The beginning of a new season is nearing, and all teams had started their preparations for the upcoming season. As always, that means that the new additions are getting used to their new teams, their teammates and their new city.
But who are the new faces (or old faces in new places) in every team that will play in the Euroleague? We have selected two players per club, who joined a new team.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Micic had a good year last season with Zalgiris Kaunas, as he averaged 22 minutes and 7.7 points per game, and now he has the chance to have a breakout year with Anadolu Efes. Though Micic only started 10 out of 36 games last season, he has proven that he’s ready to step his game up.
Larkin spent last season with the Boston Celtics, and he appeared in 54 games averaging 14 minutes. His former team, Baskonia, offered Larkin a spot on their roster, but he decided to sign with Anadolu Efes instead. He showed that he was very suited to the Euroleague during his time with Baskonia, so it will be interesting to see what he has learned during his time with Boston.
Amedeo Della Valle
Della Valle spent his college years with Ohio State, but decided to return to Italy to play professional basketball. Olimpia Milan will be his second professional club after college, as he previously played for Pallacanestro Reggiana. Last season, Della Valle averaged 14.6 points and 3 assists in 29.6 minutes.
Burns has played professional basketball in countries as Portugal, Germany, Israel, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and the Czech Republic throughout his career, and he has now signed a contract with Olimpia Milano in Italy. Burns was born in the United States, but has since then obtained Italian citizenship.
Clarke plays for the Montenegrin team in the Euroleague, Buducnost, after first playing in Puerto Rico and Russia. Clarke also spent about a year in the NBA and G-League with the Celtics and Red Claws.
Last year, Craft won the French Leaders Cup with AS Monaco, but he has now made the step to KK Buducnost. During his time in the G-League, Craft was the Defensive player of the year, made it into the All-Defensive team twice and became the D-League champion once.
This will be Hackett’s seventh year in the Euroleague, and he already has 134 Euroleague games under his belt. Last season, Hackett played for Brose Bamberg in the Euroleague, but the team has now chosen to play in the third season of the Basketball Champions League. Hackett will be a great addition to CSKA, and will play together with Sergio Rodriguez and Nando De Colo.
Bolomboy was the 52th pick by the Utah Jazz in 2016, and spent the last two seasons with the Jazz and the Milwaukee Bucks. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t really convince and spent most of his time in the G-League with the Salt Lake City Stars and the Wisconsin Herd. Now, he has grabbed the chance to prove himself in Europe and signed a three-year deal with CSKA.
Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul
McCallum made his Euroleague debut for Unicaja last year, after spending his first few professional years in the NBA and the G-League. His first Euroleague season was quite a success, and he will have more chances to prove himself with Darussafaka.
This will be Evans’ second stint in the Euroleague, after he played for Khimki in the 2016-2017 season. Besides that, he has quite a bit of experience in the NBA and the G-League, as he played there from 2010 until 2018. In total, Evans played 250 NBA games.
Singleton has been quite successful in Europe, as he has won the Greek League twice with Panathinaikos, as well as being named to the Best Five of the Greek League. Now, he has made the next step and joined Barcelona. There, he will play together with Adam Hanga and Ante Tomic.
Kuric signed with Barcelona over the summer, after playing for Estudiantes, Gran Canaria and Zenit in the previous seasons. He is known as a great shooter, and had the shooting percentage to prove it.
FC Bayern Munich
Lô played for Brose Bamberg during his first two professional years, but he has now made the step to Bayern. He is still only 25-years-old, so he’ll have enough time to develop himself further, and Bayern will give him enough opportunities to prove that he’s ready.
The Finnish guard already has a couple of years of experience in the Euroleague, and he will be a good veteran addition to the team.
Ennis will make his debut in European basketball for Fenerbahce this year, after four seasons in the NBA. He will have to show that he can adapt to the style of play in the Euroleague.
Lauvergne spent the last four seasons in the NBA, but he wasn’t really able to convince. He averaged below ten minutes and 4 points per game with the Spurs, so he decided it was time for him to return to Europe. He will join a strong team with other former NBA players and Nicolo Melli.
Herbalife Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is a new team in the Euroleague, and they kept most of their team together to try and be competitive in the Euroleague right away. But, as they lacked Euroleague experience, they signed Tillie to the team. He’ll have the chance to prove himself again after coming off several injuries.
Strawberry also already has some Euroleague experience, as he previously played for Besiktas and Olympiacos. Furthermore, he has spent one season in the NBA, had two stints in the G-Legaue, played in Israel, Croatia, Lithuania, Italy, Puerto Rico, France, Turkey and Greece.
