2008–09 Euroleague

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Euroleague
O2 World Berlin-Friedrichshain.JPG
The Final Four was held in the O2 World in Berlin
Season 2008–09
Champions Greece Panathinaikos
5th title
Runners-up Russia CSKA Moscow
Third place Spain FC Barcelona
Fourth place Greece Olympiacos
Teams 24
Games played 188 (total)
Dates 22 October 2008 – 3 May 2009
Awards
MVP Spain Juan Carlos Navarro
Final Four MVP Greece Vassilis Spanoulis
Rising Star Serbia Novica Veličković
Best Defender Greece Dimitris Diamantidis
Coach of the Year Serbia Duško Vujošević
Statistical leaders
Index Rating Israel D'or Fischer
21.5
Points Serbia Igor Rakočević
18.0
Rebounds Turkey Mirsad Türkcan
8.6
Assists Greece Theodoros Papaloukas
5.2

The 2008–09 Euroleague was the 9th season of the professional basketball competition for elite clubs throughout Europe, organised by Euroleague Basketball Company, and it was the 52nd season of the premier competition for European men's clubs overall. The season, which featured 24 teams from 13 different countries, culminated in the 2008–09 Euroleague Final Four at the new O2 World arena in Berlin, Germany.[1] It was won by Panathinaikos, who defeated in the final, the defending champions, CSKA Moscow.

While the general structure of the competition was identical to that used in recent seasons, changes were made to the format for two of its phases, the Regular Season and Quarterfinals.

Top 16 game between Real Madrid and Maccabi Electra

Teams of the 2008–09 Euroleague[edit]

Key to colors
     Champion
     Runner-up
     Third place
     Fourth place
     Eliminated in Quarterfinals
     Eliminated in Last 16
     Eliminated in the regular season
Country (League) Teams Teams (ranking in 2007-08 national championship)
Spain Spain (ACB) 5 [2] Tau Cerámica (1) FC Barcelona (2) DKV Joventut (SF) Unicaja Málaga (SF) Real Madrid (QF)
Italy Italy (Lega A) 4 Montepaschi Siena (1) Lottomatica Roma (2) Air Avellino (SF) Armani Jeans Milano (SF)
Greece Greece (ESAKE A1) 3 Panathinaikos (1) Olympiacos (2) Panionios Forthnet (3)
Turkey Turkey (TBL) 2 Fenerbahçe Ülker (1) Efes Pilsen (SF)
France France (LNB Pro A) 2 Nancy (1) Le Mans (SF)
Lithuania Lithuania (LKL) 1 Žalgiris (1)
Germany Germany (BBL) 1 Alba Berlin (1)
Croatia Croatia (A1 Liga) 1 Cibona (SF)
Russia Russia (Superleague A) 1 CSKA Moscow (1)
Israel Israel (BSL) 1 Maccabi Electra (2)
Slovenia Slovenia (SKL) 1 Union Olimpija (1)
Serbia Serbia (KLS) 1 Partizan (1)
Poland Poland (PLK) 1 Asseco Prokom Sopot (1)
  • DKV Joventut qualified as ULEB Cup winners.

Team rosters[edit]

Format[edit]

Regular Season

The first phase was a regular season, in which the competing teams were drawn into four groups, each containing six teams. Each team played every other team in its group at home and away, resulting in 10 games for each team in the first stage. The top 4 teams in each group advanced to the next round. This was the first year for this particular format; previously, the competing teams were split into three groups of eight teams each, with the top five teams in each group plus the best sixth-place team advancing.

If two or more clubs finished level on won-lost record, tiebreakers were applied in the following order:[3]

  1. Head-to-head record in matches between the tied clubs
  2. Overall point difference in games between the tied clubs
  3. Overall point difference in all group matches
  4. Points scored in all group matches
  5. Sum of quotients of points scored and points allowed in each group match

Games were played from October 22, 2008 to January 15, 2009.[4]

Top 16

The surviving teams were then divided into four groups of four teams each, and again a round-robin system was adopted resulting in 6 games each, with the top 2 teams advancing to the quarterfinals. Tiebreakers are identical to those used in the Regular Season. Games began on January 28 and ended March 12.

