2000–01 Euroleague

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Euroleague
Competition details
Season 2000–01
Teams 24
Final positions
Champions Italy Kinder Bologna
(2nd title)
Runners-up Spain Tau Cerámica
Awards
Finals MVP Argentina Manu Ginóbili
Regular Season MVP Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Tomašević
Statistical leaders
Index Rating Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Tomašević
30.9
Points United States Alphonso Ford
26.0
Rebounds Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Tomašević
11.5
Assists Croatia Ivica Marić
5.9

The 2000–01 Euroleague was the inaugural basketball season of the EuroLeague, under the newly formed Euroleague Basketball Company's authority, and it was the 44th season of the premier competition for European men's professional basketball clubs overall. It started on October 16, 2000, with a regular season game between hosts Real Madrid Teka and Olympiacos, which was held at the Raimundo Saporta Pavilion, in Madrid, Spain,[1] and it ended with the last championship finals game on May 10, 2001, which was held at the PalaMalaguti arena, in Bologna, Italy.

This season did not feature all of the top-tier level European club basketball teams, as some of them opted to compete in the 2000–01 FIBA SuproLeague competition instead, after the row erupted between the previous EuroLeague governing body, FIBA, and the newly established Euroleague Basketball Company.

A total of 24 teams competed for the EuroLeague title, which was in the end won by Kinder Bologna. Dejan Tomašević was the EuroLeague Regular season MVP, and Manu Ginóbili was the EuroLeague Finals MVP.

European Champions' Cup teams divided[edit]

The EuroLeague (or historically called, the FIBA European Champions' Cup) was originally established by FIBA, and it operated under its umbrella from 1958, until the summer of 2000, concluding with the 1999–2000 season. That was when Euroleague Basketball Company was created.

Because FIBA had never trademarked the "EuroLeague" name, and Euroleague Basketball simply used it without any legal ramifications, because FIBA had no legal recourse to prevent it, so they had to find a new name for their league. Thus, the following 2000–01 season started with 2 separate top European professional club basketball competitions: the FIBA SuproLeague (previously known as the FIBA EuroLeague) and the brand new 2000–01 Euroleague season.

The rift in European professional club basketball initially showed no signs of letting up. Top clubs were also split between the two leagues: Panathinaikos, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv, CSKA Moscow, and Efes Pilsen stayed with FIBA, while Olympiacos, Kinder Bologna, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Tau Cerámica, and Benetton Treviso joined Euroleague Basketball.

Team allocation[edit]

A total of 24 teams from 14 countries participate in the competition.

Distribution[edit]

The table below shows the default access list.

Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
Regular season
(24 teams)
Playoffs
(16 teams)
  • 4 group winners from the regular season
  • 4 group runners-up from the regular season
  • 4 group third-placed teams from the regular season
  • 4 group fourth-placed teams from the regular season

The competition culminated in a best 3 out of 5 playoff series.

Teams[edit]

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round

  • 1st, 2nd, etc.: League position after Playoffs
  • WC: Wild card
Regular season
Italy Paf Wennington Bologna (1st) Greece AEK (4th) Croatia Cibona VIP (1st) Germany Opel Skyliners (3rd)
Italy Benetton Treviso (2nd) Greece Peristeri (5th) Croatia Zadar (2nd) Slovenia Union Olimpija (3rd)
Italy Kinder Bologna (3rd) Spain Real Madrid Teka (1st) Lithuania Žalgiris (2nd) Belgium Region Wallone Spirou (4th)
Italy Müller Verona (4th) Spain FC Barcelona (2nd) Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Budućnost (1st) Portugal Ovarense Aerosoles (1st)
Greece PAOK (2nd) Spain Adecco Estudiantes (3rd) Israel Hapoel Jerusalem (WC) Switzerland Lugano Snakes (1st)
Greece Olympiacos (3rd) Spain Tau Cerámica (4th) Russia Saint Petersburg Lions (WC) United Kingdom Haribo London Towers (1st)

Regular season[edit]

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, The Top 16. The complete list of tiebreakers is provided in the lead-in to the Regular Season results.

