Two veteran energy forwards are set to encounter every single other for the very first time in nearly a few years when Nicolo Melli and AX Armani Exchange Milan (4-) welcome James Gist and LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne (3-1) to the Mediolanum Discussion board on Thursday night time in a activity with top rated-of-the table implications.
Melli and Gist have been rivals on Turkish Airlines EuroLeague flooring for additional than a decade. Both equally produced their EuroLeague debuts in the 2010-11 period, Gist for Partizan NIS Belgrade, while Melli joined Milan from his hometown of Reggio Emilia.
Gist has not skipped a EuroLeague time given that then and in no way played much less than the 14 games from his debut period. Now in his 12th period, Gist also used a time with Fenerbahce Ulker and 50 % a season with Unicaja Malaga prior to signing up for Panathinaikos Athens in December 2012 for seven seasons. In the last two seasons ahead of this, he was with Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade and FC Bayern Munich, respectively.
Gist has averaged 8.6 details and 4.2 rebounds for his occupation, shooting much better than 53% on two-tips and knocking down 142 a few-stage pictures. Melli owns job averages of 7.4 factors and 4.7 rebounds. He has been a greater 3-position shooter, in quantity and accuracy fee, and has averaged extra helps than Gist in excess of his nine EuroLeague seasons.
Melli put in his very first five EuroLeague seasons with Milan before playing two seasons apiece with Brose Bamberg and Fenerbahce. He helped the Turkish powerhouse arrive at two EuroLeague Remaining Fours, in 2018 and 2019, and soon after two many years in the NBA has returned to Milan at age 30.
Melli and Gist have performed 10 game titles against each and every other in excess of the yrs. The to start with came in the Top rated 16’s final spherical again in February 2012, when Milan defeat Fenerbahce at Mediolanum Forum.
The very last of these 10 video games was in December 2018, when Melli’s Fenerbahce conquer Gist and Panathinaikos on the road in Athens 69-81. In individuals 10 online games, Melli’s groups have taken six wins about Gist’s groups.
Gist has averaged 10.3 PIR, 8.7 points and 5.9 rebounds in these 10 games, in comparison to Melli’s 9.2 PIR, 6.9 details and 3.5 rebounds. Gist has built 57.7% of his two-issue photographs while Melli knocked down a exceptional 51.7% of his a few-tips, averaging 1.5 for every contest.
Thursday night time will be a different prospect for these two veteran EuroLeague gamers to acquire just about every other’s measure, with Milan poised to continue to be unbeaten, though ASVEL appears to keep on its personal terrific commence.