March 24, 2011
At guard, Vassilis Spanoulis made the almost unprecedented move across town to Olympiakos from its hated rival Panathinaikos, which no doubt polarised a lot of people. His presence has been a significant addition to the team; it has allowed Milos Teodosic to play mostly in the off-guard role that is more suited to him, and also further reduces the workload on Theo Papaloukas. Papaloukas is as effective in pick-and-roll situations as he as ever been, but he's also even slower than ever, and has also completely lost his jumpshot this season - split between Euroleague and Greek A1 play, he has shot only 6 for 53 from three point range. He is, by this time, a limited player, who knows what to do, but who doesn't have the speed to do much of it any more.
April 26, 2010
- Vassilis Spanoulis
After the Spurs traded for his contract and bought him out for $0 in the summer of 2007 - using Luis Scola as a means to dump Jackie Butler's contract, in a rare misstep on their part - Spanoulis signed with Panathinaikos. He is still there to this day, the lead guard on last year's Euroleague champions. This year Spanoulis is averaging 11.0 points and 3.5 assists per game in the Greek league, and also put up 10.5 points and 3.8 assists per game in the team's now finished Euroleague campaign.