Created on 2015-07-02 at 10:30 AM
One of the most talked about German players will soon be shooting baskets for FC Bayern. Maximilian Kleber has departed from Spanish team Obradoiro CAB and has signed a two-year-deal with Bayern with a possible one year extension.
The 23-year-old Würzburg native achieved promotion with his home town team before switching into one of Europe’s toughest leagues. In his only season with Obradoiro, Kleber was a force as he averaged 11.5 points per game while collecting 6.4 rebounds per game.
“It is no secret that Maxi is one of the biggest talents in German Basketball. We are so lucky that he decided to play and take the next step of his career here at FC Bayern Basketball, said CEO Marko Pesic after successfully signing the power forward.
"After a successful season in Spain, I want to take the next step in my career,” said Kleber. “I am very excited to play for a great team like FC Bayern. With help from Svetislav Pesic’s coaching staff and the chance to play in a competition like the Euroleague, I want to raise my game a level and bring the title back to Munich next year.”
From 2009 until 2014, Maximilian Kleber played for s.Oliver Baskets from Würzburg. The 6’7 athlete is perfect for playing at the four and five position. In his last season with the team from Franconia, he averaged 9.9 points, while smothering 6.7 boards and dishing out one dime per game. He played 50 games for Würzburg.
In Spain Kleber proved what he can do with consistent performances and great talent. He was a key figure during Obradoiro season and helped them stay up. In 33 games, (15 wins), Kleber played 25 minutes per game and played 30 games in the starting five.
In a surprise victory back in December against FC Barcelona, the German PF dropped 23 points and was four for four from beyond the arc. On matchday 25, he scored 36 points in an 88-82 victory over Fuenlabrada.
For the German national team Kleber played in 13 games and averages 10.8 PPG. In 2012 he took part in the “Adidas Euro Camp” in Treviso.
MAXIMILIAN KLEBER (29th January 1992, Würzburg)
Power Forward – 6'7 – 216 lbs – 13 games played for Germany
- 2009 – 2014 s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg
- 2014 – 2015 Obradoiro CAB (25 MPG, 11.5 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 0.8 APG)
Yassin Idbihi and Lucca Staiger have left FC Bayern Basketball as their contracts have expired. “We are very thankful for what Lucca and Yassin have done for us in the past couple of years,” said Bayern CEO Marko Pesic after the final discussions. “They were both apart of our championship team from 2014 and played a big part in our triumph. They will always have a special place here at the club.”
31-year-old and former Germany national team center Yassin Idbihi arrived in Munich in 2013. In the championship season he averaged 16 minutes per game while dropping 5.8 points and grabbing 4.2 boards. In the 23 Euroleague games he averaged 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds. During last season, the German-Moroccan suffered from injury problems and only made 20 appearances in the BEKO BBL. He averaged 10 minutes per game, while only scoring 3.4 points per game.
“I am very thankful that I had the chance to play for FC Bayern and I am very happy and proud that I won the championship back in 2014. It is my biggest success to date. Now I am searching for a new challenge and I wish Bayern all the best for the future,” said Idbihi before departing.
27-year-old Lucca Staiger also took a look back at his two years in a Bayern jersey. The three-ball specialist came from Ludwigsburg in 2013 and during the championship season hit 45 three pointers, giving him a 40.2 percentage from beyond the arc. This past season the shooting guard averaged 13.3 minutes per game, while scoring 4.6 points. In the fifth and final playoff game against Bamberg, he hit four out of five three pointers.
“My time in Munich was a very special, useful and important for me, not only because we won the title one year ago,” said Lucca Staiger.” “I have met many nice people and had the honor to work with special people. The cohesion there was great, everyone was so helpful. I have never experienced something like this in my career and I would like to say thank you to everyone at the club.”
FC Bayern Basketball would like to wish Yassin Idbihi and Lucca Staiger all the best for their futures.