The Euroscar European Player of the Year Award is an annual basketball award that started in 1979. The award names each year's best European basketball player, regardless of where he plays in the world, including National Basketball Association players. The award is judged on the basis of both sports club and national team performances and accomplishments. This is not the official European basketball player of the year award, which is the FIBA Europe Player of the Year Award given out by the International Basketball Federation. The honor is presented the January after the calendar year it is awarded for, i.e. the 2011 award was presented in 2012.
The Euroscar is decided upon by a committee composed of coaches, players and sportswriters from 14 different countries, who submit their vote for the year's best European basketball player from the previous calendar year. The award is given out by the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. It is one of four "player of the year awards" that any European basketball player can receive, along with the official FIBA Europe Player of the Year Award, the Italian magazine Superbasket's Mr. Europa Award, and Eurobasket's All-Europeans Player of the Year.
Lithuanian center Arvydas Sabonis and German power forward Dirk Nowitzki currently hold the record for most wins with six. Croatian small forward Toni Kukoč is next on the list with five. Nowitzki holds the record for most consecutive wins with five.
Of players who won the award, Sabonis, Dražen Petrović, Dražen Dalipagić, Dino Meneghin, Dragan Kićanović and Nikos Galis are in the FIBA Hall of Fame. Sabonis, Petrović, Dalipagić, and Meneghin are also in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, Andrei Kirilenko and Nowitzki are still playing in the NBA. Nowitzki is also the only player to win the Euroscar Award and the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, but he did not win both in the same season.
Since Petrović won his third award in 1992, while playing for the New Jersey Nets, only three Euroscar winners (Sabonis in 1995, Gregor Fučka in 2000, and Andrei Kirilenko in 2012) played in a European league during the year they won the award, and only Fučka did not play in the NBA for any part of his award-winning year.
When a winner has played for more than one club team in the calendar year of his award, all are listed.
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|*||Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|**||Elected to the FIBA Hall of Fame|
|***||Elected to both the Naismith and FIBA Halls of Fame|
|Player (X)||Denotes the number of times the player won the IBM Award|
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