Quarterfinals

In the quarterfinals, the top placed teams from each Top 16 group played second placed teams from a different group in a best-of-five playoff series, with the winners of those series advancing to the Final Four. This was the first season in which the quarterfinals were best-of-five; previously, they had been best-of-three. The quarterfinal matches were played from March 24 until April 9.

Final Four format

The culminating stage of the Euroleague in which the four remaining teams played a semifinal match and the winners of those advance to the final. The losers played in a third-place playoff. The team which was victorious in the Final (Panathinaikos) would be Euroleague champion. The Final Four semifinals were played May 1, with the third-place game and final on May 3.

Regular season[edit]

The regular season began on October 20, 2008 and concluded on January 15, 2009.

Key to colors
     Top four places in each group advanced to Top 16

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Spain Unicaja Málaga 10 8 2 771 698 +73
2. Greece Olympiacos 10 6 4 815 748 +67
3. Israel Maccabi Electra 10 6 4 815 811 +4
4. Croatia Cibona 10 5 5 760 772 -12
5. Italy Air Avellino 10 3 7 754 814 -60
6. France Le Mans 10 2 8 747 819 -72

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Spain FC Barcelona 10 9 1 813 650 +163
2. Italy Montepaschi Siena 10 8 2 835 750 +85
3. Greece Panathinaikos 10 7 3 763 707 +56
4. Poland Asseco Prokom Sopot 10 2 8 675 734 -59
5. Lithuania Žalgiris 10 2 8 716 812 -96
6. France Nancy 10 2 8 706 855 -149

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Spain Tau Cerámica 10 8 2 916 808 +108
2. Italy Lottomatica Roma 10 6 4 814 786 +28
3. Turkey Fenerbahçe Ülker 10 6 4 779 755 +24
4. Germany Alba Berlin 10 4 6 691 748 -57
5. Spain DKV Joventut 10 4 6 800 810 -10
6. Slovenia Union Olimpija 10 2 8 725 818 -93

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Russia CSKA Moscow 10 7 3 774 644 +130
2. Spain Real Madrid 10 6 4 740 707 +33
3. Italy Armani Jeans Milano 10 5 5 734 745 -11
4. Serbia Partizan 10 5 5 706 687 +19
5. Turkey Efes Pilsen 10 4 6 713 762 -49
6. Greece Panionios Forthnet 10 3 7 668 790 -122

Top 16[edit]

The Top 16 stage was played from January 28 to March 12, 2009.

The draw was conducted on January 19 at Euroleague Basketball Company headquarters in Barcelona. The group winners in the Regular Season were drawn from one pot, the runners-up from one pot, the teams in 3rd place from one pot and those in 4th place from one pot. Teams that played in the same group in the Regular Season could not meet again in the Top 16. Also, teams from the same country could not be drawn into the same pool unless it was necessary to prevent teams from the same Regular Season group from being drawn together.

Key to colors
     Top two places in each group advanced to quarterfinals

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Greece Olympiacos 6 5 1 496 446 +50
2. Spain Tau Cerámica 6 4 2 556 474 +82
3. Italy Armani Jeans Milano 6 2 4 455 529 -74
4. Poland Asseco Prokom Sopot 6 1 5 444 502 -58

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Spain FC Barcelona 6 5 1 508 429 +79
2. Spain Real Madrid 6 5 1 505 487 +18
3. Israel Maccabi Electra 6 2 4 459 481 -22
4. Germany Alba Berlin 6 0 6 427 502 -75

*FC Barcelona wins the group over Real Madrid by the head-to-head point differential.

