Miles Aiken
Miles Aiken (1960-70)
Teams: St. Bonaventure University (USA), Bilbao (ESP), Real Madrid (ESP), Napoli (ITA)
Summary: A power forward with strength and defensive skills, Miles Aiken was a European basketball superstar in the late 1960s. He had 23 points in the 1967 Euroleague final to help Real Madrid beat Milano, and then led all scorers with 26 points in the 1968 title game to lead his team to a second consecutive Euroleague trophy against Spartak Brno. Aiken, however, missed an easy layup at the end of the first overtime against CSKA Moscow in the 1969 Euroleague final which made Madrid lose the game. He joined Milano that very same summer and guided his new team to the 1970 Saporta Cup title.
Armenak Alachachan
Armenak Alachachan (1952-68)
Teams: Alta Ata (KAZ), CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Summary: One of the best players in European basketball when the European club competitions started was Armenak Alachachan, whose career was always linked to CSKA Moscow. Alachachan was one of the first playmakers to dominate the game, helping CSKA to its first Euroleague title in 1961. He would add a second title in 1963 and reached another final in 1965 before retiring. Alachachjan became CSKA's head coach in the late 1960s, with Aleksandar Gomeslky as the club's sports director. Alachachan became the first man to lift Euroleague trophies as both a player and coach when he helped CSKA to the 1969 title.
Fragiskos Alvertis
Fragiskos Alvertis (1990 - Present)
Teams: Glifada (GRE), Panathinaikos (GRE) (1982-present)
Summary: Few people are linked to a club the way Fragiskos Alvertis belongs to Panathinaikos. Alvertis has used his 17 seasons so far with Panathinaikos to help the Greens become a European basketball reference. A mismatch for any defender due to his size, versatility and shooting range, Alvertis has won Euroleague titles with Panathinaikos in 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2007. Charismatic, talented and loyal, Alvertis has gone from a crucial player in his club to a symbol in Greek basketball, loved by its own fans and respected all around the continent.
Vladimir Andreev
Vladimir Andreev (1962-75)
Teams: Lokomotiv Alma Ata (KAZ), CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Summary: The dominant big man of his generation, Vladimir Andreev was a giant center who shocked the entire continent in the 1969 Euroleague final. He scored 37 points and intimidated the entire Real Madrid frontcourt to lead CSKA to a 103-99 double-overtime victory in the title game. A rebounding and shot-blocking specialist, his height – 2.15 meters – also turned Andreev into a factor on offense. Andreev led CSKA to the 1970 Euroleague final, too, and is still considered as one of the top defensive centers in European basketball history.
Joe Arlauckas
Joe Arlauckas (1983-2000)
Teams: Niagara University (USA), Caserta (ITA), Sacramento Kings (USA), Caja de Ronda (ESP), Baskonia (ESP), Real Madrid (ESP), AEK (GRE), Aris (GRE)
Summary: A mobile power forward who was deadly from mid-range, Joe Arlauckas found his biggest glory with Real Madrid, joining forces with Arvydas Sabonis to form one of the best frontcourts in European basketball. Arlauckas and Sabonis helped Madrid to the 1995 Euroleague title. Once Sabonis left the team, Arlauckas exploded, winning the 1997 Saporta Cup title and scoring 63 points on 24-of-28 two-point shooting in a Euroleague game against Kinder Bologna in 1996. Arlauckas also won the 1994 Spanish League title with Madrid and lifted the 1988 Italian Cup with Caserta.
Motti Aroesti
Motti Aroesti (1973-88)
Teams: Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR)
Summary: A classic playmaker in European basketball, Motti Aroesti was a key piece in Maccabi's first golden era in European basketball. Aroesti wore the Maccabi jersey for 15 consecutive seasons, from 1974 to 1988, and won a Israeli League title for each of those years. He added 11 Israeli Cups to his impressive roll of honors. Moreover, Aroesti helped Maccabi win its first Euroleague title in 1977 and was still the starting point guard when his lifelong team lifted its second top continental trophy, in 1981. Aroesti also won the silver medal at EuroBasket 1979 with the Israeli national team.
Sergei Belov
Sergei Belov (1964-80)
Teams: Uralmach Sverdlovsk SKA (RUS), CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Summary: One of the most well-known global stars ever, Sergei Belov was CSKA's franchise player in the 1960s and 1970s due to his ball-handling and court sense. Belov won Euroleague titles in 1969 and 1971 as one of CSKA's top players. He also added 11 Soviet Union league titles for CSKA in his 12 seasons with the team. Belov also scored 36 points in the 1973 Euroleague final, but Varese beat CSKA 71-66. His international career was equally impressive. With the Soviet Union national team, Belov won gold medals at two World Championships, four EuroBaskets and the 1972 Olympics, the latter a first for European players of his era.
Miki Berkowitz
Miki Berkowitz (1971-95)
Teams: Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR), Maccabi Rishon Le Zion (ISR), Hapoel Jerusalem (ISR), Hapoel Tel Aviv (ISR)
Summary: He showed Europe that Israeli basketball was all about success and built a legend for himself in no less successful a club than Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv. Miki Berkowitz led Maccabi to the 1977 Euroleague title, scoring 17 points to down mighty Mobilgirgi Varese 78-77 in the final. He tallied 20 points and made the game-deciding lay-up in the 1981 Euroleague final, in which Maccabi beat Virtus Bologna 80-79. A great all-around scorer and a natural-born leader, Berkowitz later reached Euroleague finals with Maccabi in 1987 and 1988. Most of all, he helped an entire country fall in love with basketball forever.
Dejan Bodiroga
Dejan Bodiroga (1990-2007)
Teams: Zadar (CRO), Trieste (ITA), Olimpia Milano (ITA), Real Madrid (ESP), Panathinaikos (GRE), Barcelona (ESP), Virtus Roma (ITA)
Summary: An all-around player who loved to take crucial shots, Dejan Bodiroga ushered in the new century by lifting three Euroleague trophies with two different teams Bodiroga starred for the 2000 Euroleague champs of Panathinaikos and then was named MVP when the Greens won again in 2002. He went to Barcelona the next year and ended that club's Euroleague title drought, repeating as Final Four MVP. Along the way, Bodiroga became the first player to win domestic titles in Spain, Italy and Greece, and added Saporta Cup and Korac Cup crowns. He also was both World and European champ with his Yugoslav national team.
Wayne Brabender
Wayne Brabender (1965-85)
Teams: Minnesota Morris University (USA), Real Madrid (ESP), Cajamadrid (ESP)
Summary: One of the players who helped Real Madrid become the winningest team in Euroleague history was sharpshooter Wayne Brabender, a forward ready to fill the basket at any time. Brabender came to Europe as an inexperienced player and left Madrid as a European legend following 16 consecutive seasons wearing the team's famous white jersey. Brabender helped Madrid to Euroleague titles in 1968, 1974, 1978 and 1980, averaging 18.5 points in those four wins. An elegant, finesse shooter with unlimited range, Brabender helped Madrid remain one of the teams to beat for two decades.
Bill Bradley
Bill Bradley (1961-77)
Teams: Princeton University (USA), Olimpia Milano (ITA), Kentucky Colonels (USA), New York Knicks (USA)
Summary: Bill Bradley was an Olympic and NCAA champion studying towards a law degree at Oxford University in England when he joined Milano for one season. He flew in to play Euroleague games for Milano and did not disappoint, averaging 22.5 points in the quarterfinals against Real Madrid to advance to the first-ever Final Four. Milano downed CSKA and Slavia Prague to win the 1966 Euroleague title. Bradley later won an NBA championship with the New York Knicks to complete an unprecedented quadruple crown – NCAA, Olympic, Euroleague and NBA titles. He later became a United States senator.
Tal Brody
Tal Brody (1961-77)
Teams: Illinois University (USA), Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR)
Summary: One of Europe's top stars in the 1970s was Tal Brody, a shooting guard who has become an icon in Israeli sports history. Brody joined Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv in 1970 and went on to score 1,378 points in 81 Euroleague games over the next decade. He helped Maccabi win the 1977 Euroleague title, downing CSKA in the semifinals and then Varese in the title game. Brody's quote – "We are on the map" – after the victory against CSKA remains a classic in Israeli culture and is often used elsewhere as well. Brody also captured 10 Israeli League titles with Maccabi in as many years.
Roberto Brunamonti
Roberto Brunamonti (1975-96)
Teams: Rieti (ITA), Virtus Bologna (ITA)
Summary: One of the players who helped Virtus Bologna to become a European basketball superpower was Roberto Brunamonti, who played for the "black V" for 14 consecutive seasons. Brunamonti was one of the signature point guards of his era in Europe, due to his leadership and creativity. He helped Virtus win four Italian League titles as well as a Saporta Cup title in 1990. Brunamonti also guided the Italian national team to the silver medal at the 1980 Olympics. He joined Virtus in 1982 and helped them grow from an unknown into a rising European powerhouse.
Valdemaras Homicius
Valdemaras Chomicius (1978-2000)
Teams: Zalgiris Kaunas (LTU), Valladolid (ESP), Fortitudo Bologna (ITA), Castor Braine Saint Servais (BEL), Zaragoza (ESP), Spirou Charleroi (BEL), Olimpas Plunge (LTU), Kraitene Marijampole (LTU), Ural Great (RUS)
Summary: An outstanding shooter with unlimited range who was never afraid of a challenge, Valdemaras Homicius became a signature player in Lithuanian basketball. Homicius helped Zalgiris make its mark on Soviet Union-era basketball by winning three consecutive league titles from 1985 to 1987. Homicius was equally successful with his national teams, winning EuroBasket gold in 1979 and 1985 with the Soviet Union as well as the 1988 Olympic gold medal. Homicius also won Olympic bronze with Lithuania in 1992 and silver at EuroBasket 1995.
