Drama is never far away from Panathinaikos Athens. The six-time champion of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague has spent the last few years struggling towards the lower end of the regular-season standings, failing to make the playoffs in each of the last three seasons, but this upcoming campaign will be a major test of whether the Greens are truly back or not. For anyone familiar with Amazon Prime's All or Nothing series, this experiment will be exactly that.
The appointment of Ergin Ataman as Panathinaikos's new head coach was the first major domino to fall this summer, with the 57-year-old having taken Anadolu Efes Istanbul from the doldrums of the standings to back-to-back EuroLeague champions in 2021 and 2022. Two Greek signings were the first players to arrive – Kostas Antetokounmpo and Dimitris Moraitis – but the two most recent additions, Luca Vildoza and Mathias Lessort, have put Panathinaikos fans on the edge of their seats.
After all, Lessort was named to the All-EuroLeague First Team after boasting the second-highest average PIR in the competition at 19.1, while also averaging 12.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists for Partizan Mozzart Bet Belgrade. Vildoza, meanwhile, was named the MVP of the Month in December 2022 after hitting the ground running upon his arrival at Crvena Zvezda Meridianbet Belgrade in mid-October. Come the end of the season, Vildoza posted 12.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.4 steals and a 12.2 PIR across his 29 appearances.