If one or more clubs were level on won-lost record, tiebreakers were applied in the following order:

  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 (first tiebreaker if tied clubs were not in the same group)
  4. Points scored in all group matches
  5. Sum of quotients of points scored and points allowed in each group match

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification Italy PAF Greece PER Lithuania ZAL Spain EST Switzerland LUG Croatia ZAD
1 Italy Paf Wennington Bologna 10 8 2 812 760 +52 Advance to Playoffs 71–69 91–85 81–72 81–66 81–77
2 Greece Peristeri 10 7 3 841 786 +55 83–70 74–92 91–81 85–68 92–73
3 Lithuania Žalgiris 10 6 4 866 816 +50 73–56 86–73 77–80 105–89 97–85
4 Spain Adecco Estudiantes 10 4 6 820 821 −1 76–90 86–91 87–77 97–76 93–81
5 Switzerland Lugano Snakes 10 3 7 777 914 −137 72–100 80–91 95–87 77–76 75–74
6 Croatia Zadar 10 2 8 840 859 −19 87–91 79–92 86–87 80–72 118–79
Source: [1]

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification Italy KIN Greece AEK Spain TAU Croatia CIB Russia SPL Belgium RWC
1 Italy Kinder Bologna 10 9 1 835 734 +101 Advance to Playoffs 81–66 76–73 106–88 84–78 106–87
2 Greece AEK 10 8 2 805 746 +59 78–77 64–52 83–75 84–73 97–73
3 Spain Tau Cerámica 10 6 4 749 700 +49 59–65 85–65 92–66 97–88 76–64
4 Croatia Cibona 10 3 7 773 832 −59 69–74 72–81 62–60 75–70 85–70
5 Russia Saint Petersburg Lions 10 2 8 778 840 −62 78–82 69–90 79–81 92–90 83–77
6 Belgium Region Wallone Spirou 10 2 8 769 857 −88 58–80 89–97 71–74 100–91 80–68
Source: [2]

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification Greece OLY Spain RMB Slovenia UOL Italy BEN Israel JER Portugal OVA
1 Greece Olympiacos 10 7 3 861 738 +123 Advance to Playoffs 91–84 82–70 82–73 102–69 101–67
2 Spain Real Madrid Teka 10 7 3 859 789 +70 75–73 82–70 64–75 104–64 116–94
3 Slovenia Union Olimpija 10 7 3 823 752 +71 69–73 88–79 78–74 95–68 102–79
4 Italy Benetton Treviso 10 6 4 847 777 +70 95–87 87–88 69–71 78–71 106–81
5 Israel Hapoel Jerusalem 10 3 7 784 881 −97 83–70 74–87 76–88 79–104 106–71
6 Portugal Ovarense Aerosoles 10 0 10 746 983 −237 53–100 73–80 70–92 76–86 82–94
Source: [3]

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification Spain FCB Greece PAO Federal Republic of Yugoslavia POD Italy VER United Kingdom LON Germany SKY
1 Spain FC Barcelona 10 8 2 856 757 +99 Advance to Playoffs 58–67 92–75 96–84 82–76 86–60
2 Greece PAOK 10 7 3 846 773 +73 91–102 89–72 97–94 70–58 100–70
3 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Budućnost 10 7 3 844 819 +25 77–85 83–71 77–73 101–83 79–73
4 Italy Müller Verona 10 6 4 920 854 +66 94–90 102–88 86–91 102–76 90–70
5 United Kingdom Haribo London Towers 10 1 9 775 878 −103 82–97 61–93 88–95 89–98 86–61
6 Germany Opel Skyliners 10 1 9 696 856 −160 51–68 73–80 79–94 80–97 79–76
Source: [4]

Playoffs[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

In a best-of-three series the remaining 16 teams were placed against each other. The games were held between the 31st of January and the 14th of February, 2001, with the top 8 teams advancing to the Playoffs.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
Paf Wennington Bologna Italy 2–0 Croatia Cibona 76–64 75–74
Kinder Bologna Italy 2–0 Spain Adecco Estudiantes 113–70 85–80
Peristeri Greece 0–2 Spain Tau Cerámica 79–81 68–81
AEK Greece 2–0 Lithuania Žalgiris 69–60 73–71
Olympiacos Greece 2–0 Italy Müller Verona 94–92 96–84
FC Barcelona Spain 0–2 Italy Benetton Treviso 85–86 82–99
Real Madrid Teka Spain 2–0 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Budućnost 91–63 76–62
PAOK Greece 1–2 Slovenia Union Olimpija 75–64 77–85 69–73

Quarterfinals[edit]