Juan Antonio Corbalan
Juan Antonio Corbalan (1971-91)
Teams: Real Madrid (ESP), Valladolid (ESP)
Summary: One of the smartest playmakers of his generation, Juan Antonio Corbalan also ranks as the one of the most charismatic players in Spanish basketball history. An accomplished floor general who always came through in the clutch, Corbalan helped Real Madrid take Euroleague titles in 1974, 1978 and 1980. He also added a Saporta Cup trophy in 1987 and a Korac Cup title in 1988 with Madrid. Corbalan also led Madrid to 12 Spanish League titles and captured silver medals at EuroBasket 1983 and the 1984 Olympics with the Spanish national team.
Kresimir Cosic
Kresimir Cosic (1964-83)
Teams: Zadar (CRO), Brigham Young University (USA), Olimpija Ljubljana (SLO), Virtus Bologna (ITA), Cibona (CRO)
Summary: A pioneer by any means, center Kresimir Cosic is considered one of the most talented big men ever in Europe. Cosic was the first foreign player to earn all-America honors as a university star in the NCAA. He then became a Euroleague star playing for Zadar in the late 1960s and the mid-1970s. Cosic later helped Cibona win the 1982 Saporta Cup title and to finish fourth in the 1980 Euroleague with Virtus. With the Yugoslav national team, Cosic was a rare triple gold medalist as Olympics, World and European champion. He later coached Yugoslavia to the 1988 Olympics silver medal before passing away in 1995 at age 46.
Richard Dacoury
Richard Dacoury (1976-98)
Teams: Lyon ESSMG (FRA), Limoges (FRA), Paris (FRA)
Summary: A charismatic forward with outstanding athletic skills, Richard Dacoury had to wait until the end of his career to lead Limoges to its only Euroleague title - and the only one by any French club. Dacoury played for Limoges for 18 consecutive seasons, winning eight French league titles. He also shined on the European stage, helping Limoges to lift back-to-back Korac Cup trophies in 1982 and 1983, then to do the same with the Saporta Cup in 1988. It got even better in 1993, when Limoges shocked many by capturing the Euroleague title with the team's Dacoury as top scorer off the bench.
Drazen Dalipagic
Drazen Dalipagic (1971-91)
Teams: Partizan (SRB), Venezia (ITA), Real Madrid (ESP), Udine (ITA), Verona (ITA), Red Star (SRB)
Summary: One of best scorers in European basketball history, Drazen Dalipagic helped put both Partizan and the Yugoslav national on the path to international greatness. Chosen as the European player of the year in 1977, 1978 and 1980, "Praja" not only shined in the Euroleague, but led Partizan to the Yugoslavian League title in 1976 and a Korac Cup crown in 1978. Dalipagic played 243 games for the Yugoslavian national team, winning three European titles and taking four medals at World Championships, including the gold in 1978. He also won the Olympic gold medal with Yugoslavia in 1980.
Ivo Daneu
Ivo Daneu (1956-70)
Teams: Olimpija Ljubljana
Summary: A Slovenian basketball legend like no other, Ivo Daneu joined Union Olimpija in his teens and took the team to a different level. He helped Olimpija to five Yugoslavian League titles between 1956 and 1970 while becoming one of the first stars in European club competitions history. He also guided Yugoslavia to the 1970 World Championship title in Ljubljana, as well as a silver medal in the 1968 Olympic Games. His son Jaka was also a professional player who reached the 1997 Euroleague Final Four with Union Olimpija.
Sasha Danilovic
Predrag Danilovic (1987-2000)
Teams: Partizan (SRB), Virtus Bologna (ITA), Miami Heat (USA), Dallas Mavericks (USA)
Summary: An incredible athlete with unlimited shooting range and competitive fire, "Sasha" Danilovic was only 22 years old when he guided Partizan to its only Euroleague title in 1992, scoring 25 points in the title game against Joventut. After a brief stay in the NBA, Danilovic returned to Europe and helped Kinder Bologna lift its first Euroleague trophy, too, in 1998. Danilovic's legendary career also featured four Italian League titles with Kinder, four European Championships trophies with Yugoslavia, as well as a Korac Cup and a Yugoslavian League crown with Partizan.
Mike D'Antoni
Mike D'Antoni (1969-90)
Teams: Marshall University (USA), Kansas City Kings (USA), St. Louis Spirits (USA), San Antonio Spurs (USA), Olimpia Milano (ITA)
Summary: A charismatic playmaker with great court vision and leadership, D'Antoni was the floor general who guided Milano's back-to-back Euroleague titles in 1987 and 1988. D'Antoni arrived in Milano in the late 1970s and helped the team win five Italian League titles as well as a Korac Cup trophy. A steals specialist and a natural-born leader, D'Antoni started his impressing coaching career in Milano before moving to Benetton Treviso, whom he took to the 2002 Euroleague Final Four. D'Antoni is a successful NBA coach nowadays with the Phoenix Suns and remains a legend of European basketball.
Mirza Delibasic
Mirza Delibasic (1972-83)
Teams: Bosna Sarajevo (BIH), Real Madrid (ESP)
Summary: A tall playmaker with creativity and poise not seen before him in European basketball before, Mirza Delibasic made a career of breaking stereotypes. His no-look passes, unbelievable court vision and outstanding scoring skills made him a sight to behold for fans across Europe. Delibasic helped unheralded Bosna win the 1979 Euroleague title, scoring 30 points in the title game while also helping Zarko Varajic break the scoring record with 45 points. Delibasic also won World and European titles with Yugoslavia and played for Real Madrid before retiring in 1983 due to a brain hemorrhage. Delibasic passed away in 2001 at age 47.
Dimitris Diamantidis
Dimitris Diamantidis (1994-Present)
Teams: Kastoria (GRE), Iraklis (GRE), Panathinaikos (GRE)
Summary: Already regarded as one of the best defensive players in Europe ever, Dimitris Diamantidis won his first Euroleague title with Panathinaikos in 2007. His long arms, great timing and outstanding work ethic have helped Diamantidis to win the Euroleague's Best Defender in both his and the award's first three seasons. In 2006-07, Diamantidis made it to the All-Euroleague first team and also became the Final Four MVP, leading Panathinaikos to a 93-91 win over CSKA Moscow. Diamantidis has also won three Greek League titles with the Greens and owns a 2005 EuroBasket gold medal and 2006 World Championships silver with Greece.
Vlade Divac
Vlade Divac (1985-2005)
Teams: Kraljevo (SRB), Partizan (SRB), Los Angeles Lakers (USA), Charlotte Hornets (USA), Sacramento Kings (USA)
Summary: A skilled big man with great passing and intelligence, Vlade Divac was a nightmare for every defender due to his post skills and all-around game. At the early age of 20, Divac helped Partizan reach the Euroleague Final Four in 1988. He then won a Korac Cup title with Partizan in 1989 before playing for 15 consecutive seasons in the NBA, still a record for longevity among European players there. Divac also led Yugoslav national team to gold at the 1990 and 2002 World Championships and lifted EuroBasket trophies in 1989, 1991 and 1995. He and Yugoslavia also won silver medals at the 1988 and the 1996 Olympics.
Sasha Djordjevic
Sasha Djordjevic (1985-2005)
Teams: Partizan (SRB), Olimpia Milano (ITA), Fortitudo Bologna (ITA), Barcelona (ESP), Real Madrid (ESP), Scavolini Pesaro (ITA)
Summary: Sasha Djordjevic provided one of the biggest highlights in Euroleague history when he raced down court, stopped at three-point line and fired in the game-winning shot for Partizan in the 1992 final. Djordjevic will always be linked to that play, but even it he had not made the shot, his career would have been successful by almost by any measure. Djordjevic guided some of Europe's most storied clubs, winning three Korac Cup titles with as many teams, two Spanish League trophies and helping Yugoslavia to a World Championips and three EuroBasket gold medals.
Tyus Edney
Tyus Edney (1993-Present)
Teams: UCLA (USA), Sacramento Kings (USA), Boston Celtics (USA), Zalgiris Kaunas (LTU), Benetton Treviso (ITA), Indiana Pacers (USA), Virtus Roma (ITA), Olympiacos (GRE), Fortitudo Bologna (ITA), Azovmash Mariupol (UKR)
Summary: Zalgiris provided one of the biggest upsets in Euroleague history by lifting the 1999 trophy, and Tyus Edney was one of the main reasons that the Lithuanian powerhouse accomplished the feat. A quick, skilled and smart playmaker, Edney was named the 1999 Final Four MVP and later led Benetton Treviso to the 2003 Euroleague title game. Despite being only 1.80 meters, Edney has stood tall and come up big against the very best in European basketball, becoming a reference point for young players due to his steadiness, professionalism and skill.
Panagiotis Fassoulas
Panagiotis Fassoulas (1981-99)
Teams: PAOK (GRE), Olympiacos (GRE)
Summary: One of the best defensive centers in European basketball history was Panagiotis Fassoulas. A hero when Greece won EuroBasket 1987 against all odds, Fassoulas started his career playing for PAOK, which he helped win the 1991 Saporta Cup and the 1992 Greek League titles. He later moved to Olympiacos, winning four consecutive Greek league crowns from 1994 to 1997, the year in which the Reds also lifted the Euroleague and Greek Cup trophies for an historic Triple Crown. Fassoulas also started for Olympiacos in the three consecutive Final Fours between 1993 and 1995, twice reaching the title game.
