Euroscar

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Dirk Nowitzki, seated, wearing a green Nike shirt
German-born power forward Dirk Nowitzki has won six Euroscar Awards.
Tony Parker playing for the French national team
Belgian-born point guard Tony Parker won the award in 2007 and 2013

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 33 different countries,[1] who submit their vote for the year's best European basketball player from the previous calendar year.[2] 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.[3] Sabonis, Petrović, Dalipagić, and Meneghin are also in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.[4] Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, Andrei Kirilenko and Nowitzki are still playing in the NBA.[5] 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.[6]

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.


Award winners[edit]

Arvydas Sabonis shooting a free throw for the Portland Trail Blazers
Lithuanian center Arvydas Sabonis won six Euroscar Awards between 1984 and 1999.
Toni Kukoč playing basketball for the Milwaukee Bucks
Yugoslavian/Croatian player Toni Kukoč won five Euroscar Awards between 1990 and 1998.
Pau Gasol wearing a brown T-shirt
Spanish forward/center Pau Gasol won three straight awards between 2008 and 2010.

When a winner has played for more than one club team in the calendar year of his award, all are listed.

^ Denotes player who is still active
* 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 Euroscar Award
Year Winner Country Club(s)
1979
Tkachenko, VladimirVladimir Tkachenko  Soviet Union Stroitel Kiev
1980
Dalipagić, DraženDražen Dalipagić***  SFR Yugoslavia Partizan Belgrade
1981
Kićanović, DraganDragan Kićanović**  SFR Yugoslavia Partizan Belgrade and
Scavolini Pesaro
1982
Kićanović, DraganDragan Kićanović** (2)  SFR Yugoslavia Scavolini Pesaro
1983
Meneghin, DinoDino Meneghin***  Italy Olimpia Milano
1984
Sabonis, ArvydasArvydas Sabonis***  Soviet Union Žalgiris Kaunas
1985
Sabonis, ArvydasArvydas Sabonis*** (2)  Soviet Union Žalgiris Kaunas
1986
Petrović, DraženDražen Petrović***  SFR Yugoslavia Cibona Zagreb
1987
Galis, NikosNikos Galis**  Greece
 United States
Aris Thessaloniki
1988
Sabonis, ArvydasArvydas Sabonis*** (3)  Soviet Union Žalgiris Kaunas
1989
Petrović, DraženDražen Petrović*** (2)  SFR Yugoslavia Real Madrid and
Portland Trail Blazers
1990
Kukoč, ToniToni Kukoč  SFR Yugoslavia KK Split
1991
Kukoč, ToniToni Kukoč (2)  SFR Yugoslavia
 Croatia
KK Split and
Benetton Treviso
1992
Petrović, DraženDražen Petrović*** (3)  Croatia New Jersey Nets
1993
Petrović, DraženDražen Petrović*** (4)  Croatia New Jersey Nets
1994
Kukoč, ToniToni Kukoč (3)  Croatia Chicago Bulls
1995
Sabonis, ArvydasArvydas Sabonis*** (4)  Lithuania Real Madrid and
Portland Trail Blazers
1996
Kukoč, ToniToni Kukoč (4)  Croatia Chicago Bulls
1997
Sabonis, ArvydasArvydas Sabonis*** (5)  Lithuania Portland Trail Blazers
1998
Kukoč, ToniToni Kukoč (5)  Croatia Chicago Bulls
1999
Sabonis, ArvydasArvydas Sabonis*** (6)  Lithuania Portland Trail Blazers
2000
Fučka, GregorGregor Fučka  Italy Fortitudo Bologna
2001
Stojaković, PejaPeja Stojaković[2]  FR Yugoslavia
 Greece
Sacramento Kings
2002
Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki^  Germany Dallas Mavericks
2003
Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki^ (2)  Germany Dallas Mavericks
2004
Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki^ (3)  Germany Dallas Mavericks
2005
Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki^ (4)[7]  Germany Dallas Mavericks
2006
Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki^ (5)  Germany Dallas Mavericks
2007
Parker, TonyTony Parker^[8]  France San Antonio Spurs
2008
Gasol, PauPau Gasol^ [9][10]  Spain Memphis Grizzlies and
Los Angeles Lakers
2009
Gasol, PauPau Gasol^ (2)[11]  Spain Los Angeles Lakers
2010
Gasol, PauPau Gasol^ (3) [12]  Spain Los Angeles Lakers
2011
Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki^ (6)[13]  Germany Dallas Mavericks
2012
Kirilenko, AndreiAndrei Kirilenko^[14]  Russia CSKA Moscow and
Minnesota Timberwolves
2013
Parker, TonyTony Parker^ (2)[15]  France San Antonio Spurs

References[edit]

General
Specific
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  2. ^ a b "Stojakovic wins 2001 Euroscar Award". nba.com. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  3. ^ "FIBA Hall of Fame Players List". FIBA. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  4. ^ "Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  5. ^ "NBA & ABA Active Leaders and Records for Hall of Fame Probability". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  6. ^ "Dirk Nowitzki". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  7. ^ "Nowitzki Wins Euroscar". FIBAEurope.com. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  8. ^ "Parker Wins Euroscar". Interbasket.net. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  9. ^ "Pau Gasol is 2008 European Player of the Year". Interbasket.net. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  10. ^ "Gasol Wins Euroscar (2008)". La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  11. ^ "Europlayer Gazzetta Pau Gasol". La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  12. ^ "Gasol Europlayer Gazzetta 2010". La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  13. ^ "Dirk Nowitzki: "Angela Merkel is nice"; "I want to top Sabonis."". Ballin' Europe. 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  14. ^ "Kirilenko king The Russian is voted Europlayer 2012". La Gazzetta dello Sport. 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  15. ^ "Europlayer 2013 a Parker Bissato il successo del 2007". La Gazzetta dello Sport. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-15.