EuroLeague Final Four MVP

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Dominique Wilkins was the EuroLeague's Final Four MVP in 1996.

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 (1958–1987)

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]

Voting criteria

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–present)

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.
Luka Dončić was the EuroLeague's Final Four MVP in 2018.

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.
United States Bob McAdoo* Italy Tracer Milano
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dino Rađja* Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jugoplastika
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Toni Kukoč*** Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jugoplastika
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Toni Kukoč*** (2) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia POP 84
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Predrag Danilović Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan
Croatia Toni Kukoč*** (3) Italy Benetton Treviso
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Žarko Paspalj Greece Olympiacos
Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis*** Spain Real Madrid Teka
United States Dominique Wilkins* Greece Panathinaikos
United States David Rivers Greece Olympiacos
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zoran Savić Italy Kinder Bologna
United States Tyus Edney Lithuania Žalgiris
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Rebrača Greece Panathinaikos
United States Slovenia Ariel McDonald Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
Argentina Italy Manu Ginóbili Italy Kinder Bologna
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Bodiroga Greece Panathinaikos
Serbia and Montenegro Dejan Bodiroga (2) Spain FC Barcelona
United States Anthony Parker Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
Lithuania Šarūnas Jasikevičius Israel Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
Greece Theo Papaloukas Russia CSKA Moscow
Greece Dimitris Diamantidis Greece Panathinaikos
United States Trajan Langdon Russia CSKA Moscow
Greece Vassilis Spanoulis Greece Panathinaikos
Spain Juan Carlos Navarro Spain Regal FC Barcelona
Greece Dimitris Diamantidis (2) Greece Panathinaikos
Greece Vassilis Spanoulis (2) Greece Olympiacos
Greece Vassilis Spanoulis (3) Greece Olympiacos
United States Montenegro Tyrese Rice Israel Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
Argentina Andrés Nocioni Spain Real Madrid
France Nando de Colo Russia CSKA Moscow
United States Nigeria Ekpe Udoh Turkey Fenerbahçe
Slovenia Luka Dončić Spain Real Madrid
United States Will Clyburn Russia CSKA Moscow
Not awarded 1
Serbia Vasilije Micić Turkey Anadolu Efes
Serbia Vasilije Micić (2) Turkey Anadolu Efes

Notes:

^1 There was no awarding in the 2019–20, because the season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic in Europe.

† 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

Players

Number Player
3 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Croatia Toni Kukoč
Greece Vassilis Spanoulis
2 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Serbia Dejan Bodiroga
Greece Dimitris Diamantidis
Serbia Vasilije Micić
1
23 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

Number Country
10×
United States United States
Greece Greece
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
Lithuania Lithuania
Argentina Argentina
Serbia Serbia
Slovenia Slovenia
Croatia Croatia
France France
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

Number Team
6
Greece Panathinaikos
4 Greece Olympiacos
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
Russia CSKA Moscow
3 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Split
Spain Real Madrid
2 Turkey Anadolu Efes
Italy Virtus Bologna
Spain FC Barcelona
1
5 Teams

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "European club champions: 1958-2014". Euroleague.net. 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  2. ^ Fans to weigh in on Final Four MVP voting!
  3. ^ Fans to weigh in on Final Four MVP voting!
  4. ^ Nocioni named bwin MVP of Euroleague Final Four.
  5. ^ De Colo celebrates title as Final Four MVP.
  6. ^ Udoh caps historic Final Four with MVP award.
  7. ^ "Doncic chosen Final Four MVP". Euroleague.net. 2018-05-20. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  8. ^ "Final Four MVP: Will Clyburn, CSKA Moscow". Euroleague.net. 2019-05-19. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  9. ^ "Micic is chosen Final Four MVP". Euroleague.net. 2021-05-30. Retrieved 2021-05-30.
  10. ^ "Micic repeats as Final Four MVP!". Euroleague.net. 2022-05-21. Retrieved 2021-05-21.

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