Three players are former Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champions and some others have come close. Some went away to get more experience and return now ready to make a greater impact. What all these summer signees have in common is they wanted to get back to the EuroLeague and they've made it!
Ismet Akpinar, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
Ismet Akpinar played in the EuroLeague years ago and returns ready to prove his value with the ever-ambitious Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul. Akpinar had a brief experience in the EuroLeague, averaging 1.6 points in 5 games with ALBA Berlin in the 2014-15 season. He went to play in several German and Turkish squads before signing his contract with his current team. At age 26, Akpinar is a young veteran and a threat from downtown; he made 41.2% of his three-point shots in his last two EuroCup seasons.
Danilo Andjusic, AS Monaco
Danilo Andjusic played three EuroLeague seasons in the past, two of them with Partizan NIS Belgrade, at the start of his career and another one with UNICS Kazan in 2016-17 with a very limited role. He has averaged 3.6 points on 23.6% three-point shooting in 25 career EuroLeague games. Andjusic is back in the EuroLeague with AS Monaco as one of the best all-around scorers on the continent. He averaged 17.4 points on 90.7% free throw shooting in 15 EuroCup games with JL Bourg en Bresse last season.
Tyler Cavanaugh, Zalgiris Kaunas
A modern power forward with deep shooting range and all-around skills, Tyler Cavanaugh returns to the EuroLeague with Zalgiris Kaunas after debuting in the competition with ALBA Berlin in the 2019-20 campaign. He averaged 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds for ALBA in what was his first season in Europe. Cavanaugh went on to play for Iberostar Tenerife before joining Zalgiris. He shot the ball well in the Spanish League last season (60.8% 2FG, 45.1% 3FG, 83.6% FT) and Cavanaugh should keep it going.
Nikola Ivanovic, Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
At age 27, combo guard Nikola Ivanovic has switched Adriatic powerhouses, joining Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade at the prime of his career. Ivanovic brings a lot of know-how from his seven seasons with Buducnost VOLI Podgorica of his native Montenegro, mostly in the 7DAYS EuroCup. During that run, he debuted in the EuroLeague with Buducnost, playing eight games in the 2018-19 season with averages of 7.0 points and 3.6 assists. Ivanovic made it to the All-EuroCup Second Team in the 2017-18 campaign, too.