Records are meant to be broken and last season many teams and players in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague did just that. During the regular season, in the playoffs, and at the Final Four, there were a series of new marks set; some for a single game, others over the course of the season and a few on the all-time charts, too.
Some of those records replaced long-standing ones and might stand alone among the best accomplishments for a while. One such feat was Panathinaikos OPAP Athens playmaker Nick Calathes improving on his single-season assists record of 249 and average of 8.03, which he pushed to 286 total assists and an average of 8.67. Center Vincent Poirier of KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz pulled down 117 offensive rebounds, blowing past the previous best of 100 set by Bryant Dunston.
Efes made the most three-pointers ever in a single-season, 385, which is 35 more than the previous best by Real Madrid three seasons ago. Interestingly, Real also topped the previous record with 360 triples this season and Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul made 350 threes, which would have matched the previous record, but was only the third-best mark this season. Efes also knocked down 63 threes during its five-game EuroLeague Playoffs series against FC Barcelona, shattering the previous playoffs record of 48.
Several players reached big career milestones. Three of them – Sergio Rodriguez of CSKA Moscow, Sergio Llull of Real and Calathes – surpassed 1,000 assists for their EuroLeague career. Meanwhile, Panathinaikos forward James Gist, Barcelona guard Thomas Heurtel, Fenerbahce big man Jan Vesely, Real shooter Jaycee Carroll and CSKA big man Kyle Hines all passed the 2,000-point mark.
At the Final Four, Efes guard Shane Larkin recorded a performance index rating of 43, which was the most in a Final Four game this century. With 30 points in the semifinals against Fenerbahce, Larkin tied Nando De Colo as the only two players to score 30 points in a semifinal game this century.
With all that being said, here are the most impressive feats:
Campazzo dishes it at the Final Four
In the 32 years of the Final Four era, never had a player delivered more than 12 assists in a game. That was until Facundo Campazzo took the court in Vitoria-Gasteiz for the third place game against Fenerbahce and went on to serve 15 dishes to set a Final Four record. He accumulated 21 assists over the weekend, which was also a Final Four record. Campazzo dished his 15th assist of the night with 6 minutes left on the clock and despite playing only 10 minutes in the first half and 26 minutes for the game. Campazzo's 15 assists also became Real's new EuroLeague club record and his personal high. A dazzling performance from the point guard.
Dunston blocks his way up
Entering this season, only one player had 200 or more blocked shots in EuroLeague history, the all-time leader Fran Vazquez with 249. However, three players joined him this season with the same milestone on the all-time charts – Bryant Dunston of Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Kyle Hines and Maccabi FX Tel Aviv’s Alex Tyus. The first to do so was Dunston, who reached that number in Round 10 on the road at KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz. He went on to finish the season with 231 blocks for his career. With 19 more next season, he will take the all-time lead.
New two-point king
One player who did take the all-time lead on the EuroLeague charts was Barcelona center and team captain Ante Tomic. With a shot over Alex Tyus that beat the shot-clock, Tomic became the EuroLeague’s all-time leader in two-point shots made. That was the 950th two-point shot for Tomic’s career. He later became the first to 1,000 two-pointers and finished the season at 1,069 for his career. Tomic will try to build on that record next season.
Unprecedented rain of triples
Buducnost VOLI Podgorica waited 15 years to return to the EuroLeague and then needed seven games to get its first win. But it was a memorable and historic one as Buducnost knocked down 21 three-point shots on 34 attempts, breaking the competition record for three-points made in a game. Two teams had previously made 19 triples: Montepaschi Siena in 2012 and Barcelona in March 2018. Danilo Nikolic had the honor in the penultimate minute of making Buducnost the first team in competition history to sink 20 triples and then Earl Clark hit one in the waning seconds to set the new mark at 21.
A long-awaited triple-double
After flirting with triple-doubles several times in the past few seasons, Nick Calathes finally got what he was due. Calathes posted the EuroLeague’s first triple-double in 12 years in Round 30. In almost 37 minutes on the floor, Calathes amassed 11 points, 18 assists and 12 rebounds to join the great Nikola Vujcic as the only EuroLeague players this century to post triple-doubles. The milestone was reached on Calathes's 10th rebound with 6:13 left in the fourth quarter. In the process, Calathes set a new career-high in assists and came just one shy of the EuroLeague single-game record of 19, set by Stefan Jovic with Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade in November 2015.