Bruce Flowers
Bruce Flowers (1975-87)
Teams: Notre Dame University (USA), Cantu (ITA), Cleveland Cavaliers (USA), Virtus Roma (ITA), Desio (ITA)
Summary: One of the few American players to win three different European titles was Bruce Flowers, a talented, versatile forward with great rebounding skills. Flowers started his European pro career by helping Cantu win both the Italian League and the 1981 Saporta Cup. Flowers would add the Euroleague title with Cantu in 1982, scoring 21 points in the final against Maccabi, and later captured the Korac Cup trophy with Virtus Roma in 1986. Flowers remains one of the most productive forwards ever to play in Italian and European basketball.
Nikos Galis
Nikos Galis (1975-95)
Teams: Seton Hall University (USA), Aris (GRE), Panathinaikos (GRE)
Summary: Considered the man who single-handedly put Greece on the map of European and world basketball, Nikos Galis was an unstoppable scorer, who was unguardable in one-on-one situations due to his incredible driving and shooting skills. He guided Aris from an unknown team to three consecutive Euroleague Final Fours from 1988 to 1990, while also leading Greece to an unforgettable win at EuroBasket 1987. Galis scored 25,995 points in 854 official games in his career and helped Aris to win eight Greek League titles from 1983 to 1991. He stands as an inspiration to today's generation of Greek stars.
Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili (1996-Present)
Teams: Estudiantes Bahia Blanca (ARG), Viola Reggio Calabria (ITA), Virtus Bologna (ITA), San Antonio Spurs (USA)
Summary: Manu Ginobili is an electric Argentinean swingman with incredible athleticism and talent who polished his game in Europe before becoming a global basketball star. Ginobili arrived in Europe at age 21 and soon joined Kinder Bologna in the summer of 2000. In just two seasons with Kinder, Ginobili helped his team to win an Italian League, a Euroleague crown and two Italian Cup titles while also reaching another Euroleague final in 2002. He was the 2001 Euroleague Finals MVP and later clinched three NBA titles with the San Antonio Spurs and an Olympic gold medal with Argentina in 2004.
Dusko Ivanovic
Dusko Ivanovic (1980-96)
Teams: Buducnost (MNT), Split (CRO), Girona (ESP), Limoges (FRA), Olympic Fribourg (SWI)
Summary: A deadly shooter and defensive ace, Dusko Ivanovic played the veteran role on a young-yet-ready team Split that shocked the continent with back-to-back Euroleague titles in 1989 and 1990. Ivanovic also lifted three consecutive Yugoslavian League trophies from 1988 to 1990. Ivanovic later played the 1993 Euroleague preliminary round with Limoges, but did not stay with the team to win a third Euroleague title. His determination and work ethic remains a part of European basketball, as Ivanovic has made two Final Four appearances and won numerous domestic trophies in his career as a head coach.
Doron Jamchi
Doron Jamchy (1984-2000)
Teams: Maccabi Ramat Gan (ISR), Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR), Maccabi Rishon (ISR)
Summary: A superb shooter with unlimited range, Doron Jamchi never won a Euroleague title but was close to glory for almost two decades. His scoring skills are legendary, as Jamchi had 3,262 points in European competition with Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv. Jamchi is the Israeli League's all-time leading scorer. He reached three consecutive Euroleague finals from 1987 to 1989 and made two other Euroleague Final Fours while winning endless domestic titles with Maccabi.
Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius (1994-Present)
Teams: University of Maryland (USA), Lietuvos Rytas (LTU), Olimpija Ljubljana (SLO), Barcelona (ESP), Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR), Indiana Pacers (USA), Golden St. Warriors (USA), Panathinaikos (GRE)
Summary: One of the few players known internationally by his nickname, "Saras" Jasikevicius is one of the most successful playmakers in European history. He helped FC Barcelona claim its only Euroleague title in 2003, then moved to Tel Aviv and won back-to-back Euroleague titles with Maccabi Elite in 2004 and 2005, earning MVP honors in the latter. Jasikevicius also earned All-Euroleague honors in 2004 and 2005. With the Lithuanian national team, he won EuroBasket 2003 and captured a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics. Jasikevicius spent two seasons in the NBA before he returned to Europe in 2007.
Arturas Karnisovas
Arturas Karnisovas (1989-2002)
Teams: Statyba Vilnius (LTU), Seton Hall University (USA), Cholet (FRA), FC Barcelona (ESP), Olympiacos (GRE), Fortitudo (ITA)
Summary: A modern small forward with all-around offensive skills, Arturas Karnisovas spent four years in the NCAA before coming back to Europe ready to shie. He made a splash at EuroBasket 1995 and then guided Barcelona to back-to-back Spanish League titles and consecutive Euroleague finals in 1996 and 1997. He won the Italian League crown with Fortitudo in 2000 before returning to Barcelona to lift both the Spanish League and King's Cup trophies in 2001. Karnisovas also won back-to-back Olympic bronze medals with Lithuania in 1992 and 1996.
Clarence Kea
Clarence Kea (1976-94)
Teams: Lamar University (USA), Dallas Mavericks (USA), Lehigh Valley Jets (USA), Anchorage Northern Knights (USA), Virtus Roma (ITA), Detroit Spirits (USA), Hapoel Holon (ISR), Udine (ITA), Limoges (FRA), Firenze (ITA), Murcia (ESP), Ourense (ESP), Ulker (TUR)
Summary: One of the best rebounders of his time in Europe, Clarence Kea was a dominant force in the paint. Kea arrived in Italy in summer 1982 and instantly helped deliver Roma the 1983 Italian League title. The next year, they won the 1984 Euroleague together. Kea continued cleaning the boards for teams all over the continent and found glory again when Limoges won French League, French Cup and Saporta Cup in an historic 1987-88 season. The always-reliable Kea averaged a double-double almost everywhere he played.
Dragan Kicanovic
Dragan Kicanovic (1966-84)
Teams: Zeleznicar (SRB), Borac Cacak (SRB), Partizan (SRB), Scavolini Pesaro (ITA), Paris (FRA)
Summary: A rock-solid scorer and a great all-around player, Dragan Kicanovic was a character off the court as well. He found glory with Partizan, where he played from 1972 to 1983, winning three Yugoslav League titles and two Korac Cup trophies. Kicanovic then moved to Scavolini Pesaro, whom he led to its first-ever European trophy, the 1983 Saporta Cup, scoring 31 points in the final. "Kica" also won three EuroBasket titles and an Olympic gold medal in 211 games with the Yugoslavian national team.
Radivoj Korac
Radivoj Korac (1953-69)
Teams: BSK Beograd (SRB), OKK Beograd (SRB), Standard Liege (BEL), Padova (ITA)
Summary: One of the most dominant big men of the 1960s was left-handed center Radivoj Korac, who died in a car crash in 1969 in the prime of his career. Korac dominated the Yugoslav League to the tune of four titles and was its top scorer for seven consecutive years. He also won silver medals at World Championships, EuroBasket and the 1968 Olympic Games. Korac did things never seen before or since in the Euroleague, too, scoring 99 points in a game against Alvik Stockholm in 1965. When a third European competition was created, FIBA named it the Korac Cup in his honor.
Yuri Korneev
Yuri Korneev (1957-66)
Teams: Dynamo Moscow (RUS), CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Summary: One of the best centers in the early days of the Euroleague was Yuri Korneev, who was one of CSKA's cornerstones in the 1960s. Korneev helped CSKA win its second Euroleague title in 1963, scoring 15 points in the tie-break game against Real Madrid. He also guided CSKA to another Euroleague final in 1965, although Madrid took revenge that time. Korneev captured five Soviet Union league titles with CSKA and three EuroBasket titles with his national team. Korneev left CSKA in the prime of his career, since a rule in the Soviet Union at that time did not allow players aged 25 or older to play for the Army-supported team.
Janis Krumins
Janis Krumins (1954-69)
Teams: ASK Riga (LAT), VEF Riga (LAT)
Summary: The first superstar in European club basketball was Janis Krumins, ASK Riga's franchise player, who led the team to three consecutive Euroleague titles from 1958 to 1960 as well as five Soviet Union league trophies in the 1950s. Krumins was a 2.15-meter center in an era when few players reached the 2.00-meter mark. He changed games on defense, but also dominated at the other end, scoring 29 points in the first leg of the 1959 Euroleague final against Academic Sofia and 28 in the 1960 Euroleague final against Dinamo Tbilisi. His jump hooks and size turned him into one of the most unstoppable players ever in Europe.
Toni Kukoc
Toni Kukoc (1985-2006)
Teams: Split (CRO), Benetton Treviso (ITA), Chicago Bulls (USA), Philadelphia 76ers (USA), Atlanta Hawks (USA), Milwaukee Bucks (USA)
Summary: A talented, left-handed, do-it-all swingman, Toni Kukoc broke all European basketball standards. He dominated European basketball with his creativity, deep shooting range and incredible talent. Kukoc led Split to three consecutive Euroleague titles from 1989 to 1991 and made it to another final with Benetton Treviso in 1993. He then left for the NBA, helping the Chicago Bulls to win three titles from 1996 to 1998. Kukoc also led the Yugoslavian national team to two EuroBasket titles and a World Championship and captured the silver medal at the 1992 Olympics with Croatia.
