Spanoulis defies logic. Partly because he makes scoring appear effortless, although that is a trait common among players of his offensive prowess. More importantly, he belongs among the elite few who overturn mathematical sense by showing that baskets in the clutch are, somehow, worth more than baskets during any other point in the game. The higher the stakes, the more difficult Spanoulis will become to stop, even for stronger, bigger, quicker opponents as he can splice through the defence and finish at the rim, or hit a step-back three-pointer. The Greek superstar has built his career through submitting himself to a sequence of challenges, giving his best and moving on to the next one without looking back. He propelled Panathinaikos to the Euroleague crown in 2009 and then moved across town to lead arch-rivals Olympiacos to two consecutive Euroleague trophies, the one more improbable than the other, earning MVP honours on all three occasions. His only pending challenge remains to lead Greece to the final of a major tournament. He was too young to play a major role in the gold medal success of EuroBasket 2005 and still not the go-to player when Greece won silver at World Championship 2006.