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Greece Panathinaikos 6 5 1 503 428 +72
2. Serbia Partizan 6 4 2 420 434 -14
3. Spain Unicaja Málaga 6 2 4 484 461 +23
4. Italy Lottomatica Roma 6 1 5 441 525 -84

Group H[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Diff
1. Russia CSKA Moscow 6 5 1 454 377 +77
2. Italy Montepaschi Siena 6 4 2 472 456 +16
3. Croatia Cibona 6 2 4 423 456 -33
4. Turkey Fenerbahçe Ülker 6 1 5 384 444 -60

Quarterfinals[edit]

Team 1 hosted Games 1 and 2, plus Game 5 if necessary. Team 2 hosted Game 3, and Game 4 if necessary.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg 4th leg 5th leg
Olympiacos Greece 3–1 Spain Real Madrid 88–79 79–73 63–71 78–75
Regal FC Barcelona Spain 3–2 Spain Tau Cerámica 75–84 85–62 62–69 84–63 78–62
Panathinaikos Greece 3–1 Italy Montepaschi Siena 90–85 79–84 72–53 91–84
CSKA Moscow Russia 3–0 Serbia Partizan 56–47 77–50 67–56

Final four[edit]

The Final Four was played on May 1 and on May 3. Semifinal games were played on Friday, while the third-place playoff and Final were played on Sunday. The event was hosted at the O2 World in Berlin. It was the first time the event was held in Berlin.

Semifinals
May 1
Final
May 3
 Spain Regal FC Barcelona  78  
 Russia CSKA Moscow  82  
 
     Russia CSKA Moscow  71
   Greece Panathinaikos  73
Third place
 Greece Olympiacos  82  Spain Regal FC Barcelona  95
 Greece Panathinaikos  84    Greece Olympiacos  79

Individual statistics[edit]

Rating[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Rating PIR
1. Israel D'or Fischer Israel Maccabi Electra 13 279 21.46
2. United States Terrell McIntyre Italy Montepaschi Siena 19 377 19.84
3. Turkey Mirsad Türkcan Turkey Fenerbahçe Ülker 14 271 19.36

Points[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Rating PPG
1. Serbia Igor Rakočević Spain Tau Cerámica 21 377 17.95
2. United States Terrell McIntyre Italy Montepaschi Siena 19 328 17.26
3. Poland David Logan Poland Asseco Prokom Sopot 15 253 16.87

Rebounds[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Rating RPG
1. Turkey Mirsad Türkcan Turkey Fenerbahçe Ülker 14 121 8.64
2. Israel D'or Fischer Israel Maccabi Electra 13 99 7.62
3. Greece Ioannis Bourousis Greece Olympiacos 22 162 7.36

Assists[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Rating APG
1. Greece Theodoros Papaloukas Greece Olympiacos 22 114 5.18
2. Montenegro Omar Cook Spain Unicaja Málaga 16 82 5.13
3. United States Terrell McIntyre Italy Montepaschi Siena 19 84 4.42

Other Stats[edit]

Category Name Team Games Stat
Steals per game Poland David Logan Poland Asseco Prokom Sopot 15 2.67
Blocks per game Spain Fran Vázquez Spain FC Barcelona 23 1.74
Turnovers per game Poland David Logan Poland Asseco Prokom Sopot 15 2.93
Fouls drawn per game Slovenia Sani Bečirović Italy Lottomatica Roma 13 6.23
Minutes per game Poland David Logan Poland Asseco Prokom Sopot 15 34:18
2FG% Czech Republic Luboš Bartoň Spain FC Barcelona 23 0.800
3FG% Italy Marco Mordente Italy Armani Jeans Milano 12 0.555
FT% United States Louis Bullock Spain Real Madrid 20 0.953

Game highs[edit]

