FIBA EuroStars

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FIBA EuroStars was an annual event, organized by FIBA Europe, as a showcase basketball game, from the 1996–97 season, until the 1999–2000 season. Commonly considered as the European equivalent of the NBA All-Star Game, the FIBA EuroStars game featured the season's best players, from both the European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague, and the European-wide 2nd-tier level FIBA Saporta Cup. Diversity was also paramount in the selection process, which aimed at allowing several different European basketball schools to be represented.
FIBA EuroStars was the replacement All-European Team selection and all-star game of the original FIBA Festival (1964–1995).

Format[edit]

The event held at the very end of the year and it last for four seasons. The FIBA EuroStars events were designed on the NBA All-Star Game pattern: a match between East and West. There was also a 3-point shootout contest. Players who played for championships on the east side of Europe (Greece, Turkey, Israel, ex-USSR and ex-Yugoslavia countries) were eligible for selection for the East regardless of the country of origins. On the hand, players who competed in countries on the west side of Europe (Spain, France, Germany, Italy etc) were eligible for selection for the West.The East stars defeated their West opponents on all four occasions.

List of games[edit]

Bold: Team that won the game.

Year Date Arena Team Score Team MVP
1996 December 30 Abdi İpekçi East 117-114 West United States David Rivers
1997 December 30 Yad Eliyahu East 129-107 West Lithuania Artūras Karnišovas
1998 December 29 Max Schmeling East 104-98 West Italy Carlton Myers
1999 December 28 Olimpiisky East 112-107 West United States Tyus Edney

Three Point Shootout Contest[edit]

Year Winner Team Runner-up Team
1996 United States Delaney Rudd France ASVEL Russia Vasily Karasev Turkey Efes Pilsen
1997 Serbia Sašha Đjorđjević Spain Barcelona Israel Guy Goodes Italy Caserta
1998 Italy Carlton Myers Italy Fortitudo Bologna North Macedonia Petar Naumoski Turkey Efes Pilsen
1999 Turkey İbrahim Kutluay Turkey Fenerbahçe United States Tyus Edney Italy Bentton Treviso

1996 FIBA EuroStars - Istanbul, Turkey (1996–97 season)[edit]

Arena: Abdi İpekçi

Date: December 30, 1996

Season: 1996–97

Score: East 117 – West 114

Game MVP: David Rivers

3 Point Contest winner: Delaney Rudd (defeated Vasily Karasev in the final)

Top scorers: Zoran Savić (30 points), Nikos Oikonomou (25 points)

(Richard Dacoury, Dragan Tarlać, Antoine Rigaudeau and Georgios Sigalas were invited but they didn't play)

1997 FIBA EuroStars - Tel Aviv, Israel (1997–98 season)[edit]

Arena: Yad Eliyahu

Date: December 30, 1997

Season: 1997–98

Score: East 129 – West 107

EAST roster: Dino Rađja, Byron Scott, Artūras Karnišovas, Petar Naumoski, Sergei Bazarevich, Oded Kattash, Damir Mulaomerović, Rashard Griffith, Nikos Oikonomou, Peja Drobnjak, Gintaras Einikis, Nadav Henefeld. Coach: Dusan Ivkovic

WEST roster: Sašha Danilović, David Rivers, Antoine Rigaudeau, Zoran Savić, Sašha Đjorđjević, Gregor Fučka, Željko Rebrača, Vasily Karasev, Wendell Alexis, Alberto Herreros, Vladimir Stepania. Coach: Ettore Messina.

Game MVP: Artūras Karnišovas

3 Point Contest winner: Sašha Đjorđjević

Top scorers: Sašha Đjorđjević (23 points), Artūras Karnišovas (19 points)

(Dejan Bodiroga was invited but he didn't play)

1998 FIBA EuroStars - Berlin, Germany (1998–99 season)[edit]

Arena: Max Schmeling

Date: December 29, 1998

Season: 1998–99

Score: East 104 – West 98

EAST roster: Dejan Bodiroga, Dino Rađja, David Rivers, Petar Naumoski, Doron Sheffer, Conrad McRae, İbrahim Kutluay, Marko Milič, Nikos Oikonomou, Dragan Tarlać, Saulius Štombergas, Vasily Karasev. Coach: Stanislav Eremin.

