Final, Did you know that ...? Olympiacos Piraeus

May 16, 2015 by Euroleague.net Print
Final, Did you know that ...? Olympiacos Piraeus

...Olympiacos is at its third final in four years? It is the Reds’ seventh Euroleague final, with a chance to lift the trophy for the fourth time.

...Vassilis Spanoulis has the chance to win his fourth Euroleague title? He is undefeated in the Final Four after 7 games. Only one player won its opening 8 Final Four games – Sarunas Jasikevicius – the last player to win a fourth Euroleague crown. Only Jasikevicius and Fragiskos Alvertis won 4 or more Euroleague titles in the Final Four era – since 1988.

...Spanoulis is a three-time Final Four MVP? He won the award with Panathinaikos in 2009 and with Olympiacos in 2012 and 2013. Toni Kukoc (Split 1990, 1991; Benetton 1993) is the only other player to win three Final Four MVP awards.

...Olympiacos can win its third consecutive final? Only Panathinaikos (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011) and Maccabi (2001 SuproLeague, 2004, 2005) managed to win at least three consecutive title games in the Final Four era. Real Madrid (1964, 1965, 1967, 1968), ASK Riga (1958, 1959, 1960) and Split (1989, 1990, 1991) also managed to win at least three finals in as many appearances.

...Spanoulis is one of three players to win the Euroleague with both Olympiacos and Panathinaikos? Spanoulis won the competition with Panathinaikos in 2009 and with Olympiacos in 2012 and 2013. Only four other players won the Euroleague with both teams – Stratos Perperoglou, Giorgi Shermadini, Lazaros Papadopoulos and Dimitris Papanikolaou.

...as many as 5 Olympiacos players can win a third Euroleague title together? Spanoulis, Georgios Printezis, Kostas Sloukas, Dimitrios Katsivelis and Vangelis Mantzaris won the competition in 2012 and 2013.

...Tremmell Darden played the 2013 final with Real Madrid against Olympiacos… and will now play the 2015 final with Olympiacos against Madrid? He is also the only player to be present in the last two Final Fours with different teams. Darden played the 2014 Final Four with Madrid and returns with Olympiacos.

...Spanoulis needs 8 free throws to catch Juan Carlos Navarro for the Euroleague’s career lead in free throws made with 761?

...Oliver Lafayette can become the second player to win the Eurocup and the Turkish Airlines Euroleague titles in consecutive seasons? Tyrese Rice won the Euroleague with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv in 2014 and lifted the Eurocup trophy with Khimki Moscow Region this season. Nobody ever won the Eurocup and went on to win the Euroleague the following season.