Two veteran electrical power forwards are established to confront every other for the initial time in just about a few many 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 evening in a video game with top-of-the table implications.
Melli and Gist have been rivals on Turkish Airways EuroLeague floors for additional than a 10 years. Both of those built their EuroLeague debuts in the 2010-11 year, Gist for Partizan NIS Belgrade, although Melli joined Milan from his hometown of Reggio Emilia.
Gist has not skipped a EuroLeague time due to the fact then and by no means performed less than the 14 online games from his debut season. Now in his 12th period, Gist also used a season with Fenerbahce Ulker and half a year with Unicaja Malaga before signing up for Panathinaikos Athens in December 2012 for seven seasons. In the last two seasons before 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 profession, capturing improved than 53% on two-pointers and knocking down 142 3-place photographs. Melli owns profession averages of 7.4 factors and 4.7 rebounds. He has been a greater three-level shooter, in volume and precision price, and has averaged more assists than Gist about his nine EuroLeague seasons.
Melli invested his 1st 5 EuroLeague seasons with Milan prior to playing two seasons apiece with Brose Bamberg and Fenerbahce. He assisted the Turkish powerhouse attain two EuroLeague Ultimate Fours, in 2018 and 2019, and immediately after two a long time in the NBA has returned to Milan at age 30.
Melli and Gist have performed 10 video games versus every other more than the yrs. The to start with came in the Prime 16’s remaining spherical back again in February 2012, when Milan defeat Fenerbahce at Mediolanum Forum.
The last of those 10 online games was in December 2018, when Melli’s Fenerbahce defeat Gist and Panathinaikos on the street in Athens 69-81. In these 10 video games, Melli’s groups have taken six wins about Gist’s teams.
Gist has averaged 10.3 PIR, 8.7 factors and 5.9 rebounds in individuals 10 game titles, when compared to Melli’s 9.2 PIR, 6.9 factors and 3.5 rebounds. Gist has designed 57.7% of his two-level shots even though Melli knocked down a impressive 51.7% of his a few-pointers, averaging 1.5 per contest.
Thursday night will be another option for these two veteran EuroLeague players to get every other’s measure, with Milan poised to stay unbeaten, though ASVEL seems to proceed its have wonderful get started.