2018–19 EuroLeague

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Turkish Airlines EuroLeague1
Vitoria - Buesa Arena 01.jpg
Competition details
Season 2018–19
Teams 16
Dates 11 October 2018 – 19 May 2019
1 Sponsored league name, referring to Turkish Airlines.

The 2018–19 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague is the 19th season of the modern era of Euroleague Basketball and the eighth under the title sponsorship of the Turkish Airlines. Including the competition's previous incarnation as the FIBA Europe Champions Cup, this will be the 62nd season of the premier competition for European men's clubs.

The season started on 11 October 2018 and will finish in May 2019.

The 2019 EuroLeague Final Four will be played at the Fernando Buesa Arena, in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

Teams[edit]

A total of 16 teams from 9 countries contest the league, including 11 sides with a long-term licence from the 2017–18 season, 1 team qualified from the EuroCup and the 4 highest-placed teams from the ABA League, the German Bundesliga, the VTB United League and the Spanish ACB.

Bayern Munich and Budućnost VOLI qualified, after clinching the Bundesliga and ABA League titles respectively. Khimki qualified as runner-up of the VTB United League. Herbalife Gran Canaria qualified as the highest-placed team in the Liga ACB without a long-term EuroLeague licence. Darüşşafaka qualified as the EuroCup champions, after beating Lokomotiv Kuban in the Finals.

Venues and locations[edit]

Team Home city Arena Capacity
Turkey Anadolu Efes Istanbul Sinan Erdem Dome 16,000
Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan Mediolanum Forum 12,700[1]
Germany Bayern Munich Munich Audi Dome 6,700
Montenegro Budućnost VOLI Podgorica Morača Sports Center 5,500[2]
Russia CSKA Moscow Moscow Megasport Arena 13,344[3]
Turkey Darüşşafaka Tekfen Istanbul Volkswagen Arena 5,240
Spain FC Barcelona Lassa Barcelona Palau Blaugrana 7,585[4]
Turkey Fenerbahçe Istanbul Ülker Sports Arena 13,059
Spain Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas Gran Canaria Arena 11,500
Russia Khimki Khimki Mytishchi Arena 7,280
Spain Kirolbet Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz Fernando Buesa Arena 15,504[5]
Israel Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Menora Mivtachim Arena 11,060[6]
Greece Olympiacos Piraeus Peace and Friendship Stadium 12,000[7]
Greece Panathinaikos OPAP Athens Olympic Sports Center Athens 18,989[8]
Spain Real Madrid Madrid WiZink Center 15,000[9]
Lithuania Žalgiris Kaunas Žalgirio Arena 15,552[10]

Personnel and sponsorship[edit]

Team Head coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Turkey Anadolu Efes Turkey Ergin Ataman Turkey Doğuş Balbay Adidas Anadolu Efes
Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Italy Simone Pianigiani Italy Andrea Cinciarini Armani Armani Exchange
Germany Bayern Munich Montenegro Dejan Radonjić Germany Danilo Barthel Adidas BayWa
Montenegro Budućnost VOLI Serbia Aleksandar Džikić Montenegro Suad Šehović Spalding VOLI
Russia CSKA Moscow Greece Dimitrios Itoudis United States Kyle Hines Nike Rostelecom
Turkey Darüşşafaka Tekfen Turkey Selçuk Ernak Turkey Oğuz Savaş Adidas Tekfen
Spain FC Barcelona Lassa Serbia Svetislav Pešić Croatia Ante Tomić Nike Lassa Tyres
Turkey Fenerbahçe Serbia Željko Obradović Turkey Melih Mahmutoğlu Nike Metro
Spain Herbalife Gran Canaria Spain Víctor García Dominican Republic Eulis Báez Spalding Herbalife
Russia Khimki Greece Georgios Bartzokas Russia Sergei Monia Adidas Khimki Group
Spain Kirolbet Baskonia Croatia Velimir Perasović Georgia (country) Tornike Shengelia Kelme Kirolbet
Israel Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv Greece Ioannis Sfairopoulos Israel John DiBartolomeo Nike FOX
Greece Olympiacos Israel David Blatt Greece Vassilis Spanoulis Nike bwin
Greece Panathinaikos OPAP Spain Xavi Pascual Greece Nick Calathes Adidas Pame Stoixima
Spain Real Madrid Spain Pablo Laso Spain Felipe Reyes Adidas European University
Lithuania Žalgiris Lithuania Šarūnas Jasikevičius Lithuania Paulius Jankūnas ŽalgirisShop Orlen Lietuva

