Two veteran energy forwards are set to face one another for the primary time in practically three years when Nicolo Melli and AX Armani Trade Milan (4-0) welcome James Gist and LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne (3-1) to the Mediolanum Discussion board on Thursday evening in a sport with top-of-the desk implications.
Melli and Gist have been rivals on Turkish Airways EuroLeague flooring for greater than a decade. Each made their EuroLeague debuts within the 2010-11 season, Gist for Partizan NIS Belgrade, whereas Melli joined Milan from his hometown of Reggio Emilia.
Gist has not missed a EuroLeague season since then and by no means performed fewer than the 14 video games from his debut season. Now in his twelfth season, Gist additionally spent a season with Fenerbahce Ulker and half a season with Unicaja Malaga earlier than becoming a member of Panathinaikos Athens in December 2012 for seven seasons. Within the final two seasons earlier than this, he was with Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade and FC Bayern Munich, respectively.
Gist has averaged 8.6 factors and 4.2 rebounds for his profession, capturing higher than 53% on two-pointers and pulling down 142 three-point pictures. Melli owns profession averages of seven.4 factors and 4.7 rebounds. He has been a greater three-point shooter, in quantity and accuracy charge, and has averaged extra assists than Gist over his 9 EuroLeague seasons.
Melli spent his first 5 EuroLeague seasons with Milan earlier than taking part in two seasons apiece with Brose Bamberg and Fenerbahce. He helped the Turkish powerhouse attain two EuroLeague Ultimate Fours, in 2018 and 2019, and after two years within the NBA has returned to Milan at age 30.
Melli and Gist have performed 10 video games in opposition to one another over time. The primary got here within the High 16’s ultimate spherical again in February 2012, when Milan beat Fenerbahce at Mediolanum Discussion board.
The final of these 10 video games was in December 2018, when Melli’s Fenerbahce beat Gist and Panathinaikos on the street in Athens 69-81. In these 10 video games, Melli’s groups have taken six wins over Gist’s groups.
Gist has averaged 10.3 PIR, 8.7 factors and 5.9 rebounds in these 10 video games, in comparison with Melli’s 9.2 PIR, 6.9 factors and three.5 rebounds. Gist has made 57.7% of his two-point pictures whereas Melli knocked down a exceptional 51.7% of his three-pointers, averaging 1.5 per contest.
Thursday evening will likely be one other alternative for these two veteran EuroLeague gamers to take one another’s measure, with Milan poised to stay unbeaten, whereas ASVEL seems to be to proceed its personal nice begin.