Team 2012-13: Acea Roma (Italy-Lega)
Career: Montepaschi Siena (Italy-Lega, 2003-07); Scafati Basket (Italy-Lega, 2007-08); Lottomatica-Acea Roma (Italy-Lega, 2008-13); Detroit Pistons (USA-NBA, 2013)
An excellent campaign with Italy last summer sparked Gigi Datome's breakout season: against Turkey, the forward played two of his best career games, with high-flying plays in the first leg game before scoring the buzzer-beater in the return game in Kayseri. The experience with Italy provided him with huge confidence, so much so that for a third year in a row Datome improved his stats and was unanimously named as the Serie A's regular season MVP. Datome looked mature enough to earn an NBA contract, evidenced by his signing of a two-year deal with the Detroit Pistons. Gigi has become a consistent scorer, thanks to his athleticism and three-point shot (48% last summer with Italy) but also because of improved dribbling abilities. Heading into his third EuroBasket, Datome will be one of the Azzurri's leaders, acquiring Danilo Gallinari's starting forward spot. Coach Pianigiani - who coached him in Siena - is ready to give him big responsibilities on both ends of the court and Datome, always considered as a positive example thanks to his work ethic, looks eager to take on the challenge.