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced with Date of appointment
Spain Herbalife Gran Canaria Spain Luis Casimiro End of contract 13 June 2018[11] Pre-season Spain Salva Maldonado 26 June 2018
Turkey Darüşşafaka Israel David Blatt End of contract 31 May 2018 Turkey Ahmet Çakı 20 June 2018[12]
Greece Olympiacos Greece Ioannis Sfairopoulos Mutual consent 18 June 2018[13] Israel David Blatt 27 June 2018[14]
Spain Kirolbet Baskonia Spain Pedro Martinez Sacked 16 November 2018[15] 11th (2–5) Croatia Velimir Perasović 16 November 2018[15]
Israel Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv Croatia Neven Spahija Sacked 18 November 2018[16] 14th (1–6) Greece Ioannis Sfairopoulos 18 November 2018[16]
Spain Herbalife Gran Canaria Spain Salva Maldonado Sacked 5 December 2018[17] 13th (3–7) Spain Víctor García 5 December 2018[17][18]
Turkey Darüşşafaka Tekfen Turkey Ahmet Çakı Sacked 11 December 2018[19] 16th (1–10) Turkey Selçuk Ernak 12 December 2018[20]

Regular season[edit]

In the regular season, teams play against each other home and away in a round-robin format. The top eight teams advance to the playoffs and the bottom eight teams are eliminated.

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification
1 Turkey Fenerbahçe 12 11 1 1021 917 +104 Advance to playoffs
2 Spain Real Madrid 12 10 2 1078 935 +143
3 Russia CSKA Moscow 12 10 2 1053 973 +80
4 Turkey Anadolu Efes 12 8 4 1037 986 +51
5 Greece Olympiacos 12 7 5 967 939 +28
6 Greece Panathinaikos OPAP 12 6 6 938 932 +6
7 Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia 12 6 6 1033 1028 +5
8 Germany Bayern Munich 12 6 6 962 964 −2
9 Spain FC Barcelona Lassa 12 6 6 914 939 −25
10 Lithuania Žalgiris 12 5 7 969 961 +8
11 Spain Kirolbet Baskonia 12 5 7 973 985 −12
12 Spain Herbalife Gran Canaria 12 5 7 997 1070 −73
13 Russia Khimki 12 4 8 940 964 −24
14 Israel Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 12 3 9 924 966 −42
15 Montenegro Budućnost VOLI 12 3 9 867 976 −109
16 Turkey Darüşşafaka Tekfen 12 1 11 904 1042 −138
Updated to match(es) played on 14 December 2018. Source: EuroLeague
Rules for classification: All points scored in extra period(s) will not be counted in the standings, nor for any tie-break situation.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away EFS AXM BAY BUD CSK DTI FCB FNB HGC KHI KBA MTA OLY PAO RMB ZAL
Anadolu Efes 89–83 96–85 90–77 78–62 82–84 79–93
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia 81–80 85–90 86–94 81–80 93–90 85–91
Bayern Munich 71–90 79–93 116–70 72–65 77–71 62–72 80–79 88–84
Budućnost VOLI 71–82 93–92 67–64 99–84 68–78 67–72 60–72
CSKA Moscow 79–75 95–75 88–74 69–65 99–97
Darüşşafaka Tekfen 88–93 92–98 71–63 71–79 71–75 71–73
FC Barcelona Lassa 90–80 83–73 65–84 74–58
Fenerbahçe 92–85 88–84 100–79 97–72 93–85
Herbalife Gran Canaria 90–94 74–89 95–85 91–106 87–86 84–78
Khimki 84–85 85–69 80–87 87–72 66–87 76–68
Kirolbet Baskonia 76–73 82–56 72–74 80–85 86–77
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 95–71 86–89 70–74 79–81 66–87
Olympiacos 88–81 75–99 92–70 72–73 88–80 88–83
Panathinaikos OPAP 75–67 76–70 69–81 102–87 89–84 93–80 83–87
Real Madrid 89–55 88–93 109–93 92–65 89–76 79–74 97–79
Žalgiris 83–78 85–88 75–82 83–84 79–87 83–75 79–90
Updated to match(es) played on 14 December 2018. Source: EuroLeague
Colours: Blue = home team win; Red = away team win.
Matches with background in a lighter colour were decided after overtime.

Playoffs[edit]

Playoffs series are best-of-five. The first team to win three games wins the series. A 2–2–1 format is used – teams with home-court advantage play games 1, 2, and 5 at home, while their opponents host games 3 and 4. Games 4 and 5 are only played if necessary. The four victorious teams advance to the Final Four.