In a best-of-three series the remaining eight teams were placed against each other. The games were held between 21 February and 7 March 2001, with the top 4 teams advancing to the semifinals.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
Paf Wennington Bologna Italy 2–1 Spain Real Madrid Teka 74–68 57–88 88–70
Kinder Bologna Italy 2–0 Slovenia Union Olimpija 80–79 81–79
Olympiacos Greece 0–2 Spain Tau Cerámica 72–78 76–98
AEK Greece 2–1 Italy Benetton Treviso 97–89 74–90 71–56

Semifinals[edit]

In a best-of-five series the remaining four teams were placed against each other. The games were held between the 27th of March and the 7th of April, 2001.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg 4th leg 5th leg
Kinder Bologna Italy 3–0 Italy Paf Wennington Bologna 103–76 92–84 74–70
AEK Greece 0–3 Spain Tau Cerámica 65–90 67–70 62–76

Finals[edit]

The culminating stage of the Euroleague season, the two remaining teams that won the semifinal series played each other in a best-of-five series.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg 4th leg 5th leg
Kinder Bologna Italy 3–2 Spain Tau Cerámica 65–78 94–73 80–60 79–96 82–74
2000–01 Euroleague Champions
Italy
Kinder Bologna
2nd Title

Awards[edit]

Top Scorer[edit]

Player Team
United States Alphonso Ford Greece Peristeri

Regular Season MVP[edit]

Player Team
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Tomašević Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Budućnost

Finals MVP[edit]

Player Team
Argentina Manu Ginóbili Italy Kinder Bologna

Finals Top Scorer[edit]

Player Team
Argentina Manu Ginóbili Italy Kinder Bologna
United States Elmer Bennett Spain Tau Cerámica
United States Victor Alexander Spain Tau Cerámica

All-Euroleague First Team[edit]

Player Team
United States Louis Bullock Italy Müller Verona
United States Alphonso Ford Greece Peristeri
United States Derrick Hamilton Russia Saint Petersburg Lions
Italy Gregor Fučka Italy Paf Wennington Bologna
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Tomašević Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Budućnost

All-Euroleague Second Team[edit]

Player Team
United States Jemeil Rich Switzerland Lugano Snakes
Greece Panagiotis Liadelis Greece PAOK
Spain Pau Gasol Spain FC Barcelona
Greece Ioannis Giannoulis Greece PAOK
United States Rashard Griffith Italy Kinder Bologna

Round MVP[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week Player Team PIR
1 Greece Panagiotis Liadelis Greece PAOK 42
2 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Tomašević Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Budućnost 34
Italy Gianluca Basile Italy Paf Wennington Bologna
3 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milenko Topić Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Budućnost 39
4 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Tomašević (2) Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Budućnost 42
5 United States Derrick Hamilton Russia St. Petersburg Lions 38
6 Croatia Darko Krunić Croatia Zadar 39
7 Italy Gregor Fučka Italy Paf Wennington Bologna 42
8 United States Kebu Stewart Israel Hapoel Jerusalem 47
9 United States Derrick Hamilton (2) Russia St. Petersburg Lions 40
10 Argentina Marcelo Nicola Italy Benetton Treviso 36

Playoffs[edit]

Game Player Team PIR
8thF G1 United States Alphonso Ford Greece Peristeri
45
8thF G2 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Tomašević (3) Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Budućnost
34
Croatia Dino Rađja Greece Olympiakos
Italy Riccardo Pittis Italy Benetton Treviso
8thF G3 Greece Angelos Koronios Greece PAOK
20
Croatia Emilio Kovačić Slovenia Union Olimpija
4F G1 Italy Gregor Fučka (2) Italy Paf Wennington Bologna
43
4F G2 United States Rashard Griffith Italy Kinder Bologna
32
4F G3 Italy Carlton Myers Italy Paf Wennington Bologna
45
SF G1 Lithuania Saulius Štombergas Spain Tau Cerámica
43
SF G2 United States Elmer Bennett Spain Tau Cerámica
33
SF G3 Argentina Fabricio Oberto Spain Tau Cerámica
25
Final G1 United States Victor Alexander Spain Tau Cerámica
32
Final G2 France Antoine Rigaudeau Italy Kinder Bologna
21
Final G3 Argentina Manu Ginóbili Italy Kinder Bologna
31
Final G4 United States Elmer Bennett (2) Spain Tau Cerámica
28
Final G5 United States Rashard Griffith (2) Italy Kinder Bologna
25

