Two veteran electric power forwards are established to encounter each other for the very first time in nearly three many years when Nicolo Melli and AX Armani Exchange Milan (4-) welcome James Gist and LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne (3-1) to the Mediolanum Forum on Thursday night time in a match with top-of-the table implications.
Melli and Gist have been rivals on Turkish Airways EuroLeague floors for extra than a ten years. Both of those made their EuroLeague debuts in the 2010-11 period, Gist for Partizan NIS Belgrade, when Melli joined Milan from his hometown of Reggio Emilia.
Gist has not missed a EuroLeague year since then and hardly ever played much less than the 14 games from his debut season. Now in his 12th period, Gist also expended a time with Fenerbahce Ulker and half a year with Unicaja Malaga before becoming a member of Panathinaikos Athens in December 2012 for 7 seasons. In the past two seasons in advance of this, he was with Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade and FC Bayern Munich, respectively.
Gist has averaged 8.6 points and 4.2 rebounds for his occupation, taking pictures improved than 53% on two-tips and knocking down 142 three-level shots. Melli owns job averages of 7.4 points and 4.7 rebounds. He has been a much better a few-stage shooter, in quantity and accuracy level, and has averaged extra assists than Gist over his 9 EuroLeague seasons.
Melli invested his initially 5 EuroLeague seasons with Milan just before taking part in two seasons apiece with Brose Bamberg and Fenerbahce. He served the Turkish powerhouse attain two EuroLeague Final Fours, in 2018 and 2019, and soon after two yrs in the NBA has returned to Milan at age 30.
Melli and Gist have performed 10 games against each other more than the many years. The first came in the Prime 16’s last spherical again in February 2012, when Milan conquer Fenerbahce at Mediolanum Discussion board.
The last of all those 10 game titles was in December 2018, when Melli’s Fenerbahce beat Gist and Panathinaikos on the road in Athens 69-81. In those people 10 games, Melli’s groups have taken six wins in excess of Gist’s teams.
Gist has averaged 10.3 PIR, 8.7 details and 5.9 rebounds in people 10 game titles, compared to Melli’s 9.2 PIR, 6.9 points and 3.5 rebounds. Gist has manufactured 57.7% of his two-place photographs although Melli knocked down a impressive 51.7% of his three-ideas, averaging 1.5 for each contest.
Thursday night will be an additional option for these two veteran EuroLeague gamers to choose just about every other’s evaluate, with Milan poised to continue to be unbeaten, when ASVEL appears to be to carry on its individual wonderful begin.