From the moment he turned professional, center Sasha Kaun and CSKA Moscow have been a match made in basketball heaven. Whenever Kaun has manned the paint – which, since 2008, has been every season except one that he missed due to injury – CSKA has reached the Final Four. In the same span of time, Kaun has become the competition's runaway record-holder in shooting percentage, which is to say he's the surest finisher of shots in Euroleague history. Now, in their sixth Final Four together, Kaun aims to cap his efforts on behalf of CSKA by taking home his first Euroleague trophy.
No player has worn CSKA's red-and-blue jersey in the Euroleague more often than Kaun's 140 games since he arrived to the club in 2008. Just as CSKA has been synonymous with success on the court, Euroleague fans have grown accustomed to seeing Kaun's consistency as a shot-blocking defensive anchor and a rim-rocking dunker. Dominating inside with his size, strength and athleticism, Kaun needed less than six full seasons in the Euroleague to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocked shots. Only five other Euroleague players attained all three of those milestones over the same six seasons.
Perhaps no player has come closer than Kaun to a Euroleague title without winning it. In his previous five trips to the Final Four, Kaun twice made it to the championship game, both times coming within a single shot of the trophy. As Kaun travels to Madrid boasting a career-best season in points scored and rebounds, his goal this time around is for CSKA to be at least one shot better than before and to celebrate its third Euroleague crown this century!