In a recent interview, CSKA head coach Dimitris Itoudis spoke about a conversation he had with Daniel Hackett prior to the latter signing with CSKA over the summer. "I am going to do it, coach. I am going to do it with 1 minute that you give me or 30, whatever you need," Hackett told his coach-to-be. That attitude helped Hackett become a glue guy and motivational leader for CSKA in his first season with the club. He was always ready to help the team, no matter how much playing time he saw. Hackett had a key defensive role against Real Madrid in the semifinals; he played physical against their guards and contributed 3 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in less than 20 minutes.
Hackett brought out his best in the championship game against Anadolu Efes Istanbul, especially in a critical moment of that decisive showdown. His best moments came early in the fourth quarter with an assist for a Sergio Rodriguez three-pointer followed by a layup that gave CSKA a 64-73 margin. He finished the game with 7 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 fouls drawn. After seven EuroLeague seasons with five different teams, Hackett can be called a EuroLeague champion!