Jiri Welsch brings a steadying veteran presence to the current squad with the ability to fill a number of roles, giving good minutes at the wing or stepping in to spell Satoransky in the playmaker position. Along with Barton, he was present 16 years ago in France, and he has a wealth of experience built up over an illustrious career that is split into two parts: the European and the American one. He left his native country for some European experience at age 20, joining Olimpia Ljubljana where he made a name for himself, winning the Slovenian League and the Adriatic League. He was soon to be drafted by the Golden State Warriors to the NBA, realising his long-time dream and becoming the second Czech player in history to do so. But he never really found a role in the NBA and his rollercoaster career on the other side of the Atlantic ended when he decided to accept an offer to move back to Europe to play in the ACB with Malaga. Welsch produced some of the most mature basketball of his career with the Spanish outfit and, after a stop in Belgium with Spirou, he elected to return to his native land with Nymburk. He has been made club captain for the perennial champions, for whom he played in 60 games in all competitions in 2014-15, starting all 15 Eurocup matches and finishing in the domestic league top 10 for assists per game.