19 September, 2017
06 May, 2018
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Same faces, new places: Players changing clubs, but staying in the Basketball Champions League

MIES (Basketball Champions League) - Leaders will lead, no matter what the color of the shirt is. As evident by a number of last season's standout players who are continuing to excel at their new clubs.

Transfers between Basketball Champions League clubs are becoming a common occurrence, with Juan Palacios joining Besiktas Sompo Japan from Neptunas Klaipeda, Armani Moore leaving Stelmet Zielona Gora for EWE Baskets Oldenburg, and former Banvit player Edo Muric signing with Stelmet Zielona Gora - just to name a few.

We've taken a closer look at ten players who have been superb in both Basketball Champions League seasons so far.

Mike Green - Pinar Karsiyaka and AEK Athens

The experienced point guard led Pinar Karsiyaka to upset wins over Besiktas Sompo Japan in the Play-Offs last season. He continued to be the floor general once he arrived in Athens, and the yellow-and-black outfit suits him fine. Green has averaged 13.7 points and 4.9 assists for AEK this season.

Paul Lacombe - SIG Strasbourg and AS Monaco

There seems to be a nice little connection between Strasbourg and Monaco, with Lacombe, Wright, Bost changing sides since last season. AS Monaco are 9-0 and former Strasbourg star Paul Lacombe is a big reason why, with 10.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game, doing a little bit of everything for Group A leaders.

Adonis Thomas - Sidigas Avellino and Banvit

Strong swingman demostrated his power for Sidigas Avellino last season. This season, he's even better at Banvit! Adonis Thomas was our Gameday 4 Most Valuable Player, after taking down medi Bayreuth in Turkey. Coach Saso Filipovski got what he needed when he signed the former University of Memphis player.

Will Hatcher - Partizan and Dinamo Sassari

It was a match made in heaven, with Will Hatcher feeling the love of Partizan fans, whilst delivering clutch game-winning shots for the Belgrade juggernauts last season. Over the summer he ended up in a packed Dinamo Sassari backcourt, making his mark behind the three-point arc, hitting 48.4 percent of his shots from deep.

Mateusz Ponitka - Pinar Karsiyaka and Iberostar Tenerife

One of the most exciting and athletic players wherever he shows up, Mateusz Ponitka was winning games for Pinar Karsiyaka last season, almost celebrating a place at the Final Four. He made a leap to the big stage over the summer, fitting right in at Iberostar Tenerife, usually being on the receiving end of Tenerife's marvelous passing game.

Jamal Shuler - AS Monaco and Nanterre 92

Basketball Champions League is a competition with some excellent shooters, and both AS Monaco and Nanterre 92 know all about Jamal Shuler's touch. After ending up on podium last season with the Roca Team, Shuler went back to Nanterre, and with 17.3 points and 5.3 assists per game, he is currently in the Top 10 in both categories. 

Ariel Filloy - Umana Reyer Venezia and Sidigas Avellino

One of the most fun players to watch worldwide! Ariel Filloy was part of the Italian League winning side Umana Reyer Venezia last season, and he wants more of the same at Sidigas Avellino this time around. A master of circus shots, the savvy veteran led Avellino to a 10-3 record in Italian League so far - tied for first spot.

Zack Wright - AS Monaco and SIG Strasbourg

Zeko (bunny rabbit in Bosnia and Herzegovina, his adopted homeland) is hopping up and down again. SIG Strasbourg management obviously liked what they saw at AS Monaco last season, as they decided to pair up Dee Bost and Zack Wright once more. Bost is still adjusting to the new club, but Wright is feeling fine, putting up 10.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game for SIG Strasbourg.

Nemanja Djurisic - Stelmet Zielona Gora and Telekom Baskets Bonn

The Montenegrin was arguably the best player for Zielona Gora last season, which earned him a trip to Bonn. And at Telekom Baskets Bonn, Nemanja Djurisic needed no time at all to show why he is a fan favorite, with his energetic dunks and strong plays at both ends of the court.

Gediminas Orelik - Banvit and Umana Reyer Venezia

Last season, Gediminas Orelik fell just short with Banvit, losing the Final to the hands of the mighty Iberostar Tenerife. He found his new home in Venice over the summer, drawing oohs and ahhs from the Italian crowd with his trademark buzzer-beaters. Orelik makes 3 three-pointers per game, averages 13.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Italian champions.