Rimas Kurtinaitis
Rimas Kurtinaitis (1982-2006)
Teams: CSKA Moscow (RUS), Zalgiris Kaunas (LTU), Brandt Hagen (GER), Huesca (ESP), Townsville Suns (AUS), Real Madrid (ESP), Chalon sur Saone (FRA), Atletas Kaunas (LTU), Lietuvos Rytas (LTU), BC Kiyv (UKR), Gala BC Baku (AZE)
Summary: A one-of-a-kind bomber with unlimited range, Rimas Kurtiniatis was one of the best pure shooters ever seen on the continent. Kurtinaitis helped Zalgiris to the 1986 Euroleague final and won three consecutive Soviet league titles with his team as well. He became known worldwide when he came off the Soviet Union bench to score 25 points in downing the United States in the 1988 Olympic semifinal, eventually helping the Soviets to capture gold. Kurtinaitis also won the Spanish League with Real Madrid in 1995 and back-to-back Olympic bronze medals with Lithuania in 1992 and 1996.
Ibrahim Kutluay
Ibrahim Kutluay (1991-Present)
Teams: Fenerbahce (TUR), Efes Pilsen (TUR), AEK (GRE), Panathinaikos (GRE), Ulker (TUR), Seattle Supersonics (USA), Fenerbahce Ulker (TUR)
Summary: Not only a legendary shooter, but Ibrahim Kutluay also made history by becoming the first Turkish player to win a Euroleague title. Playing for Panathinaikos, a Greek team, the combination also became a symbol of peace between both countries. Moreover, Kutluay was the top scorer in the 2002 final with 22 points. He also took part in the 2000 Euroleague Final Four with Efes Pilsen, won two Greek league titles with Panathinaikos and captured Turkish League trophies with Ulker and Fenerbahce Ulker in each of the last two seasons.
Clifford Luyk
Clifford Luyk (1958-78)
Teams: University of Florida (USA), Real Madrid (ESP)
Summary: Not only was he a dominant big man with an unstoppable hook shot, but Clifford Luyk was also one of the winningest players on the continent. From 1963 to 1978, Luyk helped Madrid to 14 Spanish League championships, 10 Spanish Cup crowns and six Euroleague titles – even though he did not take part in the 1978 final at age 37. Luyk was athletic, talented and possessed great low-post skills, highlighted by his trademark, old-school hook shot. He turned Real Madrid into the biggest European club of the 1960s. As a coach, he won the 1992 Saporta Cup and reached the 1993 Euroleague Final Four with Real Madrid.
Kevin Magee
Kevin Magee (1977-94)
Teams: University of Southeast Louisiana (USA), Saddleback College (USA), University of California-Irvine (USA), Varese (ITA), Zaragoza (ESP), Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR), Torino (ITA), Paris (FRA), Maccabi Rishon Le Zion (ISR)
Summary: A rock-solid power forward with a unique combination of talent, deadly mid-range shots and outstanding leadership, Kevin Magee is still considered one of the best Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv players in club history. He changed Spanish basketball history by helping Cai Zaragoza to the King's Cup title and then went on to win five Israeli League crowns and five Israeli Cups while also reaching three consecutive Euroleague finals with Maccabi between 1985 and 1990. Magee, who scored 2,081 points in 90 Euroleague games, passed away in a car accident at age 44.
Walter Magnifico
Walter Magnifico (1980-2001)
Teams: Scavolini (ITA), Virtus Bologna (ITA), Virtus Roma (ITA)
Summary: A franchise player at a classic European basketball team, Walter Magnifico is the first name which comes to mind when anyone thinks of Scavolini. Magnifico arrived in Pesaro in the early 1980s and helped the team go from an unknown to a Euroleague regular in just a decade. He helped Scavolini to Italian League titles in 1988 and 1990 as well as Italian Cup titles in 1982, 1985 and 1992. Magnifico won the Saporta Cup in 1983 and reached the Final Four in 1991. Magnifico scored over 10,000 points in the Italian League and remains a symbol in Pesaro.
Bob McAdoo
Bob McAdoo (1969-93)
Teams: Vincennes University (USA), University of North Carolina (USA), Buffalo Braves (USA), New York Knicks (USA), Boston Celtics (USA), Detroit Pistons (USA), New Jersey Nets (USA), Los Angeles Lakers (USA), Philadelphia 76ers (USA), Olimpia Milano (ITA), Forli (ITA), Fabriano (ITA)
Summary: Bob McAdoo dominated European basketball at the end of his legendary career, which included two two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, the 1975 NBA MVP award and 18,787 points. After coming to Europe, McAdoo led Milano to Euroleague titles in 1987 and 1988 and two Italian League crowns and an Italian Cup. An incredible one-on-one player with a deadly turnaround shot, McAdoo had 21 points in the 1987 Euroleague final and added 25 and 12 rebounds in the 1988 title game. His professionalism and outstanding charisma keep him as an all-time fan favorite in Milano.
Fernando Martin
Fernando Martin (1979-89)
Teams: Estudiantes (ESP), Real Madrid (ESP), Portland Trail Blazers (USA)
Summary: A strong and skilled power forward who hated to lose, Fernando Martin became a Real Madrid superstar while still in his teens. Martin was the best Spanish player of his generation and just the second European player to join the NBA without playing in college. He helped Madrid to Saporta Cup titles in 1984 and 1989, a Korac Cup in 1988 and reached the Euroleague final in 1986. Martin, one of the most intense and charismatic players in Europe, passed away in 1989 at the early age of 26 in a tragic car accident.
Pierluigi Marzorati Pierluigi Marzorati (1970-1991, 2006)
Teams: Cantu (ITA)
Summary: With his court vision, leadership and determination, Pireluigi Marzorati was a natural-born winner who took Cantu to back-to-back Euroleague titles in 1982 and 1983. In his 22 consecutive seasons with Cantu, Marzorati also guided the club to three consecutive Korac Cup crowns from 1973 and 1975, as well as four Saporta Cups between 1977 and 1981. With nine European trophies, Marzorati ranks as one of the biggest winners in European basketball history. He also led Italy to the EuroBasket 1983 title. Marzorati, who played 692 Italian league games with Cantu and 278 with the Italian national team, is still a living legend.
Dino Meneghin
Dino Meneghin (1966-94)
Teams: Varese (ITA), Olimpia Milano (ITA), Trieste (ITA)
Summary: Dino Meneghin is the winningest player in Euroleague history. He won seven Euroleague titles (Varese in 1970, 1972-73, 1975-76 and Milano in 1987-88), played in 13 Euroleague finals, won the 1967 and 1980 Saporta Cups, the 1985 Korac Cup and also lifted 12 Italian League crowns and six Italian Cup trophies. Meneghin started playing in the Italian League at age 16 and retired at age 44, taking part in 836 domestic league games. He even played against his son Andrea, and also played 271 games with the Italian national team, winning EuroBasket 1983 and capturing silver at the 1980 Olympics.
Bob Morse
Bob Morse (1968-86)
Teams: University of Pennsylvania (USA), Varese (ITA), Antibes (FRA), Reggio Emilia (ITA)
Summary: Bob Morse was the X-factor for Varese in the club's glory years. A finesse scorer who could dominate a game in many ways, Morse arrived in Varese in 1972 and helped the team to three Euroleague titles in seven consecutive final appearances. He also won the 1980 Saporta Cup before leaving the club in 1981. Morse had 30 points in the 1975 Euroleague final and added 28 in the 1976 title game, helping Varese to lift back-to-back trophies against arch rival Real Madrid. He is remembered as a near-perfect scoring machine who helped Varese rewrite European basketball history.
Valdis Muiznieks
Valdis Muiznieks (1951-69)
Teams: Dynamo Riga (LAT), ASK Riga (LAT), VEF Riga (LAT)
Summary: As one of the best players on the first dominant team on the continent, Valdis Muiznieks remains a Latvian basketball legend. He helped ASK Riga to four consecutive Soviet Union titles from 1955 to 1958 as well as back-to-back Euroleague championships from 1958 to 1960. He shined in the 1959 final, scoring the decisive baskets that allowed ASK to escape with a big win against Academic in Sofia, Bulgaria, and sweep the series. Muiznieks, whose nephew Karlis is a well-known coach nowadays, also won three consecutive EuroBasket titles with the Soviet Union from 1957 to 1961.
Anatoliy Myshkin
Anatoliy Myshkin (1972-86)
Teams: Uralmach Sverdlovsk (RUS), CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Summary: A forward way ahead of his time, Anatoliy Myshkin broke all the schemes in European basketball. Fast, mobile, versatile and aggressive, Myshkin was a 2.07-meter forward, with the speed to beat any defender. He helped CSKA Moscow win eight consecutive Soviet Union league titles from 1977 to 1984. Even though his team was a Euroleague regular, Myshkin never had the chance to battle for the top continental title. He did guide the Soviet Union to back-to-back EuroBasket titles in 1979 and 1981 and won gold at the 1982 World Championships in Colombia.
Mihovil Nakic
Mihovil Nakic (1974-88)
Teams: Cibona (CRO), Udine (ITA)
Summary: A tall forward with poise and know-how, Mihovil Nakic helped Cibona to back-to-back Euroleague titles in 1985 and 1986 and the Saporta Cup in 1987, always backing the great Drazen Petrovic. Nakic was punched by Arvydas Sabonis in the 1986 Euroleague final, an action which broke open an otherwise balanced game between Cibona and Zalgiris. Nakic collected the gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games and the bronze medal in the 1984 Olympics. He also won the 1982 Saporta Cup with Cibona in the pre-Drazen era. Nakic still works for Cibona, now as its sports director.
