With 22 games played and still eight to go in the regular season – plus the playoffs and Final Four to follow – several players and teams are close to setting new Turkish Airlines EuroLeague records. The marks they are aiming for cover all types, from single-season averages to career totals and everything in between. What unites all of them is a search for excellence that shows how the protagonists of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague continue going for greatness season after season!
Performance Index Rating
- Real Madrid wunderkind Luka Doncic is on pace to set the single-season record for performance index rating points. He has 535 through 22 games. CSKA Moscow's Nando De Colo set the record with 656 in 27 games two years ago in his MVP season. If he averages 15.2 over the eight remaining regular season games – or even 11.0 with three playoff appearances, should Madrid qualify – Doncic will take the record.
- Doncic's average index rating of 24.3 is the third-highest ever among players with a minimum of 20 appearances, but he will have to raise it to surpass the top two: Maccabi Tel Aviv legend Anthony Parker (24.9 in 2004-05) and Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade center Boban Marjanovic (25.7 in 2014-15).
- Doncic is also in the record hunt for best per-minute index rating. His average of 37.3 prorated over 40 minutes trails only Marjanovic's 37.6. In third place is Hall of Fame center Arvydas Sabonis of Zalgiris Kaunas (37.2 in 2003-04).
- Khimki Moscow Region guard Alex Shved leads the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague with 22.0 points per game this season. That number is tied for eighth all-time, but is the most ever by a player with more than 20 games played, just above Keith Langford's 21.75 scored over 28 games for UNICS Kazan last season.
- Shved has scored 484 points so far and if he averages 15.7 points without missing a game the rest of the season – or even less if Khimki reaches the playoffs – he will pass Langford's total (609) for most points scored in a single season.
- Zalgiris Kaunas captain Paulius Jankunas needs 15 more rebounds to overtake Ioannis Bourousis for the most defensive rebounds in competition history. Bourousis hauled in 1,164 boards during his standout career. Jankunas is averaging 3.8 defensive rebounds per game this season, which puts him on pace to take the record in Round 26.
- Playmaker Nick Calathes of Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens is dishing 8.5 assists per game, on pace to post the highest single-season average in competition history, over Thomas Heurtel's current record of 7.9 for Anadolu Efes Istanbul in 2015-16.
- Calathes has 161 assists so far, and needs just 41 more to become the single-season record-holder. That distinction currently belongs to Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos Piraeus, who delivered 201 last season.
- The all-time record for assists could also fall this season. Spanoulis sits at 1,213 to date. The record is 1,255 by Panathinaikos great Dimitris Diamantidis. Based on Spanoulis's average of 5.1 per game this season, he could overtake Diamantidis near the end of the regular season or, should Olympiacos qualify, in the post-season.
- Doncic could also set the EuroLeague record for three throws made in a season, which is 168 by Langford for UNICS last season. Doncic has made 114 so far, which is an average of more than 5 per game and on pace for 155 at the end of the regular season. At that rate, Doncic would take the record in the playoffs.
- Similarly, Doncic has the inside track on Lanford's record of 202 free throw attempts in a season. With 140 attempts thus far, he is on pace for 191 for the regular season alone.
- Shved is knocking on the door for most three-pointers converted in a single season. He has downed 72 triples with eight regular season games remaining and Sergio Rodriguez of CSKA Moscow is not far behind with 64. Ali Muhammed set the record with 78 for Fenerbahce Istanbul last season.
- Shved's average of 3.27 three-pointers per game is third-best in competition history at the moment. Charles Smith set the standard at 3.5 for Scavolini Pesaro in 2004-05, which is the season he won the first Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy.
- Two players have a shot at the record for most two-pointers in a single season, which Real Madrid's Gustavo Ayon set at 160 last season. Jan Vesely of Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul has made 111 baskets and is on pace for 153 by the end of the regular season. Toko Shengelia of Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz has netted 108 and is on pace for 147. Both could threaten the record should their teams play in the post-season.
- CSKA is scoring 89.7 points per game, which is the fourth-best team average all-time. To have a chance at the single-season record, which Maccabi holds at 92.04 points from the 2004-05 season, CSKA would need to average at least 98.5 for the rest of the season. However, after scoring 1,973 points to date this season, and with a lengthy playoff series and/or a Final Four run, CSKA could eclipse Real Madrid's single-season record of 3,070 total points scored from last season.
- Valencia Basket is making 83.66% of its attempts from the foul line this season and on pace to become the most accurate free-throw shooting team in competition history. The previous best was 82.64% by KK Zagreb in 2011-12.
- CSKA is on pace to achieve the second most accurate three-point shooting in competition history at (43.29%). The record is 45.38% by Partizan Belgrade in 2001-02.
- Real Madrid set the record for three-pointers made last season with 350 and is averaging 10.1 per game this season. At that pace, with 222 already made, Los Blancos could beat their own record if they have a lengthy playoff series and/or a Final Four run.
- Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv is averaging 3.91 blocked shots per game this season. That puts it on pace for 117 blocks by the end of the regular season. If Maccabi were to then reach the playoffs, it would have a good chance at surpassing the single-season record for most blocks, which is 125 by CSKA in 2014-15.