Category Name Team Stat
Rating Israel Lior Eliyahu Israel Maccabi Electra 42
Points United States Terrell McIntyre Italy Montepaschi Siena 35
Rebounds Republic of Ireland Pat Burke Poland Asseco Prokom Sopot 20
Assists Greece Theodoros Papaloukas Greece Olympiacos 13
Steals 7 occasions 6
Blocks United States Loren Woods Lithuania Žalgiris 7
Turnovers 3 occasions 8
Fouls Drawn Slovenia Sani Bečirović Italy Lottomatica Roma 12

Awards[edit]

Euroleague 2008–09 MVP[edit]

Euroleague 2008–09 Final Four MVP[edit]

All-Euroleague Team 2008–09[edit]

[5]

Position All-Euroleague First Team Club Team All-Euroleague Second Team Club Team
PG
United States Terrell McIntyre Italy Montepaschi Siena Greece Theodoros Papaloukas Greece Olympiacos
SG/SF
Serbia Igor Rakočević Spain Tau Cerámica Lithuania Ramūnas Šiškauskas Russia CSKA Moscow
SG/SF
Spain Juan Carlos Navarro Spain FC Barcelona Greece Vassilis Spanoulis Greece Panathinaikos
PF/C
Greece Ioannis Bourousis Greece Olympiacos Slovenia Erazem Lorbek Russia CSKA Moscow
PF/C
Montenegro Nikola Peković Greece Panathinaikos Brazil Tiago Splitter Spain Tau Cerámica

Rising Star[edit]

Best Defender[edit]

Top Scorer (Alphonso Ford Trophy)[edit]

Coach of the Year (Alexander Gomelsky Award)[edit]

Club Executive of the Year[edit]

MVP Weekly[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Game Player Team Rating
1 United States Will McDonald Spain Tau Cerámica 32
2 United Kingdom Pops Mensah-Bonsu Spain Joventut Badalona 37
3 Serbia Igor Rakočević Spain Tau Cerámica 34
4 United States Mike Hall Italy Armani Jeans Milano 28
5 Spain Edu Hernandez-Sonseca Spain Joventut Badalona 38
6 Israel Lior Eliyahu Israel Maccabi Electra 42
7 Guyana Rawle Marshall Croatia Cibona 34
8 Slovenia Sani Bečirović Italy Lottomatica Roma 38
9 United States Immanuel McElroy Germany Alba Berlin 38
10 Turkey Oğuz Savaş Turkey Fenerbahçe Ülker 41

Top 16[edit]

Game Player Team PIR
1 Montenegro Nikola Peković Greece Panathinaikos 28
Israel D'or Fischer Israel Maccabi Electra 28
Israel Lior Eliyahu (2) Israel Maccabi Electra 28
2 Serbia Novica Veličković Serbia Partizan 29
3 Turkey Ersan İlyasova Spain FC Barcelona 39
4 Brazil Tiago Splitter Spain Tau Cerámica 28
5 United States Charles Gaines Israel Maccabi Electra 33
United States Mike Hall (2) Italy Armani Jeans Milano 33
6 United States Mike Batiste Greece Panathinaikos 35

Quarter-finals[edit]

Game Player Team PIR
1 Central African Republic Romain Sato Italy Montepaschi Siena 36
2 Slovenia Erazem Lorbek Russia CSKA Moscow 33
3 Lithuania Ramūnas Šiškauskas Russia CSKA Moscow 30
Slovenia Matjaž Smodiš Russia CSKA Moscow 30
4 United States Terrell McIntyre Italy Montepaschi Siena 37
5 Turkey Ersan İlyasova (2) Spain FC Barcelona 26

MVP of the Month[edit]

Month Player Team
October 2008 Turkey Ersan İlyasova Spain FC Barcelona
November 2008 Slovenia Sani Bečirović Italy Lottomatica Roma
December 2008 Israel Lior Eliyahu Israel Maccabi Electra
January 2009 Serbia Igor Rakočević Spain Tau Cerámica
February 2009 Serbia Novica Veličković Serbia Partizan
March 2009 Slovenia Erazem Lorbek Russia CSKA Moscow

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

External links[edit]