Euroscar

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Euroscar
Award details
Sport Basketball
History
First award 1979
Editions 36
First winner Soviet Union Vladimir Tkachenko
Most wins Germany Dirk Nowitzki &
Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis (6)
Most recent Spain Marc Gasol (2014)
Dirk Nowitzki, seated, wearing a green Nike shirt
German-born power forward Dirk Nowitzki has won six Euroscar Awards.

The Euroscar European Player of the Year Award is an annual basketball award given to the year's best male European basketball player. Its name is a portmanteau of Europe and Oscar, and the award is often referred to as "European basketball’s Oscar”.[1] Any player born in Europe is eligible for the award, regardless of his current club. The award is judged on the basis of both sports club and national team performances and accomplishments. The honor is presented the January after the calendar year it is awarded for, i.e. the 2011 award was presented in 2012.[1] It was first given out in 1979 to Soviet center Vladimir Tkachenko, and has since then been routinely given to players who fared well in international competitions such as the Eurobasket, FIBA World Championship or Olympic Games. As of January 2015, the most recent winner is the Spanish player Marc Gasol. Lithuanian center Arvydas Sabonis and German power forward Dirk Nowitzki hold the record for most wins with six each.

The Euroscar is decided upon by a committee composed of coaches, players and sportswriters from 33 different countries.[2] The award is presented 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.

History and distinctions[edit]

The Euroscar was first awarded in 1979, and 21 of the first 23 winners were born in the Soviet Union or Yugoslavia. Thereafter, Dirk Nowitzki of Germany and Pau Gasol of Spain won nine times between them, and as of 2015 an Eastern European has won the award only once since 2002.

Arvydas Sabonis shooting a free throw for the Portland Trail Blazers
Lithuanian center Arvydas Sabonis won six Euroscar Awards between 1984 and 1999.

The early winners of the Euroscar played primarily for Euroleague clubs. Since Dražen 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 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.[3][4][not in citation given]

As of 2015, five players have won five or more Euroscars: Sabonis (six), Nowitzki (six), and Toni Kukoč (five). Nowitzki holds the record for most consecutive wins with five. Six Euroscar winners have been inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame: Sabonis, Petrović, Dražen Dalipagić, Dino Meneghin, Dragan Kićanović and Nikos Galis.[5] Sabonis, Petrović, Dalipagić, and Meneghin are also in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.[6] One pair of brothers have each won the award: the Spaniards Pau and Marc Gasol. As of the 2014-15 basketball season, the Gasols, Tony Parker, and Nowitzki are the only award winners still active in the NBA, while award winner Andrei Kirilenko is still active in Russia's VTB United League.[7][8] As of 2015, Nowitzki is also the only player to win the Euroscar Award and the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, albeit in different seasons. [9][10] Kukoč (1996, 1998), Nowitzki (2011), Parker (2007) and Pau Gasol (2009-10) all won NBA titles in their Euroscar-winning years; Kukoč and Gasol are the only players to do so more than once.[10][1][11][12][13]

Award winners[edit]

Toni Kukoč playing basketball for the Milwaukee Bucks
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. His brother Marc won the award in 2014.
Tony Parker playing for the French national team
Belgian-born point guard Tony Parker won the award in 2007 and 2013.

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
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
** Inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame
*** Inducted into both the Naismith and FIBA Halls of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player won the Euroscar Award
Year Winner Club(s)
1979
Soviet Union Vladimir Tkachenko Soviet Union Stroitel
1980
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražen Dalipagić*** Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan
1981
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Kićanović** Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan & Italy Scavolini Pesaro
1982
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Kićanović** (2) Italy Scavolini Pesaro
1983
Italy Dino Meneghin*** Italy Billy/Simac Milano
1984
Soviet Union Arvydas Sabonis*** Soviet Union Žalgiris
1985
Soviet Union Arvydas Sabonis*** (2) Soviet Union Žalgiris
1986
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražen Petrović*** Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cibona
1987
Greece Nikos Galis** Greece Aris
1988
Soviet Union Arvydas Sabonis*** (3) Soviet Union Žalgiris
1989
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražen Petrović*** (2) Spain Real Madrid & United States Portland Trail Blazers
1990
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Toni Kukoč Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jugoplastika/Pop 84 Split
1991
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Croatia Toni Kukoč (2) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Pop 84 Split & Italy Benetton Treviso
1992
Croatia Dražen Petrović*** (3) United States New Jersey Nets
1993
Croatia Dražen Petrović*** (4) United States New Jersey Nets
1994
Croatia Toni Kukoč (3) Croatia Chicago Bulls
1995
Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis*** (4) Spain Real Madrid & United States Portland Trail Blazers
1996
Croatia Toni Kukoč (4) United States Chicago Bulls
1997
Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis*** (5) United States Portland Trail Blazers
1998
Croatia Toni Kukoč (5) United States Chicago Bulls
1999
Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis*** (6) United States Portland Trail Blazers
2000
Italy Gregor Fučka Italy Paf Wennington Bologna
2001
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Predrag Stojaković United States Sacramento Kings
2002
Germany Dirk Nowitzki United States Dallas Mavericks
2003
Germany Dirk Nowitzki (2) United States Dallas Mavericks
2004
Germany Dirk Nowitzki (3) United States Dallas Mavericks
2005
Germany Dirk Nowitzki (4)[14] United States Dallas Mavericks
2006
Germany Dirk Nowitzki (5) United States Dallas Mavericks
2007
France Tony Parker[15] United States San Antonio Spurs
2008
Spain Pau Gasol [16][17] United States Memphis Grizzlies & United States Los Angeles Lakers
2009
Spain Pau Gasol (2)[18] United States Los Angeles Lakers
2010
Spain Pau Gasol (3) [19] United States Los Angeles Lakers
2011
Germany Dirk Nowitzki (6)[20] United States Dallas Mavericks
2012
Russia Andrei Kirilenko[21] Russia CSKA Moscow & United States Minnesota Timberwolves
2013
France Tony Parker (2)[22] United States San Antonio Spurs
2014
Spain Marc Gasol[23] United States Memphis Grizzlies

References[edit]

General

Specific

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