Pater Naumoski
Petar Naumoski (1989-2004)
Teams: Split (CRO), Skopje (MKD), Efes Pilsen (TUR), Benetton Treviso (ITA), Mens Sana Basket (ITA), Olimpia Milano (ITA), Ulker (TUR)
Summary: A creative point guard never afraid of taking big shots, Petar Naumoski was the last player on the bench when Split won Euroleague titles in 1990 and 1991. But he soon became a well-known player in Europe. Naumoski won four Turkish league crowns and four Turkish Cup titles in four seasons with Efes Pilsen between 1993 and 1997, while also lifting the 1996 Korac Cup trophy. He played for Benetton Treviso in 1995, winning the Italian league championship and the Saporta Cup title. Naumoski added the 2002 Saporta Cup title with Montepaschi Siena at the end of his career.
Juan Carlos Navarro
Juan Carlos Navarro (1997-Present)
Teams: Barcelona (ESP), Memphis Grizzlies (USA)
Summary: A natural-born scorer with his own trademark shot, "la bomba," Juan Carlos Navarro helped Barcelona to finally win its first and only Euroleague in 2003, putting an end to the team's 20-year search for that title. Navarro, a home-grown product for Barca, made the most out of his unbelievable scoring skills. Floating jumpers, unlimited shooting range and great one-on-one skills turned him into a one-of-a-kind player. Navarro was also a world champion, both at the junior and senior levels, with the Spanish national team. He also won four Spanish League titles and the 1999 Korac Cup with Barcelona.
Audie Norris
Audie Norris (1978-94)
Teams: Jackson St. University (USA), Portland Trail Blazers (USA), Benetton Treviso (ITA), Barcelona (ESP), Peristeri (GRE)
Summary: A tremendous low post player with strength and talent, Audie Norris remains a living legend at FC Barcelona. Norris played for Barcelona for six consecutive seasons, winning three Spanish League titles and lifting two Spanish King's Cup trophies as well. Norris added leadership and power to guide Barcelona to the 1990 and 1991 Euroleague finals, but saw the legendary Split stand in the way. Despite that, the hard-working Norris became a fan favorite in Barcelona.
Stephane Ostrowski
Stephane Ostrowski (1979-2005)
Teams: Le Mans (FRA), Limoges (FRA), Antibes (FRA), Cholet (FRA), Elan Chalon (FRA)
Summary: A mobile big man with post skills and an effective mid-range jumper, Stephane Ostrowski remains one of the best European power forwards of his generation. Ostrowski led Limoges to a golden age, winning three consecutive French league titles from 1988 to 1990 as well as the 1988 Saporta Cup trophy. He left Limoges just one year before his former club captured the Euroleague title. Ostrowski would lift his last title, the 1998 French Cup, with Cholet. He also was a star with the French national team throughout the 1980s.
Theo Papaloukas
Theo Papaloukas (1995-Present)
Teams: Abelokipoi (GRE), Dafni (GRE), Panionios (GRE), Olympiacos (GRE), CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Summary: Theo Papaloukas changed the concept of the sixth man in modern basketball by not only dominating games, but an entire competition, despite coming off the bench every night. Papaloukas is a tall playmaker with outstanding leadership and passing skills who led CSKA to the 2006 Euroleague title, the club's first in 35 years, and then won the 2007 Euroleague MVP. Papaloukas also helped Greece capture gold at EuroBasket 2005 and the silver medal at the 2006 World Championships. And with CSKA, he won five consecutive Russian League titles. At age 30, Papaloukas is only now at the prime of his career.
Anthony Parker
Anthony Parker (1993-Present)
Teams: Bradley University (USA), Philadelphia 76ers (USA), Orlando Magic (USA), Quad City (USA), Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR), Virtus Roma (ITA), Toronto Raptors (USA)
Summary: A savvy and athletic swingman, Anthony Parker became a European basketball superstar playing the Euroleague with Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv. Parker went from being relatively unknown to earning back-to-back Euroleague MVP awards, winning Euroleague titles in 2004 and 2005 and reaching another final in 2006. He also took the 2001 SuproLeague trophy with the Israeli powerhouse. Parker, whose alley-oop dunks and finesse, trademark mid-range shots turned him into a European basketball icon, also won five Israeli League and Cup titles in as many seasons with Maccabi.
Zarko Paspalj
Zarko Paspalj (1982-99)
Teams: Buducnost Podgorica (MNT), Partizan (SRB), San Antonio Spurs (USA), Olympiacos (GRE), Panathinaikos (GRE), Panionios (GRE), Paris (FRA), Aris (GRE), Virtus Bologna (ITA)
Summary: Zarko Paspalj was a scoring machine who made the most out of his all-around offensive skills. Paspalj helped Partizan to the 1988 Euroleague Final Four and won the 1989 Korac Cup. He also played in several Final Fours with Panathinaikos and Olympiacos and won back-to-back Greek League titles with the Reds in 1993 and 1994. A Yugoslavian League title with Partizan in 1987 and a French League crown with Paris in 1997 are other highlights in Paspalj's career, which also featured three EuroBaskets titles and the 1990 World Championship with Yugoslavia.
Velimir Perasovic
Velimir Perasovic (1984-2003)
Teams: Split (CRO), Breogan (ESP), Baskonia (ESP), Fuenlabrada (ESP), Alicante (ESP)
Summary: Velimir Perasovic was a phenomenal scorer with an outstanding work ethic. He found success early in his career, leading Split to four consecutive Yugoslavian League titles from 1988 to 1991. He also helped Split rewrite the European basketball history books, lifting three consecutive Euroleague trophies from 1989 to 1991 as a key player in one of the best teams ever. Perasovic also was the Spanish League's top scorer five times and led Baskonia to the Saporta Cup title in 1996.
Aulcie Perry
Aulcie Perry (1970-85)
Teams: Bethune-Cookman College (USA), Virginia Squires (USA), Allentown Jets (USA), Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR)
Summary: Aulcie Perry was a talented big man who became a classic player in Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv's early European successes after joining the team in 1977. Perry immediately helped Maccabi to its first Triple Crown – Israeli League, Israeli Cup and most importantly, its first Euroleague title. He then joined forces with Earl Williams to form Maccabi's trademark frontcourt during the early 1980s and Perry would help Maccabi to a second Euroleague title in 1981. He would also reach Euroleague finals in 1980 and 1982 while dominating his team's domestic competitions.
Aca Petrovic
Aleksandar Petrovic (1979-92)
Teams: Cibona (CRO), Scavolini Pesaro (ITA), Zagreb (CRO), Postonja (SLO)
Summary: A three-point specialist and a leader on court, Aleksandar Petrovic was way more than just Drazen's brother. Petrovic arrived at Cibona in the early 1980s and won four consecutive Yugoslavian Cups, a Yugoslavian League title and a Saporta Cup title from 1980 and 1983. When Drazen joined him, the Petrovic brothers drove everyone crazy, dominating the games with outstanding talent and superb psychology. Petrovic won back-to-back Euroleague titles with Cibona in 1985 and 1986 as well as the Saporta Cup title in 1987. He has gone on to become a well-known coach since the 1990s.
Drazen Petrovic
Drazen Petrovic (1979-93)
Teams: Sibenik (CRO), Cibona (CRO), Real Madrid (ESP), Portland Trail Blazers (USA), New Jersey Nets (USA)
Summary: A Croatian legend, Drazen Petrovic was sometimes called “the Mozart of Basketball.” Petrovic captured back-to-back Euroleague titles with Cibona in 1985 and 1986. He added Saporta Cup titles in 1987 and in 1989, scoring 62 points in the title game against Snaidero Caserta. Petrovic also won three Olympic silver medals, two with Yugoslavia and one with Croatia. He claimed gold at the 1989 EuroBasket and the 1990 World Championship before going to the NBA, where he averaged 22.3 points in the 1992-93 NBA season. Petrovic passed away still in his prime from a car accident in the summer of 1993.
Riccardo Pittis
Riccardo Pittis (1984-2004)
Teams: Olimpia Milano (ITA), Benetton Treviso (ITA)
Summary: A leader by example who overcame injuries and adversity to stay among the European basketball elite, Riccardo Pittis built his legend with hard work and love for the game. Pittis was a versatile forward who spent his 20-year professional career in Milano and Benetton Treviso. He won back-to-back Euroleague titles with Milano in 1987 and 1988 and lifted two Korac Cups and four Italian league crowns with his first club. He moved to Treviso in 1993, helping Benetton to three Italian League championships, five Italian Cups and two Saporta Cup titles before retiring in 2004 as one of the winningest players ever in Europe.
Dino Radja
Dino Radja (1984-2003)
Teams: Split (CRO), Virtus Roma (ITA), Boston Celtics (USA), Panathinaikos (GRE), Zadar (CRO), Olympiacos (GRE), Cibona (CRO)
Summary: His excellent post moves, highlighted by a deadly turnaround jumper made Dino Radja the best power forwards of his generation. Radja won back-to-back Euroleague titles and three Yugoslavian League championships with Jugoplastika Split from 1988 to 1990. He added back-to-back Greek League titles with Panathinaikos after a brief stay in the NBA, and won consecutive Croatian League titles with Cibona in 2002 and Split in 2003 at the end of his legendary career. Radja added gold at EuroBasket 1989 and 1991 with Yugoslavia to his impressive roll of honors.
