the numbers remained the same and a losing streak was intertwined with them. Samsung’s top priority for the rest of the season is to break this vicious cycle. Commissioner Son said, “I am concerned that the sense of defeat will intensify among the players. Coach Eun also only played 20 to 30 games in the college league, and it is the first time to race 54 games. He pointed out that he is a manager with his own firm system, so he should look to the future rather than immediately and create a team atmosphere.” On the 2nd, Samsung invites Suwon Katy (KT) to the home room to stand on the test of escaping from a losing streak.