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Eurobasket.com Awards 2012 - Dec 31, 2012


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Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards for the last year.
It's the 11th such ranking prepared by Eurobasket.com staff. Eurobasket has a network of almost 300 correspondents, while most of them are located in Europe and participated in preparing the ranking below.
We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.
The votes were made in two categories: All-Europe and All-Europeans.
All-Europe ranking applies to the players, who played in European leagues in last (11-12) and this (12-13) season, so it may apply also to non-European players, who played as imports in Europe.
All-Europeans category applies only to Europeans, but also these, who played overseas (mostly in NBA).

The Player of the Year award went to Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos Pireus. Spanoulis shocked European basketball world in Istanbul where his team beat CSKA in the final thriller game. Vassilis was named the Finals MVP. It was his second Euroleague title as he also won this competition back in 2009.
Vassilis Spanoulis is also the Best Point Guard of the Year. 30-year old Greek guard can play on both point and shooting guard, but his main sport is usually point guard as he can pass the ball well to his teammates.
Spanoulis is joined in the 1st team by his national teammate Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens. Greek guard was Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team last season as he led his team to the Euroleague Final Four.
Russian superstar Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) was named the Small Forward of the Year. Because of the NBA lockout Kirilenko decided to come back to Russia and signed at powerhouse CSKA Moscow where he had an amazing season as he led his team to the Euroleague Final in Istanbul and helped his team to win Russian PBL. Kirilenko impressed all European fans with his versatility on both ends on the floor. The list of the last season achievements is quite long as he was selected VTB League Final Four MVP, All-Russian PBL Player of the Year and All-Euroleague Player of the Year. Russian superstar also attended 2012 Olympic Games in London where he won a bronze medal.
Slovenian Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84) definitely deserved to be voted All-Europe Power Forward of the Year. We played well for the Regal FC Barcelona and advanced to the Euroleague Final Four. He was also selected All-Euroleague 1st Team.
Best center of the year is Serbian big man Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) of CSKA Moscow. The All-Euroleague Center of the Year together with Kirilenko took part in CSKA spectacular season as they reached the Euroleague Final Four losing just in the thrille Final Game against Olympiacos.

This year All-Europe 2nd Team includes American point guard Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85) (he also has Macedonian passsport), second American selected is Panathinaikos legend Mike Batiste (203-F-77) of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul. He is joined by Spanish superstar and ex-Eurobasket.com All-Europe Player of the year Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of Regal FC Barcelona. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) of Real Madrid and young Lithuanian rizing star Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) were also selected to the second team.

This year Coach of the Year award goes to Serbian Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) who led Olympiacos to the championship title in both Eurleague and Greek League.

Similarly like in all previous years also in 2012 All-Europeans awards are dominated by Europeans playing in the NBA but this year our correspondents decided to select Andrei Kirilenko as the unanimously Player of the Year. Russian forward had an impressive season with the CSKA Moscow as he led his team to the Euroleague Final in Istanbul and helped his team to win Russian PBL. Kirilenko impressed all European fans with his versatility on both ends on the floor. The list of the last season achievements is quite long as he was selected VTB League Final Four MVP, All-Russian PBL Player of the Year and All-Euroleague Player of the Year. Russian superstar also attended 2012 Olympic Games in London where he won a bronze medal. After one year break he came back to the NBA and now he plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves ageraging 13.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4bpg and 1.7spg. Kirilenko is for sure the best European Small Forward at the moment.
A NBA veteran, Tony Parker (188-PG-82) of San Antonio Spurs is traditionally voted as the Best European Point Guard. French qucik PG was named All-NBA 2nd Team last season as he reached NBA Western Conference Finals with San Antonio Suprs. Parker also took part in the NBA All-Star Weekend where he played for the West team and showed his quickness during Skills Challenge.
Dimitris Diamantidis was selected as the best shooting guard from Europe last season.
In power forward position was named, as previously said, Andrei Kirilenko.
Under the basket we have Spanish twin towers - both Pau and Marc has been selected to the first All-European team. Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) of Los Angeles Lakers started to play more minutes at the Power Forward position. He's been a key player of the Lakers for a long time. His younger brother Marc is probably in his prime time in the NBA. It was the first year when he played in NBA All-Star Game.
In the second team we have Vassilis Spanoulis as a point guard, young Alexey Shved (198-G-88) in shooting guard and French swingman Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) of Portland Trail Blazers in small forward position. Best Power Forward is Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) of Oklahoma City Thunder and Best Center is Nikola Pekovic (209-C-86) from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Awards 2012

All-Europe 1st Team 2012
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Vassilis Spanoulis
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Player of the Year: Greece Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece)
Point Guard of the Year: Greece Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece)
Shooting Guard of the Year: Greece Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (Greece)
Small Forward of the Year: USA Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) of CSKA Moscow (Rusia) / Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
Power Forward of the Year: Spain Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84) of Regal FC Barcelona (Spain)
Center of the Year: Russia Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) of CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Coach of the Year: Russia Dusan Ivkovic of Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team
Greece Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece)
Greece Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (Greece)
USA Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) of CSKA Moscow (Rusia) / Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
Spain Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84) of Regal FC Barcelona (Spain)
Russia Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) of CSKA Moscow (Russia)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team
Turkey Turkey Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85) of Montepashi Siena (Italy) / Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (Turkey)
Spain Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of Regal FC Barcelona (Spain)
Spain Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) of Real Madrid (Spain)
Turkey Mike Batiste (203-F-77) of Panathinaikos Athens (Greece) / Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (Turkey)
USA Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania) / Toronto Raptors (NBA)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention
Turkey David Hawkins (194-G-82) of Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul (Turkey) / Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (Turkey)
Russia Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) of CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Turkey Henry Domercant (194-G-80) of Unics Kazan (Russia) / Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (Turkey)
RussiaAlexey Shved (198-G-88) of CSKA Moscow (Russia) / Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
Russia Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86) of Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania) / CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Greece Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) of Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece)
Russia Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) of CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Turkey David Andersen (212-C-80) of Montepaschi Siena (Italy) / Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (Turkey)
Greece Georgios Printezis (206-F-85) of Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece)
Russia Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) of BC Khimky Moscow Region (Russia)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Awards 2012