Manolo Raga
Manuel Raga (1963-77)
Teams: Villa Aldama (MEX), Varese (ITA), Lugano (SWI)
Summary: One of the first great athletic guards in European basketball, Manuel Raga is arguably the best Mexican basketball player ever. A great defensive player with outstanding jumping and rebounding skills, Raga joined Varese in 1968, starting the club's golden age alongside players like Aldo Ossola and Dino Meneghin. Raga helped Varese to three Italian League crowns, three Italian Cups and three Euroleague titles from 1968 to 1975 as one of the most fun-to-watch players in basketball. "The Flying Mexican" was simply unstoppable and way ahead of his own era.
Zeljko Rebraca
Zeljko Rebraca (1991-2007)
Teams: Partizan (SRB), Benetton Treviso (ITA), Panathinaikos (GRE), Detroit Pistons (USA), Atlanta Hawks (USA), Los Angeles Clippers (USA), Valencia (ESP)
Summary: One of the best defensive centers of his time, Zeljko Rebraca became a dominant force when he added a variety of low-post moves to go along with his deadly mid-range jumper. Rebraca was a reserve when Partizan won the Euroleague title in 1992, but soon became a superstar. He won the 1999 Saporta Cup with Benetton Treviso and then helped Panathinaikos to both the Greek League and Euroleague titles in 2000. Rebraca had 20 points in the 2000 Euroleague final against Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv. After a few years in the NBA, Rebraca is now back in Europe playing for Pamesa Valencia.
Carlo Recalcati
Carlo Recalcati (1967-79)
Teams: Cantu (ITA)
Summary: An all-around scorer back then and a top coach now, Carlo Recalcati has always been a winner. Recalcati led Cantu to its golden age in Europe, consisting of Italian League titles in 1968 and 1975 and three consecutive Korac Cup trophies between 1973 and 1975. Recalcati and Cantu reached even higher ground in the late 1970s, lifting three straight Saporta Cup titles from 1977 to 1979. Recalcati retired before his team won consecutive Euroleague titles in 1982 and 1983, but he set the pace for players like Pierluigi Marzorati and Antonello Riva to do it.
Antoine Rigaudeau
Antoine Rigaudeau (1987-2005)
Teams: Cholet (FRA), Pau-Orthez (FRA), Virtus Bologna (ITA), Dallas Mavericks (USA), Valencia (ESP)
Summary: A basketball genius with elegance, poise and determination, Antoine Rigaudeau was the best French player of his generation. Rigaudeau started his legendary career with Cholet at age 16 and soon became a mismatch due to his size and creativity. He won the 1997 French League title with Pau-Orthez and joined Kinder Bologna that summer, leading the team to its glory days. In his six seasons in Bologna, Rigaudeau won Euroleague crowns in 1998 and 2001, reached the finals in 1999 and 2002 and lifted two Italian League and three Italian Cup trophies.
Antonello Riva
Antonello Riva (1977-2002)
Teams: Cantu (ITA), Olimpia Milano (ITA), Scavolini Pesaro (ITA)
Summary: Not only was Antonello Riva a non-stop scorer, but he was also a winner. Riva helped Cantu to consecutive Euroleague titles in 1982 and 1983 and also lifted Saporta Cup titles in 1978, 1979 and 1981. Riva, the "Nembo Kid", also captured the 1993 Korac Cup with Milano. He is both the Italian League's (14,399 points) and the Italian national team's (3,785 points) all-time leading scorer. Riva guided Italy to gold at EuroBasket 1983 and won the silver medal at the 1980 Olympic Games. A natural-born scorer who always led by example, Riva was a European superstar in the 1980s.
David Rivers
David Rivers (1984-2001)
Teams: University of Notre Dame (USA), Los Angeles Lakers (USA), Minnesota Timberwolves (USA), Los Angeles Clippers (USA), Memphis Rockers (USA), Tulsa Fast Breakers (USA), La Crosse Catbirds (USA), Rapid City Thrillers (USA), Antibes (FRA), Olympiacos (GRE), Fortitudo Bologna (ITA), Tofas Bursa (TUR)
Summary: A dynamic and unique point guard in his time, David Rivers led Olympiacos to its only Euroleague title in 1997, earning Final Four MVP honors in the process. Rivers was an old-school playmaker who got everyone involved, while providing leadership and driving skills. Antibes was his first European team and led them to the French championship in 1995, right before joining Olympiacos. Rivers had 26 points in the 1997 Euroleague final against Barcelona and also played for Tofas Bursa and Fortitudo Bologna. Rivers will always be a hero for all Olympiacos fans.
Emiliano Rodriguez
Emiliano Rodriguez (1958-73)
Teams: Aismalibar Montcada (ESP), Real Madrid (ESP)
Summary: Emiliano Rodrigues was of the best European players of his generation as well as an unstoppable scorer and a gentleman like few others in basketball history. Rodriguez led Real Madrid to its early European success, winning four Euroleague titles in 1964, 1965, 1967 and 1968. He also won nine Spanish Cup titles and lifted 12 consecutive Spanish league trophies from 1961 to 1973. Rodriguez averaged 23.6 points in his four Euroleague finals won with Madrid and remains a basketball icon in Spain. Rodriguez now works for Real Madrid as president of the club's veteran association.
Johnny Rogers
Johnny Rogers (1981-2004)
Teams: University of Stanford (USA), University of California-Irvine (USA), Sacramento Kings (USA), Cleveland Cavaliers (USA), Real Madrid (ESP), Pamesa Valencia (ESP), Olimpia Milano (ITA), Varese (ITA), Forli (ITA), Caceres (ESP), Murcia (ESP), Olympiacos (GRE), Panathinaikos (GRE), Lleida (ESP)
Summary: A modern power forward with leadership and an unorthodox-yet-effective jump shot, Johnny Rogers offered professionalism everywhere he played. He joined Real Madrid in the late 1980s and delivered immediately, helping his team to the 1989 Saporta Cup. Rogers also made it to the Final Four with Milano in 1992 and Olympiacos in 1999, but the ultimate success came late in his career. Rogers helped Panathinaikos to two Greek league titles and two Euroleague championships from 2000 to 2002, rounding out a successful career. Rogers is now Pamesa Valencia's sports director.
Arvydas Sabonis
Arvydas Sabonis (1981-2004)
Teams: Zalgiris Kaunas (LTU), Valladolid (ESP), Real Madrid (ESP), Portland Trail Blazers (USA)
Summary: Arvydas Sabonis blended a unique combination of talent, passing skills and shooting range rarely seen. Sabonis grew up with Zalgiris, where he won three consecutive Soviet Union titles and reached the 1986 Euroleague final. In 1995, Sabonis led Real Madrid to the Euroleague title. Sabonis also won 10 medals at numerous EuroBaskets, World Championships and Olympic Games. He captured 1988 Olympic gold with the Soviet Union and won back-to-back bronze medals with Lithuania in 1992 and 1996. After a long career in the NBA, Sabonis came back to Zalgiris to play his final season, where he is also the team's president.
Juan Antonio San Epifanio
Juan Antonio San Epifanio "Epi" (1976-95)
Teams: Barcelona (ESP)
Summary: A superb scorer with outstanding work ethic, Juan Antonio San Epifanio, or "Epi", became a legend at Barcelona. He joined he club's first team in 1977 and would stay there for 18 straight seasons. He won seven Spanish league and 10 King's Cup titles and lifted Saporta Cup trophies in 1985 and 1986 and a Korac Cup the next season. Even though the Euroleague title is absent from his roll of honors, Epi did reach the competition's title game three times. He also played 239 games for the Spanish national team, more than anyone in history, and won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics.
Zoran Savic
Zoran Savic (1986-2002)
Teams: Split (CRO), Barcelona (ESP), PAOK (GRE), Real Madrid (ESP), Virtus Bologna (ITA), Efes Pilsen (TUR), Fortitudo Bologna (ITA)
Summary: A natural-born winner who gave everything on the court, Zoran Savic was a talented, blue-collar power forward. Savic joined Split in the early 1990s and won back-to-back Euroleague titles in 1990 and 1991. He scored 27 points in the 1991 Euroleague final against Barcelona. He won another Euroleague title with Kinder in 1998, a Korac Cup crown with PAOK in 1994 and was domestic champion with Kinder (1997) and Barcelona (2001). Savic also won EuroBasket and World Championship gold medals with Yugoslavia.
Luis Scola
Luis Scola (1996-Present)
Teams: Ferrocarril Oeste (ARG), Gijon Baloncesto (ESP), Baskonia (ESP), Houston Rockets (USA)
Summary: His footwork, determination and talent helped Luis Scola lead Tau Ceramica and the Argentinean national team to great heights. Scola joined Tau in his teens, but soon became a rising star. He helped Tau to the Spanish League crown in 2002, collected three Spanish King's Cup trophies and led the club to three straight Final Four appearances from 2005 to 2007. An All-Euroleague forward in each of the last two seasons, Scola changed the world basketball map forever when he helped Argentina win the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics. He also captured the silver medal at the 2002 World Championships.
Derrick Sharp
Derrick Sharp (1990-Present)
Teams: University of South Florida (USA), Tampa Bay Windjammers (USA), Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR)
Summary: A miracle-maker for all Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv fans all around the world, Derrick Sharp remains one of the most important players in club history. Sharp helped Maccabi to the 2004 Euroleague title by hitting a game-tying miracle triple to force overtime in a do-or-die Top 16 game against Zalgiris Kaunas. Sharp also won the 2005 Euroleague title and the 2001 SuproLeague crown with Maccabi, the team he has helped win 11 consecutive Israeli League titles. Still active, the Maccabi captain hopes to add more trophies to his already impressive roll of honors.