Final Four[edit]

The Final Four, held over a single weekend, is the last phase of the season. The four remaining teams play a single knockout round on Friday evening, with the two winners advancing to the championship game. Sunday starts with the third-place game, followed by the championship game. The Final Four will be played at the Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain on 17 and 19 May 2019.[21][22]

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Lithuania Žalgiris 102,691 15,126 13,650 14,670 +8.2%
2 Greece Panathinaikos OPAP 78,362 17,345 7,487 11,195 −13.9%
3 Spain Kirolbet Baskonia 55,648 12,307 10,327 11,130 −1.9%
4 Israel Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 51,870 10,898 9,817 10,374 −3.3%
5 Spain Real Madrid 66,909 12,749 7,328 9,558 −4.7%
6 Turkey Fenerbahçe 43,924 11,463 7,380 8,785 −24.0%
7 Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia 51,463 10,154 6,678 8,577 +14.8%
8 Greece Olympiacos 50,031 9,379 5,846 8,339 −6.4%
9 Russia CSKA Moscow 40,271 12,023 4,712 8,054 −1.9%
10 Turkey Anadolu Efes 38,053 12,289 3,853 6,342 +62.6%
11 Spain FC Barcelona Lassa 22,396 6,772 4,372 5,599 −1.4%
12 Russia Khimki 33,091 7,151 3,573 5,515 −8.4%
13 Spain Herbalife Gran Canaria 30,378 7,430 3,872 5,063 +24.8%1
14 Montenegro Budućnost VOLI 32,814 5,239 4,138 4,688 +63.6%1
15 Germany Bayern Munich 31,594 4,613 3,259 3,949 −27.7%1
16 Turkey Darüşşafaka Tekfen 14,050 3,908 1,011 2,342 −10.3%1
League total 743,545 17,345 1,011 7,761 −11.6%

Updated to games played on 14 December 2018
Source: EuroLeague
Notes:
1: 2017–18 season average applied to EuroCup games

Awards[edit]

MVP of the Round[edit]

Regular season
Round Player Team PIR Ref.
1 Czech Republic Jan Veselý Turkey Fenerbahçe 34 [23]
2 Serbia Nikola Milutinov Greece Olympiacos 33 [24]
Slovenia Anthony Randolph Spain Real Madrid
3 Turkey Scottie Wilbekin Israel Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 30 [25]
France Rodrigue Beaubois Turkey Anadolu Efes
4 France Nando de Colo Russia CSKA Moscow 27 [26]
5 Mexico Gustavo Ayón Spain Real Madrid 30 [27]
6 United States Cory Higgins Russia CSKA Moscow 28 [28]
7 Dominican Republic Eulis Báez Spain Herbalife Gran Canaria 32 [29]
8 Russia Alexey Shved Russia Khimki 30 [30]
9 Russia Alexey Shved (2) Russia Khimki 32 [31]
10 United States Zach LeDay Greece Olympiacos 42 [32]
11 Mexico Gustavo Ayón (2) Spain Real Madrid 34 [33]
12 United States Derrick Williams Germany Bayern Munich 35 [34]

MVP of the Month[edit]

Month Week Player Team Ref.
2018
October 1–4 Cape Verde Edy Tavares Spain Real Madrid [35]
November 5–10 Serbia Vasilije Micić Turkey Anadolu Efes [36]

Individual statistics[edit]

Rating[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Rating PIR
1. Russia Alexey Shved Russia Khimki 8 207 25.88
2. Czech Republic Jan Veselý Turkey Fenerbahçe 11 227 20.64
3. Lithuania Artūras Gudaitis Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia 12 243 20.25

Source: EuroLeague

Points[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Points PPG
1. Russia Alexey Shved Russia Khimki 8 202 25.25
2. United States Mike James Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia 12 246 20.50
3. United States Cory Higgins Russia CSKA Moscow 12 201 16.75

Source: EuroLeague

Rebounds[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Rebounds RPG
1. France Vincent Poirier Spain Kirolbet Baskonia 12 90 7.50
2. Lithuania Artūras Gudaitis Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia 12 89 7.42
3. Serbia Nikola Milutinov Greece Olympiacos 12 87 7.25

Source: EuroLeague

Assists[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Assists APG
1. Greece Nick Calathes Greece Panathinaikos OPAP 12 97 8.08
2. Russia Alexey Shved Russia Khimki 8 59 7.38
3. United States Mike James Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia 12 87 7.25

Source: EuroLeague

Other statistics[edit]

Category Player Team Games Average
Steals Greece Nick Calathes Greece Panathinaikos OPAP
12
1.75
Blocks Cape Verde Edy Tavares Spain Real Madrid
12
2.08
Turnovers Russia Alexey Shved Russia Khimki
8
3.88
Fouls drawn Russia Alexey Shved Russia Khimki
8
6.50
Minutes United States Mike James Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia
12
35:35

See also[edit]

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