EuroLeague Final Four MVP

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Jānis Krūmiņš was the EuroLeague Finals Top Scorer 3 times (1958, 1959, 1960).

The EuroLeague Final Four Most Valuable Player Award is presented and awarded to the basketball player who has exhibited the most exceptional play during the EuroLeague Final Four. The award often goes to the best player on the European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague's best team. It is generally considered to be the most prestigious individual award in European professional club basketball.

The Final Four MVP award was first given at the end of the 1987–88 season, when the competition that would later become called EuroLeague, was then known as the FIBA European Champions Cup. Prior to the 1987–88 season, the Top Scorer of the EuroLeague Finals was noted. However, an actual MVP was not named until the first EuroLeague Final Four of the modern era was held.

EuroLeague Finals Top Scorers (1958 to 1987)[edit]

Bob Morse was the EuroLeague Finals Top Scorer 2 times (1975, 1976).

From the 1958 to 1986–87 seasons, the Top Scorer of the EuroLeague Finals was noted, regardless of whether he played on the winning or losing team. However, there was no actual MVP award given.[1]

* Member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
** Member of the FIBA Hall of Fame
*** Member of both the Naismith and FIBA Halls of Fame
Season Top Scorer Team Points Scored Ref.
1958
Soviet Union Jānis Krūmiņš Soviet Union ASK Riga
22.5 (2 games)
1958–59
Soviet Union Jānis Krūmiņš (2×) Soviet Union ASK Riga
28.0 (2 games)
1959–60
Soviet Union Jānis Krūmiņš (3×) Soviet Union ASK Riga
21.5 (2 games)
1960–61
Soviet Union Viktor Zubkov Soviet Union CSKA Moscow
21.5 (2 games)
1961–62
United States Wayne Hightower Spain Real Madrid
30
1962–63
Spain Emiliano Rodríguez** Spain Real Madrid
21.0 (3 games)
1963–64
Spain Emiliano Rodríguez** (2×) Spain Real Madrid
29.5 (2 games)
1964–65
United States Spain Clifford Luyk Spain Real Madrid
24.0 (2 games)
1965–66
Czechoslovakia Jiří Zídek Sr. Czechoslovakia Slavia Prague
22
1966–67
United States Steve Chubin Italy Simmenthal Milano
34
1967–68
United States Miles Aiken Spain Real Madrid
26
1968–69
Soviet Union Vladimir Andreev Soviet Union CSKA Moscow
37
1969–70
Soviet Union Sergey Belov*** Soviet Union CSKA Moscow
21
1970–71
Soviet Union Sergey Belov*** (2×) Soviet Union CSKA Moscow
24
1971–72
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Petar Skansi Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jugoplastika Split
26
1972–73
Soviet Union Sergey Belov*** (3×) Soviet Union CSKA Moscow
36
1973–74
Italy Dino Meneghin*** Italy Ignis Varèse
25
1974–75
United States Bob Morse Italy Ignis Varèse
30
1975–76
United States Bob Morse (2×) Italy Mobilgirgi Varèse
28
1976–77
United States Israel Jim Boatwright Israel Maccabi Elite
26
1977–78
United States Walter Szczerbiak Sr. Spain Real Madrid
25
1978–79
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Žarko Varajić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bosna
47
1979–80
United States Israel Earl Williams Israel Maccabi Elite
31
1980–81
Italy Marco Bonamico Italy Sinudyne Bologna
26
1981–82
United States Bruce Flowers Italy Squibb Cantù
23
1982–83
Italy Antonello Riva Italy Ford Cantù
20
1983–84
Spain Juan Antonio San Epifanio "Epi" Spain FC Barcelona
31
1984–85
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražen Petrović*** Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona
36
1985–86
Soviet Union Arvydas Sabonis*** Soviet Union Žalgiris
27
1986–87
United States Lee Johnson Israel Maccabi Elite
24
[1]

Multiple EuroLeague Finals Top Scorers[edit]

Number Player
Soviet Union Jānis Krūmiņš
Soviet Union Sergey Belov
Spain Emiliano Rodríguez
United States Bob Morse

Voting criteria[edit]

From the 1988 EuroLeague Final Four through the 2016 EuroLeague Final Four, the voting for the EuroLeague Final Four MVP was done by the accredited media members in attendance. Starting with the 2017 EuroLeague Final Four, the voting for the award includes an online vote of fans as well.[2][3]

All-time EuroLeague Final Four MVP award winners (1988 to present)[edit]

Dominique Wilkins was the EuroLeague's Final Four MVP in 1996.
Dejan Bodiroga was the EuroLeague's Final Four MVP 2 times (2002, 2003).
Šarūnas Jasikevičius was the EuroLeague's Final Four MVP in 2005.
Dimitris Diamantidis was the EuroLeague's Final Four MVP 2 times (2007, 2011).
Vassilis Spanoulis was the EuroLeague's Final Four MVP 3 times (2009, 2012, 2013).
J.C. Navarro was the EuroLeague's Final Four MVP in 2010.
Nando de Colo (#12 in blue), was the EuroLeague's Final Four MVP in 2016.

