2011-12 All-Euroleague Team nominees
TheBloob am 20.04.2012 um 11:55
Barcelona, April 20, 2012. After counting the votes from fans and media members far and wide, Euroleague Basketball is pleased to release the names of the 10 nominees for the All-Euroleague teams. Tens of thousands of fans from around the globe were able to cast votes for their favorite players, as did media members from each of the countries with Euroleague teams this season. Teams that qualified to the Final Four dominated the nominations, with CSKA Moscow striking three nominees, while FC Barcelona Regal and Panathinaikos each had two. Only two nominees came teams that did not reach the Final Four, which highlights the importance playing team-oriented, winning basketball has on being an All-Euroleague nominee. The All-Euroleague first and second teams as well as the identity of the 2011-12 Euroleague MVP will be revealed at the Efes Pilsener Euroleague Awards Ceremony on the evening of May 12 at Ciragan Palace in Istanbul during the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four.
Bo McCalebb, Montepaschi Siena
Bo McCalebb, who is also the 2012 Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy winner, makes his second appearance on an All-Euroleague team in just his third season in the competition. The Montepaschi Siena playmaker proved himself as an elite game changer by taking two teams to the Final Four in his first two Euroleague seasons – Partizan in 2010 and Siena in 2011. Perhaps the fastest player with the ball in the league, McCalebb combined that weapon with his passing ability and uncanny shooting to lead the Montepaschi attack. He scored in double figures in every game he played for a 16.9 points per game average in leading his team to the playoffs and an overall 13-7 record. McCalebb was also tied for the league lead in three-point accuracy (52.63 %), ranked third in performance index rating (17.3), sixth in steals (1.3 spg.), ninth in fouls drawn (4.2 pg.) and led all guards in two-point shooting (63.7%) and true shooting percentage (63.5%). McCalebb, 27, was previously an All-Euroleague Second Team selection for the 2009-10 season. In three professional seasons, he has won three league titles and three cups. McCalebb also holds a FYROM passport and led that country’s national team to the EuroBasket 2011 semifinals in remarkable fashion.
Milos Teodosic, CSKA Moscow
Mercurial playmaker Milos Teodosic fueled the league’s most dominant attack in his first season with CSKA Moscow. Teodosic, 25, recorded more assists than any player in the league entering the Final Four and ranked third in assists per game (5.2 apg.). Moreover, he was the only player in the league to record multiple double-digit assist games and did so in back-to-back weeks to finish the regular season. The former Euroleague MVP dished a league-best 5.9 assists per game in helping CSKA to an undefeated regular season. He was again best in the league in the playoffs with 6.5 dished per game. All the while, Teodosic continued to score (10.1 ppg.) and was never afraid to take big shots as evidenced by his buzzer-beating three-pointer to beat Brose Baskets on the road in Week 7. Teodosic arrived at CSKA this season after spending the previous four with Greek club Olympiacos, during which he reached back-to-back Euroleague Final Fours, won a pair of Greek Cups and was named Euroleague MVP and All-Euroleague First Team for the 2009-10 season. A native of Serbia, he also helped his country’s national team win the silver medal at EuroBasket 2009 and reach the semifinals at the 2010 World Championships.
Dimitris Diamantidis, Panathinaikos
Dimitris Diamantidis followed up a season in which he won both the Euroleague MVP and the Final Four MVP awards and his third Euroleague title by playing hero for the Greens again. The legend of Diamantidis grew even more with his record-setting playoff performance in knocking out Maccabi Electra in five games. He finished as the playoffs leader in performance index rating (24 per game) and fouls drawn (7.4 per game), while setting playoffs records for most free throws in a single game (15) and series (27). He also earned playoffs Games 1 and 5 MVP honors and was subsequently chosen as the bwin MVP for March and April. Entering the Final Four, Diamantidis leads Panathinaikos in scoring (11.3 ppg.), assists (4.9 apg.), steals (1.5 spg.) and performance index rating (17 per game). This marks the third time Diamantidis has been named to the All-Euroleague team. Among his long list of accolades in eight seasons with Panathinaikos are five Final Four appearances and two Final Four MVPs. He is also a six-time winner of the Best Defender award. In domestic action, Diamantidis has collected seven Greek League and six Greek Cup titles, while with the Greek national team he won EuroBasket 2005 and won the silver medal at the 2006 World Championships.