WEST roster: Sašha Danilović, Artūras Karnišovas, Antoine Rigaudeau, Željko Rebrača, Carlton Myers, Rašho Nesterović, Wendell Alexis, Alberto Herreros, Andrea Meneghin, Henrik Rödl, Éric Struelens. Coach: Svetislav Pesic.

Game MVP: Carlton Myers

3 Point Contest winner: Carlton Myers (defeated Petar Naumoski in the final)

Top scorers: Carlton Myers (20 points), Sašha Danilović (19 points)

(Tanoka Beard was invited but he didn't play)

1999 FIBA EuroStars - Moscow, Russia (1999–2000 season)[edit]

Arena: Olimpiisky

Date: December 28, 1999

Season: 1999–2000

Score: East 112 – West 107

EAST roster: David Rivers, Dejan Bodiroga, Andrei Kirilenko, İbrahim Kutluay, Oded Kattash, Anthony Bowie, Dragan Tarlać, Jiří Zídek Jr., Vasily Karasev, Igor Kudelin. Coach: Alexander Gomelsky.

WEST roster: Tyus Edney, Artūras Karnišovas, Stojko Vranković, Gregor Fučka, Nikos Oikonomou, Marko Milič, Jim Bilba, Andrea Meneghin, Tanoka Beard, Alessandro Abbio. Coach: Carlo Recalcati.

Game MVP: Tyus Edney

3 Point Contest winner: İbrahim Kutluay

Top scorers: Artūras Karnišovas (29 points), Vasily Karasev (20 points), Tyus Edney (19 points), Dragan Tarlać (18 points), Dejan Bodiroga (18 points), Oded Kattash (16 points), Tanoka Beard (13 points), Andrei Kirilenko (10 points), Jiří Zídek Jr. (10 points), Nikos Oikonomou (9 points).

(Željko Rebrača, Dino Rađja, Carlton Myers and Antoine Rigaudeau were invited but they didn't play)

2000 FIBA EuroStars - Athens, Greece (2000–01 season)[edit]

Arena: Athens OACA

Date: December 27, 2000

Season: 2000-01

Score: East – West

The 2000 All-Star game was cancelled as the European basketball was at turmoil at the time, with two 1st tier competitions going on in the 2000-01 season, the FIBA SuproLeague and the ULEB Euroleague.[1]

Players with multiple selections[edit]

Player Number Of Selections Years Selected
United States David Rivers
4
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
France Antoine Rigaudeau
4
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
Greece Nikos Oikonomou
4
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Rebrača
4
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
North Macedonia Petar Naumoski
3
1996, 1997, 1998
Turkey İbrahim Kutluay
3
1996, 1998, 1999
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Tarlać
3
1996, 1998, 1999
Italy Carlton Myers
3
1996, 1998, 1999
Slovenia Marko Milič
3
1996, 1998, 1999
Croatia Dino Rađja
3
1997, 1998, 1999
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Bodiroga
3
1997, 1998, 1999
Russia Vasily Karasev
3
1997, 1998, 1999
Lithuania Artūras Karnišovas
3
1997, 1998, 1999
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Peja Drobnjak
2
1996, 1997
Russia Sergei Bazarevich
2
1996, 1997
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zoran Savić
2
1996, 1997
United States Conrad McRae
2
1996, 1998
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sašha Danilović
2
1997, 1998
United States Wendell Alexis
2
1997, 1998
Spain Alberto Herreros
2
1997, 1998
Israel Oded Kattash
2
1997, 1999
Italy Gregor Fučka
2
1997, 1999
Italy Andrea Meneghin
2
1998, 1999
United States Tanoka Beard
2
1998, 1999

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eustars 1999".

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