Since the end of the 1987–88 season, when the first EuroLeague Final Four (1988 EuroLeague Final Four) was held, an MVP is named at the conclusion of each Final Four.[1]

* Member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
** Member of the FIBA Hall of Fame
*** Member of both the Naismith and FIBA Halls of Fame
Season Final Four MVP Club Ref.
1987–88
United States Bob McAdoo* Italy Tracer Milano
1988–89
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dino Rađja Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jugoplastika Split
1989–90
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Toni Kukoč Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jugoplastika Split
1990–91
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Toni Kukoč (2×) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Pop 84 Split
1991–92
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sašha Danilović Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan
1992–93
Croatia Toni Kukoč (3×) Italy Benetton Treviso
1993–94
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Žarko Paspalj Greece Olympiacos
1994–95
Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis*** Spain Real Madrid
1995–96
United States Dominique Wilkins* Greece Panathinaikos
1996–97
United States David Rivers Greece Olympiacos
1997–98
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zoran Savić Italy Kinder Bologna
1998–99
United States Tyus Edney Lithuania Žalgiris
1999–00
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Rebrača Greece Panathinaikos
2000–01
United States Slovenia Ariel McDonald Israel Maccabi Elite
2000–01
Argentina Manu Ginóbili Italy Kinder Bologna
2001–02
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Bodiroga Greece Panathinaikos
2002–03
Serbia and Montenegro Dejan Bodiroga (2×) Spain FC Barcelona
2003–04
United States Anthony Parker Israel Maccabi Elite
2004–05
Lithuania Šarūnas Jasikevičius Israel Maccabi Elite
2005–06
Greece Theo Papaloukas Russia CSKA Moscow
2006–07
Greece Dimitris Diamantidis Greece Panathinaikos
2007–08
United States Trajan Langdon Russia CSKA Moscow
2008–09
Greece Vassilis Spanoulis Greece Panathinaikos
2009–10
Spain Juan Carlos Navarro Spain FC Barcelona
2010–11
Greece Dimitris Diamantidis (2×) Greece Panathinaikos
2011–12
Greece Vassilis Spanoulis (2×) Greece Olympiacos
2012–13
Greece Vassilis Spanoulis (3×) Greece Olympiacos
2013–14
United States Montenegro Tyrese Rice Israel Maccabi Electra
[1]
2014–15
Argentina Andres Nocioni Spain Real Madrid
[4]
2015–16
France Nando de Colo Russia CSKA Moscow
[5]
2016–17
United States Ekpe Udoh Turkey Fenerbahçe
[6]

† The 2000–01 season was a transition year, with the best European teams splitting into two different major leagues: The SuproLeague, held by FIBA, and the EuroLeague, held by Euroleague Basketball. That season's EuroLeague Basketball tournament did not end with a Final Four tournament. Instead, it ended with a 5-game playoff series. So, Manu Ginóbili was named the EuroLeague Finals MVP that season.

Multiple honors[edit]

Players[edit]

Number Player
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Croatia Toni Kukoč
Greece Vassilis Spanoulis
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Bodiroga
Greece Dimitris Diamantidis
1
21 Players

NB:

  • Kukoč won his first two awards in 1990 and 1991, as a citizen of SFR Yugoslavia; Croatia declared its independence on June 25, 1991, after that year's Champions Cup finals.
  • Bodiroga won his first award in 2002, as a citizen of FR Yugoslavia. The country changed its name to Serbia and Montenegro in February 2003, three months before he won his second award; upon the dissolution of the latter state in 2006, he became a citizen of Serbia.

Player nationality[edit]

Number Country
United States United States
Greece Greece
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
Lithuania Lithuania
Argentina Argentina
Croatia Croatia
France France
Slovenia Slovenia
Spain Spain
Montenegro Montenegro

NB:

  • Players from the former Yugoslavia are classified by their nationality in one of the current post-Yugoslav states.
  • Rice won his award in 2014, as a citizen of both the United States and Montenegro.

Teams[edit]

Number Team
Greece Panathinaikos
Greece Olympiacos
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
Russia CSKA Moscow
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Split
Italy Virtus Bologna
Spain FC Barcelona
Spain Real Madrid
5 Teams

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