May 18, 2019 by Print

Efes ranked 16th and last in the 2017-18 Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season wit ha 7-23 record? It can do from worst to first!

...head coach Ergin Ataman is set to play his first EuroLeague Championship Game? He had lost two semifinals with Efes in 2000 and Montepaschi Siena in 2003.

...Ataman can become the third coach to win both the EuroLeague and EuroCup titles? Dusan Ivkovic (Olympiacos 1997, 2012; Dynamo Moscow 2006) and David Blatt (Maccabi Tel Aviv 2014, Darussafaka Istanbul 2018) are the only coaches to have won both titles. Ataman led Galatasaray Istanbul to the EuroCup title in 2016.

...Ataman has won three different European competitions in the past? Ataman won the 2002 Saporta Cup with Montepaschi, took the 2012 FIBA EuroChallenge with Besiktas Istanbul and lifted the 2016 EuroCup trophy with Galatasaray in 2016. Only Dusan Ivkovic (EuroLeague, ULEB Cup, Saporta, Korac) and Aito Garcia Reneses (ULEB Cup, Saporta, Korac, FIBA Eurocup) have won four different European competitions.

...Brock Motum can become the fourth Australian player to win the Euroleague? Joe Ingles (Maccabi 2014), Aleks Maric (Panathinaikos 2011) and David Andersen (Kinder Bologna 2001, CSKA 2006, 2008) are the only Australians to have won the EuroLeague before.

Tibor Pleiss can become the fourth German player to win the EuroLeague? The late Chris Welp (Olympiacos 1997), Michael Koch (Panathinaikos 2000) and Patrick Femerling (FC Barceona 2003) are the only Germans to have won the EuroLeague before.

...Dunston ranks third in blocks in the EuroLeague this season with 1.2 blocks per game? Walter Tavares of Real Madrid leads the standings at 1.7 per night. Dunston has blocked 230 shots during his EuroLeague career, which ranks second all-time behind only Fran Vazquez (249 blocks).

...Moerman ranks second in defensive rebounds this season (4.88 drpg.)? He trails only Will Clyburn of CSKA Moscow (5.2 drpg.). Moerman ranks sixth in total rebounds (6.17 rpg.).

...Micic ranks third in assists this season at 5.5 per game? Nick Calathes of Panathinaikos OPAP Athens (8.7 apg.) and Mike James of AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan (6.4 apg.) are ahead of him.

... Pleiss ranks sixth in two-point shooting percentage? Pleiss has made 117 of 171 two-point shots (68.4%). Walter Tavares leads the charts at 79.2% (103 of 130).

...Pleiss is seventh in PIR per 40 minutes with an average of 27.6? He is also the fourth-best per-minute scorer in the competition with an average of 23.72 points prorated over 40 minutes.

...Efes enters the Championship Game with a team PIR of 100.7, which is 11th-best in competition history? It shatters the club's previous record of 93.5 in the 2015-16 season.

...Efes ranks second in the league in assists this season (19.4 apg.) and fourth in blocks (2.97 bpg.)?

...Efes is first in two-point (58.7%) and second in three-point (40.7%) shooting percentage? Fenerbahce ranks first in three-point shooting percentage (43.0% 3FG).

...Efes has the best assist-to-turnover ratio in the competition with 1.71 assists per turnover? It is a club record and the fourth-best mark in competition history. Real Madrid owns the first (2.25, 2014-15), second (1.74, 2013-14) and third-best marks (1.72, 2018-19).