Hilliard signed his first professional contract outside of the United States this off season. He was drafted with the 38th pick in 2015, but he ended up playing only 91 games in three seasons. He had several stints in the G-League, and was also plagued by several injuries. He did show what he was worth in the G-League, as Hilliard averaged 21 points per game with the Austin Spurs. Hilliard earned his first NBA contract through his shooting skills, so now it’s time to prove that his shooting is still up to par and that he’s a right fit for Baskonia.
Shields signed with Baskonia over the summer after playing for Skyliners Frankfurt and Aquila Trento over the past two years. He does already have international experience, as he played in the EuroCup last season. Now, he’ll have to show that he can be of value to get Baskonia into the Final Four.
Khimki Moscow Region
Mickey is one of the new big men for Khimki. He might not be the tallest, as he’s only 2.03m, but he has already proven that he can use his athleticism to his advantage on the court.
Prather started his career in Australia, where he managed to win three titles in a row, two with the Perth Wildcats and one with Melbourne United. Now, he will make his Euroleague debut for Khimki.
Maccabi Tel Aviv
O’Bryant was drafted in the second round of the NBA draft in 2014, and spent his first four professional seasons in the NBA and the G-League. Now, O’Bryant has made the step to Europe and the Euroleague. Though he’s dedicated to Maccabi, he has made clear that this is a way for him to show where he belongs: the NBA.
Wilbekin had quite a good season last year, as he became the EuroCup Champion, MVP, Final MVP and made it into the All-Eurocup First Team with Darussafaka. It will be interesting to see what Wilbekin can do this year with Maccabi, as he didn’t make much of an impact the last time he played in the Euroleague, but he has improved a lot since then.
Timma made his Euroleague debut last year with Baskonia, and he had a decent year with the team. Over the summer, Orlando Magic was interested in signing Timma to their team, but as he didn’t agree with the term, he preferred to stay in Europe. The NBA interest shows that Timma still has a lot of potential, so it will be interesting to see how Timma will fit into the Olympiacos team.
Toupane switched teams within the Euroleague this offseason. Last year, he played for Zalgiris, and proved himself to be quite effective on defense. With his help, Zalgiris managed to reach the Final Four for the first time in 19 years. Now, Toupane has to show he’ll fit in with the Greek team.
This will be Lasme’s second stint with Panathinaikos, after he previously played there between 2012 and 2014. He had two good Euroleague seasons with them, and now it’s time to show that he still got it. The veteran had a good season in Greece last year, so he’ll definitely be a good addition to the team.
Langford has quite a bit of Euroleague experience, so he’ll be a great addition to Panathinaikos. So far, he has already played 118 games in the Euroleague, and stacked up several prices in the other leagues he played in. Langford was the Adriatic League Final Four MVP in 2012, VTB United League champion in 2011, VTB scoring champion in 2016, VTB All-Star in 2017, EuroCup Top Scorer in 2016, and won the Alphonso Ford EuroLeague Top Scorer Trophy twice. Langford will have to be an extra scoring option for Panathinaikos this season.
Real Madrid will be Deck’s first European team, after he previously played in Argentina. Though he’s only 23, Deck already has a lot of experience, as he become the Fiba Americas League Champion and the Grand Final MVP last year with San Lorenzo, as well as the Argentine League MVP, the Argentine League Finals MPV, AL Best Young player and the Argentini League Champion. So, Deck definitely seems ready to take the plunge in Europe and show that he belongs in the Euroleague.
This will be Prepelic’s second stint in the Euroleague, after he appeared in 10 games for Union Olimpija back in 2012. Since then, he has improved quite a lot, and has even won the Gold medal with Slovenia at the 2017 EuroBasket. Prepelic has proven he is an outstanding shooter, so he’ll be a great addition to the Madrid team.
Walkup had a good season last year, as he was named to the All-BBL First Team, as well as a BBL All-Star for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. There, he showed that he was ready for the next step in his career, and he’ll find a new home with Zalgiris. Now, Walkup will have to adapt to the Euroleague level quickly and be a steady contributor on the team.
Grigonis worked hard the past few seasons, and that definitely paid off. He became the Champions League champion and Final Four MVP in 2017 with Tenerife, spent one year with Alba Berlin and decided to return to Zalgiris, the club where he started his career. He was a talented player in their youth program a couple of years ago, so it will be interesting to see how he’ll fit in with the senior team.