Can Samsung show a change?
Seoul Samsung has been a low-level team representing the league for the past few years. I haven’t participated in spring basketball since the 2016-2017 season. In particular, they lost face by finishing at the bottom of the last two seasons.
However, Samsung’s appearance at the beginning of last season was somewhat different. Hee-seok Eun was newly appointed as coach, and through harsh training in the off-season, the organization was aligned. And at the beginning of the season, it caused a sensation by recording 6 wins and 4 losses through consistent movement and organized basketball. However, due to the injuries of key players, Samsung was shaken, and as a result, it received the lowest grade.
In this off-season, Samsung was unable to capture Lee Ho-hyeon (184cm, G), who played an active role between the bench and starting pitcher. In addition, Jang Min-guk (199cm, F) also announced his retirement. I signed a new contract with Lee Dong-yeop (193cm, G), but in terms of power, I was rather weak. To make up for this, they tried to recruit Choi Jun-yong (200cm, F), but even that failed.
As a result, Samsung sent an ‘air conditioning rig’ that did not yield a great harvest this time either. However, the prospects are not all bleak. Through last season, I saw the growth potential of Lee Won-seok (206cm, C) and Shin Dong-hyuk (191cm, F). Kim Jin-young (193cm, G) and Cha Min-seok (199cm, F) also joined the team again. In addition, if Kim Si-rae (178cm, G) and Lee Jung-hyun (193cm, G) hold the center, they can achieve another growth.
However, the possibility of advancing to spring basketball is still not high. A number of teams have strengthened themselves this offseason. In particular, Suwon KT and Jeonju KCC, which fell in the middle of last season, recruited the biggest fish players, Moon Seong-gon (196cm, F) and Choi Jun-yong (200cm, F). There are Heo Hoon (180cm, G) and Song Gyochang (200cm, F) who will be discharged from Sangmu. DB also didn’t have any big recruits, but they made their roster thicker by recruiting ‘real’ players.
Seoul SK, Changwon LG,메이저놀이터 and Ulsan Hyundai Mobis, which were at the top, also became stronger. Even if Daegu Korea Gas Corporation and Anyang KGC have weakened, it is still unclear whether Samsung will gain the upper hand in the middle-ranking battle.
objectively weakened. However, Samsung is still competitive as long as it is healthy. Attention is focusing on whether Samsung can succeed in restoring its reputation next season.