Zoran Slavnic
Moka Slavnic (1963-83)
Teams: Red Star (SRB), Joventut (ESP), Sibenik (CRO), Partizan (SRB), Caserta (ITA)
Summary: A genius on and off the court, Moka Slavnic is one of the most charismatic players ever seen in Europe, as well as a talented floor general with unlimited ambition. Slavnic stated his career at Red Star, winning two Yugoslav league crowns and three Yugoslav Cup titles as well as lifting the Saporta Cup trophy in 1974. Slavnic also helped Joventut to the Spanish league crown in 1978. He also shined with the Yugoslavian national team, winning three EuroBasket titles from 1973 to 1977. Slavnic also won gold at the 1978 World Championships and the 1980 Olympics.
Matjaz Smodis
Matjaz Smodis (1994-Present)
Teams: Krka Novo Mesto (SLO), Virtus Bologna (ITA), Fortitudo Bologna (ITA), CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Summary: A modern power forward with solid post skills and unlimited range, Matjaz Smodis remains the silent leader at Euroleague powerhouse CSKA Moscow. Smodis already surprised Slovenian basketball by leading Krka Novo Mesto to the 2000 league title against perennial champion Union Olimpija. He then joined Kinder Bologna, winning the 2001 Euroleague title and reaching the 2002 title game. Another Euroleague title with CSKA in 2006 and finals with Fortitudo in 2004 and CSKA in 2007 show that Smodis is always ready to take his team to bigger heights.
Nacho Solozabal Nacho Solozabal (1975-92)
Teams: FC Barcelona (ESP)
Summary: A left-handed point guard with great penetration and clutch-shooting skills, Nacho Solozabal devoted his entire playing career to FC Barcelona. He helped the club become a dynasty, winning six Spanish league crowns and nine Spanish King's Cup titles. He also found success with Barcelona in European competitions, winning back-to-back Saporta Cup titles in 1985 and 1986 and a Korac Cup trophy in 1987. Despite reaching three Euroleague finals, he never lifted the ultimate continental crown. Solozabal did capture silver medals at EuroBasket 1983 and the 1984 Olympics with the Spanish national team.
Saulius Stombergas
Saulius Stombergas (1991-2007)
Teams: Atletas Kaunas (LTU), Zalgiris Kaunas (LTU), Vostok Shanghai (CHN), Virtus Bologna (ITA), Baskonia (ESP), Efes Pilsen (TUR), Unics Kazan (RUS), Ulker (TUR)
Summary: A sharp shooter with unlimited range, Stombergas played in China before becoming a European superstar. He joined Zalgiris and immediately delivered, scoring 35 points to lead his team to the 1998 Saporta Cup over Milano. Stombergas and Zalgiris then lifted the 1999 Euroleague trophy in shocking, spectacular fashion. He showed his talent in the 2001 Euroleague semifinals, making 9-of-9 three-pointers to help Tau Ceramica beat AEK Athens. Stombergas also won the 2002 Turkish league and Turkish Cup with Efes Pilsen and the 2004 FIBA EuroCup with Unics Kazan.
Walter Szczerbiak
Walter Szczerbiak (1967-84)
Teams: George Washington University (USA), Pittsburgh Condors (USA), Wilkes-Barre Barons (USA), Real Madrid (ESP), Udine (ITA), Canarias (ESP)
Summary: A phenomenal scorer with all-around offensive skills, Walter Szczerbiak was Real Madrid's top gun in the 1970s. Ambitious, with unlimited range and never afraid of taking big shots, Szczerbiak joined Real Madrid in 1973 and immediately helped the club to the Euroleague title in 1974 against Varese. Szczerbiak would score 26 points in the 1978 Euroleague final against Varese and hit for 16 in the 1980 title game against Maccabi Tel Aviv to lift two more top continental trophies. Szczerbiak, a superstar and a gentleman off the court, also won four Spanish league titles with Madrid.
Vladimir Tkachenko
Vladimir Tkachenko (1973-92)
Teams: Stroitel Kyiv (UKR), CSKA Moscow (RUS), Guadalajara (ESP)
Summary: A dominant, powerful big man with good hands and surprisingly deep range, Vladimir Tkachenko was one of the dominant players of the 1980s. Tkachenko, a 2.20-meter center, was a force in the paint for CSKA and the Soviet Union throughout the decade after winning the 1976 Olympic bronze medal in Montreal at age 18. He joined CSKA in the early 1980s and guided them to four Soviet Union titles from 1983 to 1990. Tkachenko also captured gold at the 1982 World Championship and three EuroBasket crowns with the Soviet Union.
Corny Thompson
Corny Thompson (1978-96)
Teams: University of Connecticut (USA), Dallas Mavericks (USA), Detroit Spirits (USA), Varese (ITA), Joventut (ESP), Leon (ESP)
Summary: If a shot defines a basketball player, then Corny Thompson hit the biggest highlight of his career when he buried the game-winning triple that brought Joventut the 1994 Euroleague title. Thompson was a charismatic big man with great post skills and deep range, who turned Joventut into a better team throughout the 1990s. Before that he dominated the Italian league with Varese, averaging almost 20 points and 10 rebounds for six seasons. Thompson also won back-to-back Spanish league titles in 1991 and 1992. But no one will forget that clutch shot.
Maigonis Valdmanis
Maigonis Valdmanis (1949-63)
Teams: Dynamo Riga (LAT), ASK Riga (LAT)
Summary: As ASK Riga's team captain, Maigonis Valdmanis had the honour of raising the first-ever Euroleague trophy in 1958. He also helped Riga to capture the next two Euroleague crowns in 1959 and 1960 for a historic three-peat. Valdmanis was a power forward who made up an incredible frontcourt with the unstoppable Janis Krumins. Valdmanis also helped ASK to four consecutive Soviet Union titles from 1955 to 1958. And he guided the Soviet Union to three consecutive EuroBasket titles from 1957 to 1961, when the national team was flooded with ASK players.
Zarko Varajic
Zarko Varajic (1969-84)
Teams: Bosna Sarajevo (BIH)
Summary: Zarko Varajic rewrote the European basketball history books and remains the top scorer in a single-game Euroleague final ever. Varajic broke all the records by scoring 45 points in the 1979 Euroleague final to help Bosna Sarajevo down mighty Varese and win its only top continental trophy. He also helped Bosnia to three Yugoslavian league crowns between 1978 and 1983 as well as Yugoslavian Cup trophies in 1978 and 1984. Varajic also won a silver medal at the 1976 Olympics, but it was his partnership with Mirza Delibasic in the 1979 Euroleague final that will be remembered best.
Jordi Villacampa
Jordi Villacampa (1980-97)
Teams: Joventut (ESP)
Summary: An all-around offensive guard with superb one-on-one skills and a gifted athlete, Jordi Villacampa is one of the best Spanish players ever. Villacampa played for Joventut his entire career, gaining a decisive role in the 1981 Korac Cup final for his first European title. Villacampa would help Joventut win another Korac Cup in 1989 and topped off his career by lifting the 1994 Euroleague trophy in Tel Aviv. In his 17 seasons with Joventut, he also won two Spanish league crowns and a Spanish King's Cup. Villacampa also holds Spain's single-game scoring record of 48 points.
Alexander Volkov
Alexander Volkov (1983-96)
Teams: Stroitel Kyiv (UKR), CSKA Moscow (RUS), Atlanta Hawks (USA), Reggio Calabria (ITA), Panathinaikos (GRE), Olympiacos (GRE)
Summary: Alexander Volkov helped break all existing barriers when he became one of the two first Soviet Union player to join the NBA in 1989. He made his mark on the game also by helping the Soviet Union to the EuroBasket 1985 gold medal as well as gold at the 1988 Olympics. After three seasons in the NBA, Volkov returned to Europe to play for Greek powerhouses Panathinaikos and Olympiacos. Volkov continues to contribute to European basketball today as president of the Ukrainian Basketball Federation and owner of BC Kyiv.
Gennady Volnov
Gennady Volnov (1956-73)
Teams: Moscow Burevestnik (RUS), CSKA Moscow (RUS)
Summary: Gennady Volnov was one of the biggest basketball stars of the 1960s after joining CSKA in 1959. He helped CSKA to 10 Soviet Union league crowns in his 12 years with the club. Volnov, who passed away on July 15, 2008, also played a major role in leading CSKA to Euroleague titles in 1961, 1963 and 1969. Volnov captured four Olympic medals with the Soviet Union, taking gold in 1972 against the United States in the final, silvers in 1960 and 1964 and bronze in 1968. He also grabbed gold at the World Championship in 1967 and collected six EuroBasket titles making him one of the winningest players ever.
Stojan Vrankovic
Stojan Vrankovic (1985-2002)
Teams: Zadar (CRO), Aris (GRE), Boston Celtics (USA), Panathinaikos (GRE), Minnesota Timberwolves (USA), Los Angeles Clippers (USA), Fortitudo Bologna (ITA)
Summary: Shot-blocking machine Stojan Vrankovic made a name for himself as an elite defensive specialist. His blocked shot against FC Barcelona allowed Panathinaikos to win its first Euroleague title in 1996. Vrankovic started his career in Zadar before joining Aris, whom he helped win a Greek Cup, Greek League and reach a Euroleague Final Four. After a brief stay in the NBA, Vrankovic joined Panathinaikos where he achieved his crowning moment. He also played for Fortitudo and Cibona while claiming gold at EuroBasket 1989 with Yugoslavia and an Olympic silver medal with Croatia in 1992.