Individual statistics[edit]

Rating[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Rating PIR
1. Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Tomašević Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Budućnost 12 371 30.92
2. United States Derrick Hamilton Russia Saint Petersburg Lions 10 283 28.30
3. United States Alphonso Ford Greece Peristeri 12 305 25.42

Points[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Points PPG
1. United States Alphonso Ford Greece Peristeri 12 312 26.00
2. Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Tomašević Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Budućnost 12 275 22.92
3. Greece Panagiotis Liadelis Greece PAOK 13 295 22.69

Rebounds[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Rebounds RPG
1. Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Tomašević Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Budućnost 12 138 11.50
2. Croatia Dino Rađa Greece Olympiacos 14 137 9.79
3. Belgium Ron Ellis Belgium Region Wallone Spirou 10 96 9.60

Assists[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Assists APG
1. Croatia Ivica Marić Croatia Zadar 10 59 5.90
2. United States Elmer Bennett Spain Tau Cerámica 22 120 5.45
3. Italy Riccardo Pittis Italy Benetton Treviso 14 54 3.86

Other statistics[edit]

Category Player Team Games Average
Steals Croatia Ivica Marić Croatia Zadar
10
3.70
United States Jemeil Rich Switzerland Lugano Snakes
Blocks Ukraine Grigorij Khizhnyak Lithuania Žalgiris
12
3.17
Turnovers Russia Sergei Bazarevich Russia Saint Petersburg Lions
10
4.50
Fouls drawn Greece Panagiotis Liadelis Greece PAOK
13
7.08
Minutes United States Derrick Hamilton Russia Saint Petersburg Lions
10
38:35
2P% France Stéphane Risacher Greece Olympiacos
14
73.7%
3P% Argentina Jorge Racca Greece PAOK
13
59.3%
FT% United States Henry Williams Italy Müller Verona
12
94.7%

Individual game highs[edit]

Category Player Team Statistic
PIR United States Kebu Stewart Israel Hapoel Jerusalem
47
Points Italy Carlton Myers Italy Paf Wennington Bologna
41
United States Alphonso Ford Greece Peristeri
Rebounds United States Victor Alexander Spain Tau Cerámica
19
Assists United States Elmer Bennett Spain Tau Cerámica
13
Steals Argentina Manu Ginóbili Italy Kinder Bologna
7
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bojan Bakić Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Budućnost
Blocks Croatia Stojan Vranković Italy Paf Wennington Bologna
10
Three pointers Lithuania Saulius Štombergas Spain Tau Cerámica
9
Turnovers Russia Sergei Bazarevich Russia Saint Petersburg Lions
11

Aftermath[edit]

In May 2001, Europe had two continental champions, Maccabi Tel Aviv of the FIBA SuproLeague and Kinder Bologna of Euroleague Basketball Company's EuroLeague. The leaders of both organizations realized the need to come up with a new single competition. Negotiating from the position of strength, Euroleague Basketball Company dictated proceedings, and FIBA essentially had no choice but to agree to their terms. As a result, the EuroLeague was fully integrated under Euroleague Basketball Company's umbrella, and teams that competed in the FIBA SuproLeague during the 2000-01 season joined it as well. It is today officially admitted that European basketball had two champions that year, Maccabi of the FIBA SuproLeague and Kinder Bologna of the Euroleague Basketball Company's EuroLeague.

A year later, Euroleague Basketball Company and FIBA decided that Euroleague Basketball's EuroLeague competition would be the main basketball tournament on the continent, to be played between the top level teams of Europe. FIBA Europe would also organize a European league for third-tier level teams, known as the FIBA Europe League competition, while Euroleague Basketball would also organize its own second-tier level league, combining FIBA's long-time Korać Cup and Saporta Cup competitions into one new competition, the EuroCup. In 2005, Euroleague Basketball and FIBA decided to cooperate with each other, and did so jointly until 2016.

In essence, the authority in European professional basketball was divided over club-country lines. FIBA stayed in charge of national team competitions (like the FIBA EuroBasket, the FIBA World Cup, and the Summer Olympics), while Euroleague Basketball took over the European professional club competitions. From that point on, FIBA's Korać Cup and Saporta Cup competitions lasted only one more season before folding, which was when Euroleague Basketball launched the EuroCup.

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