All-Europeans 1st Team 2012
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Andrei Kirilenko
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Pau Gasol
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Player of the Year: USA Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) of CSKA Moscow (Russia) / Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
Point Guard of the Year: USA Tony Parker ( (188-PG-82) of San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
Shooting Guard of the Year: Greece Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (Greece)
Small Forward of the Year: USA Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) of CSKA Moscow (Russia) / Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
Power Forward of the Year: USA Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) of Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
Center of the Year: USA Marc Gasol (216-C-85) of Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team
USA Tony Parker ( (188-PG-82) of San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
Greece Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Athens (Greece)
USA Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) of CSKA Moscow (Russia) / Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
USA Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80) of Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
USA Marc Gasol (216-C-85) of Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team
Greece Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece)
USA Alexey Shved (198-G-88) of CSKA Moscow (Russia) / Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
USA Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) of Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)
USA Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) of Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
USA Nikola Pekovic (209-C-86) of Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention
USA Dirk Nowitzki (213-F-78) of Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
USA Jose Manuel Calderon (192-PG-81) of Toronto Raptors (NBA)
USA Goran Dragic (190-PG-86) of Phoenix Suns (NBA)
USA Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) of Chicago Bulls (NBA)
USA Thabo Sefolosha (199-G-84) of Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
USA Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88) of Denver Nuggets (NBA)
USA Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) of Toronto Raptors (NBA)
USA Marcin Gortat (211-C-84) of Phoenix Suns (NBA)
Russia Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) of CSKA Moscow (Russia)
USA Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) of Toronto Raptors (NBA)   



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European Championships Standings
Group A
 1. Finland 0-0 
 2. France 0-0 
 3. Greece 0-0 
 4. Iceland 0-0 
 5. Poland 0-0 
 6. Slovenia 0-0 
Group B
 1. Georgia 0-0 
 2. Germany 0-0 
 3. Israel 0-0 
 4. Italy 0-0 
 5. Lithuania 0-0 
 6. Ukraine 0-0 
Group C
 1. Croatia 0-0 
 2. Czech Rep. 0-0 
 3. Spain 0-0 
 4. Hungary 0-0 
 5. Montenegro 0-0 
 6. Romania 0-0 
Group D
 1. Belgium 0-0 
 2. U.Kingdom 0-0 
 3. Latvia 0-0 
 4. Russia 0-0 
 5. Serbia 0-0 
 6. Turkey 0-0 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Vojdan STOJANOVSKI
  MKD
  (194-G-87)
  Avg: 28
 1. Stojanovski, Vojdan28.0 
 2. Veideman, Rain24.0 
 3. Hanga, Adam23.0 
 4. Gomes, Joao22.0 
 5. Dragic, Goran21.0 
 6. Vojvoda, David20.5 
 7. de Jong, Worthy19.5 
 8. Nurkic, Jusuf19.0 
 9. Lawrence, Andrew19.0 
 10. Hermannsson, Mart.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jusuf NURKIC
  BIH
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 15
 1. Nurkic, Jusuf15.0 
 2. Gomes, Joao10.5 
 3. Baeringsson, Hlynur9.5 
 4. Todorovic, Marko9.0 
 5. Karasev, Sergey9.0 
 6. Iarochevitch, Ioa.8.0 
 7. Shengelia, Tornike7.5 
 8. Tumba, Kevin7.0 
 9. Gordon, Ben7.0 
 10. Fesenko, Kyrylo7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Goran DRAGIC
  SLO
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Dragic, Goran8.5 
 2. Lypovyy, Oleksandr7.5 
 3. Tsintsadze, Giorgi7.5 
 4. Gordon, Ben6.5 
 5. Mihailovic, Vladim.5.5 
 6. Vojvoda, David5.5 
 7. Travis, Romeo5.5 
 8. Vilhjalmsson, Hord.5.0 
 9. Tabu, Jonathan5.0 
 10. Velikov, Asen5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Derek NEEDHAM
  USA
  (180-PG-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Needham, Derek4.0 
 2. Dorbek, Martin3.5 
 3. Keller, Akos3.0 
 4. Baburin, Evgenii3.0 
 5. Hajrizi, Drilon3.0 
 6. Obasohan, Retin3.0 
 7. Broadus, Rashaun3.0 
 8. Tumba, Kevin2.5 
 9. Barroso, Tomas2.5 
 10. Kostov, Chavdar2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Vyacheslav BOBROV
  UKR
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bobrov, Vyacheslav2.0 
 2. Kulagin, Dmitrii2.0 
 3. Panteli, Iakovos1.5 
 4. Zipser, Paul1.5 
 5. Benzing, Robin1.5 
 6. Palsson, Haukur1.5 
 7. Hajrizi, Drilon1.5 
 8. Bergstedt, Jonas1.5 
 9. Kitsing, Kristjan1.0 
 10. Mahalbasic, Rasid1.0 
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