Henry Domercant, Unics Kazan
Unbridled scorer Henry Domercant was the leader of one of this season’s best Turkish Airlines Euroleague stories. Domercant filled nets around Europe in bunches all season long in guiding rookie Euroleague team Unics Kazan all the way to the playoffs. The 31-year-old shooting guard finished the season as the league leader in three-pointers made (48), ranked fifth in three-point accuracy (49.48 %), fourth in scoring (15.5 ppg.) and seventh in performance index rating (16.3). At one point Domercant compiled a streak of 21 straight free throws made. He also captured bwin MVP for January honors after leading Unics to a 2-0 start in the Top 16. Domercant established himself as Unics’s go-to guy with a 30-point performance on opening night, even though his team lost to Siena. >From that point on Domercant emerged as the team leader and played a prominent role in a number of memorable come-from-behind wins. Domercant averaged double figures in points in each of his five previous Euroleague seasons with Efes Pilsen, Olympiacos and Montepaschi Siena. Over the course of nine professional seasons with seven teams in four countries, he has celebrated three domestic championships and four cups.
Vassilis Spanoulis, Olympiacos
Perhaps no other player has been more important to his own team than Vassilis Spanoulis has been to Olympiacos. A Euroleague champion and Final Four MVP with Panathinaikos in 2009, Spanoulis is in his second season with the Reds and has not stopped making headlines. Simply put, Spanoulis has been the Reds' heart and soul throughout this Euroleague season. He leads Olympiacos in scoring, assists and performance index rating and is the competition's second-best scorer (16.5 ppg.). He also leads the league in fouls drawn (5.9 per game) and free throws made (102 of 122, 83.6%), is ranked fifth in index (16.4 per game) and seventh in assists (seventh, 3.95 apg.). Spanoulis was chosen as the bwin MVP for February after leading Olympiacos back to a 0-2 start in the Top 16 to clinch a playoffs spot. He starred with a 20-point, 8-assist, 4-steal performance in the decisive win over Galatasaray Medical Park. Spanoulis was chosen to the All-Euroleague Second Team in 2006 and 2011. He is also a regular with the Greek national team and has won the gold medal at EuroBasket 2005, silver at the 2006 World Championships in 2006 and bronze at EuroBasket 2009.
Juan Carlos Navarro, FC Barcelona Regal
By becoming the Turkish Airlines Euroleague's all-time top scorer this season, FC Barcelona Regal superstar Juan Carlos Navarro added another milestone to his already legendary career. Navarro is a two-time Euroleague champion, was the 2008-09 Euroleague MVP and the 2010 Euroleague Final Four MVP. All told Navarro is set to play in his sixth Euroleague Final Four and has been named to the All-Euroleague First Team a record five times. Navarro shined when his team needed its most as the second-best scorer in the playoffs (17.3 ppg.) to help Barcelona become the only team this season to sweep its playoffs series. Not surprisingly, Barcelona is 11-0 this season when Navarro scored at least 10 points. Despite his scoring prowess, Navarro is the ultimate team player and barely missed a spot among the top 10 in assists (13th, 3.2 apg.). Complementing his Euroleague accomplishments, Navarro boasts several medals with Spanish national team, highlighted by winning the title at the 2006 World Championships, being chosen as the EuroBasket 2011 MVP and also leading Spain to gold at EuroBasket 2009. He also snagged an Olympic silver medal in 2008 and is on pace to make a fourth Olympic appearance at London 2012.