Nikola Vujcic
Nikola Vujcic (1995-Present)
Teams: Split (CRO), Asvel (FRA), Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR)
Summary: A incredible offensive talent with great court-vision, deep shooting range and post skills, Nikola Vujcic is a modern center in the prime of his career. A three-time All-Euroleague selection, he is the only player to record a triple-double – twice – since the competition started in 2000. Vujcic helped Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv to back-to-back Euroleague titles in 2004 and 2005 and captured five Israeli league trophies in as many years. Vujcic also won the 2002 French league title with Asvel before helping Maccabi start a new era. At age 29, it seems that the best is yet to come.
Dominique Wilkins
Dominique Wilkins (1979-99)
Teams: University of Georgia (USA), Atlanta Hawks (USA), Los Angeles Clippers (USA), Boston Celtics (USA), Panathinaikos (GRE), San Antonio Spurs (USA), Fortitudo Bologna (ITA), Orlando Magic (USA)
Summary: Few American players had the impact in Europe that Dominique Wilkins had in his only season at Panathinaikos. Wilkins, one of the best dunkers of all-time and the NBA's ninth all-time leading scorer with 26,668 points, helped Panathinaikos to its first Euroleague title in 1996. Wilkins averaged 20.1 points in 17 games, scoring 35 in the semi-final game against CSKA Moscow. He posted a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds in the title game against Barcelona.
Larry Wright
Larry Wright (1975-88)
Teams: Grambling University (USA), Washington Bullets (USA), Detroit Pistons (USA), Virtus Roma (ITA), Udine (ITA)
Summary: Nicknamed "The Lullaby", Larry Wright was an unstoppable scoring guard who single-handedly helped Roma capture its only Euroleague title in 1984. Wright was undeniably the man of the game, scoring most of his 27 points in an outstanding second half which carried Roma to victory, rallying from a 16-point deficit. It was the highlight of his European basketball career, which saw him play 149 Italian league games, averaging 25.1 points in 38.8 minutes per night. Still an idol in Rome, Wright remains one of the most charismatic players in Italian basketball history.
Panagiotis Yannakis
Panagiotis Yannakis (1976-96)
Teams: Ionikos (GRE), Aris (GRE), Panionios (GRE), Panathinaikos (GRE)
Summary: A passionate, hard-working guard and a true floor general, Panagiotis Yannakis helped change Greek basketball forever. He started his career at Ionikos before joining Aris in the mid-1980s. Yannakis guided Aris to seven consecutive Greek league titles alongside the great Nikos Galis. He also won six Greek Cup trophies, the 1993 Saporta Cup and reached three straight Euroleague Final Fours from 1989 to 1991. Yannakis played one season with Panionios before finishing his career at Panathinaikos, where he won the 1996 Euroleague title. He and Galis also helped Greece to gold at EuroBasket 1987 in epic fashion.
Charlie Yelverton
Charlie Yelverton (1968-80)
Teams: Fordham University (USA), Portland Trail Blazers (USA), Scranton Apollos (USA), Varese (ITA), Brescia (ITA), Lugano (SWI)
Summary: An electric playmaker with great athletic skills, Charlie Yelverton achieved his greatest successes with Varese, replacing another legendary floor general in Manuel Raga. Yelverton joined Varese in the mid-1970s and helped the team to the 1975 Euroleague title and played in two other finals in 1978 and 1979. Even though Yelverton scored 24 points in the 1978 final and 27 in the 1979 title game, Varese could not lift either of those trophies. Yelverton would help Varese to the 1978 Italian league title as well as Swiss League and Cup crowns with Lugano in 1980.
Michael Young
Michael Young (1980-96)
Teams: University of Houston (USA), Phoenix Suns (USA), Detroit Spirits (USA), Philadelphia 76ers (USA), Valladolid (ESP), Udine (ITA), Los Angeles Clippers (USA), Reggio Calabria (ITA), Sioux Falls Skyforce (USA), Limoges (FRA), Lyon ESSMG (FRA)
Summary: A left-handed shooter who led Limoges to its biggest success against all odds, Michael Young was a lethal scorer who had to wait until the final days of his career to become a Euroleague superstar. Young had been a scoring machine playing for non-title contenders in Spain and Italy until Bozidar Maljkovic signed for Limoges at age 32. Young made the most of the opportunity, as Maljkovic's slow-paced basketball fit him perfectly. Young led Limoges to the shocking 1993 Euroleague title and added two French league crowns and two French Cup titles in his three seasons with the club.
Jure Zdovc
Jure Zdovc (1987-2003)
Teams: Olimpija Ljubljana (SLO), Virtus Bologna (ITA), Limoges (FRA), Iraklis (GRE), Helios Domzale (SLO), Paris (FRA), Panionios (GRE), Split (CRO), Geoplin Slovan (SLO)
Summary: A smart playmaker and a prime defensive stopper, Juri Zdovc was a silent leader throughout his successful career. Zdovc grew up with Union Olimpija and after a brief stay at Virtus Bologna, helped Limoges to the 1993 Euroleague title in shocking fashion. He also helped the Yugoslavian national team to gold at the EuroBaskets 1989 and 1991 and at the 1990 World Championship. Zdovc also won two Slovenian league titles, three Slovenian Cups and the 2002 Adriatic League with Olimpija and French league crowns with Limoges in 1993 and Paris in 1997.
Jiri Zidek
Jiri Zidek (1962-83)
Teams: Slavia Prague
Summary: A talented, rock-solid center, Jiri Zidek is arguably the best Czech player ever even though it was his son, Jiri Zidek Jr., who won the Euroleague title with Zalgiris in 1999. Zidek Sr. helped Slavia Prague make it all the way to the Euroleague final in 1966. He scored 22 points in the final to lead all scorers, but Simmenthal Milano stood in his way for the Euroleague crown. Zidek also helped Slavia reach the 1967 Euroleague Final Four and won the 1969 Saporta Cup title. Zidek Sr. starred for Slavia in front of the biggest single crowd in basketball history, 80,000 fans in Athens at the 1968 Saporta Cup final.
THE ALL-TIME PLAYER NOMINEES
· Miles Aiken
· Armenak Alachachan
· Fragiskos Alvertis
· Vladimir Andreev
· Joe Arlauckas
· Motti Aroesti
· Sergei Belov
· Miki Berkowitz
· Dejan Bodiroga
· Wayne Brabender
· Bill Bradley
· Tal Brody
· Roberto Brunamonti
· Valdemaras Chomicius
· Juan Antonio Corbalan
· Kresimir Cosic
· Richard Dacoury
· Drazen Dalipagic
· Ivo Daneu
· Sasha Danilovic
· Mike D'Antoni
· Mirza Delibasic
· Dimitris Diamantidis
· Vlade Divac
· Sasha Djordjevic
· Tyus Edney
· Panagiotis Fassoulas
· Bruce Flowers
· Nikos Galis
· Manu Ginobili
· Dusko Ivanovic
· Doron Jamchy
· Sarunas Jasikevicius
· Arturas Karnisovas
· Clarence Kea
· Dragan Kicanovic
· Radivoj Korac
· Yuri Korneev
· Janis Krumins
· Toni Kukoc
· Rimas Kurtinaitis
· Ibrahim Kutluay
· Clifford Luyk
· Kevin Magee
· Walter Magnifico
· Fernando Martin
· Bob McAdoo
· Pierluigi Marzorati
· Dino Meneghin
· Bob Morse
· Valdis Muiznieks
· Anatoliy Myshkin
· Mihovil Nakic
· Petar Naumoski
· Juan Carlos Navarro
· Audie Norris
· Stephane Ostrowski
· Theo Papaloukas
· Anthony Parker
· Zarko Paspalj
· Velimir Perasovic
· Aulcie Perry
· Aleksandar Petrovic
· Drazen Petrovic
· Riccardo Pittis
· Dino Radja
· Manuel Raga
· Zeljko Rebraca
· Carlo Recalcati
· Antoine Rigaudeau
· Antonello Riva
· David Rivers
· Emiliano Rodriguez
· Johnny Rogers
· Arvydas Sabonis
· Juan A. San Epifanio "Epi"
· Zoran Savic
· Luis Scola
· Derrick Sharp
· Moka Slavnic
· Matjaz Smodis
· Nacho Solozabal
· Saulius Stombergas
· Walter Szczerbiak
· Vladimir Tkatchenko
· Corny Thompson
· Maigonis Valdmanis
· Zarko Varajic
· Jordi Villacampa
· Alexander Volkov
· Gennady Volnov
· Stojan Vrankovic
· Nikola Vujcic
· Dominique Wilkins
· Larry Wright
· Panagiotis Yannakis
· Charlie Yelverton
· Michael Young
· Jure Zdovc
· Jiri Zidek

WRITE-IN CANDIDATES
· Marcus Brown
· Giuseppe "Pino" Giergia
· Rafael Rullan
· Mirsad Turkcan

NOMINATIONS NOTES
- Anyone with a long basketball career that has touched significantly, even if briefly, on the Euroleague (or the equivalent top European club competition) has been considered. Once a player had a significant role in the Euroleague, his whole career - including other European and international competitions - was considered. Examples are Carlo Recalcati, Bill Bradley and Dominique Wilkins.
- Players, coaches and referees who never participated in the Euroleague (or the equivalent top European club competition) have NOT been considered for this list. For instance, players like Sarunas Marciulionis, Dirk Nowitzki and Oscar Schmidt belong to the very elite of European basketball history, but none ever played in the top European competition.
- Players, coaches and referees who did not have significant impact in the Euroleague (or equivalent top European club competition) have NOT been considered. Pau Gasol may well become the biggest example of this, since he only played one full season, averaging 4.3 points in 1998-99, and only six games in 2000-01 due to injury.