Andrei Kirilenko, CSKA Moscow
After a decade away from CSKA Moscow, forward Andrei Kirilenko made up for lost time with a dominant campaign for the Russian giants. Kirilenko led the Turkish Airlines Euroleague this season in performance index rating (24.1 per game), rebounding (7.2 rpg.) and blocked shots (1.87 bpg.) and was the only player to rank among the 10 best in scoring (seventh, 14 ppg.), rebounding, steals (second, 15.3 spg.) and blocks. Kirilenko’s prowess on the defensive end led to his being voted the 2012 Best Defender Trophy by Euroleague head coaches. He had an instant impact on the competition as the regular season Games 1 and 4 MVP in addition to bwin MVP for October honors. Kirilenko was also the playoffs best scorer (17.5 ppg.), when he claimed two more weekly MVP honors to become the first player to win four such honors in one season since Anthony Parker of Maccabi won five in 2004-05. Kirilenko has also starred for the Russian national team, which he led to the gold medal at EuroBasket 2007, after which he was named MVP, and the bronze medal at EuroBasket 2011, after which he was selected to the all-tournament team.
Mike Batiste, Panathinaikos
An All-Euroleague First Team member last season, Mike Batiste is an institution for all Panathinaikos fans. In his ninth consecutive season with the club - a great accomplishment for a foreign player at such a demanding club – Batiste remains the Greens' main pillar in the paint. Entering the Final Four, he leads Panathinaikos in offensive rebounding (2 orpg.), is tied for the lead in rebounding (5 rpg.) and is second in average performance index rating (10.6 per game) in addition to his scoring (10 ppg.). Batiste has been taking care of business in the paint since he joined Panathinaikos in 2003. The Greens have won the Greek League every season he has been at the club and have been a perennial threat to win the Euroleague too, lifting the trophy in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Batiste is the Euroleague career leader in two-pointers made (861) with great effectiveness (60.1%), showing how steady and relentless his work has been over the years. Batiste has helped Panathinaikos win a record seven consecutive Final Four games since 2005. Two more wins would give Batiste a fourth Euroleague title, making him the winningest American player in Europe in nearly four decades.
Nenad Krstic, CSKA Moscow
Nenad Krstic has been CSKA Moscow's main reference in the paint this season by changing games with his post skills, mid-range shooting and winning character. Chosen as the bwin MVP for November, Krstic got off to a stellar start with his new team by leading the regular season in total index ranking (217) and helping CSKA go undefeated. Krstic also earned Top 16 Game 3 MVP honors and ranks among the 10 best players in several different statistical categories. Krstic is second overall in index (19.6 per game), fifth in scoring (14.7 ppg.), ninth in rebounding (5.9 rpg.), fifth in foul drawn (4.9 per game) and fourth in shooting percentage (63.9%) despite making more baskets (166) than anyone else in the competition. The numbers attest to how strong his play has been in his first Euroleague season since 2003-04. Moreover, his dependability has been a major bonus: Krstic was one of only two CSKA players to appear in every game and he increased his statistical output in practically every category when fellow All-Euroleague nominee was injured. Krstic has also helped the Serbian national team win a silver medal at EuroBasket 2009 and reach the semifinals at the 2010 World Championships.
Erazem Lorbek, FC Barcelona Regal
Erazem Lorbek checks into the All-Euroleague team for the third time in four seasons after another outstanding campaign with FC Barcelona Regal. The uber talented big man was the top player this season for the club that enters the Final Four with the best record in the Euroleague. Lorbek, 28, leads Barca in average performance index rating (16.3 per game), scoring (13.8 ppg.), rebounding (4.7 rpg.) and true shooting percentage (54.2%). One of only two Barcelona players to start every game, Lorbek worked hard to help Barca become the best defensive team (61.5 ppg.) in competition history. Despite playing for a defensive-minded team, Lorbek’s numbers place him 10th in the league in scoring and fifth in index this season. He was also the Week 7 bwin co-MVP, although the 15-point, 8 rebound effort against Prokom that night was hardly one of his best performances of the season. Lorbek, won the Euroleague title with Barcelona in 2010, is in his third season with the club. He has also reached the Euroleague title game with Fortitudo Bologna (2004) and CSKA Moscow (2009). The 2004-05 Euroleague Rising Star is also a regular for the Slovenian national team, which he led to the EuroBasket 2009 semifinals.
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