All-Decade Nominee: Sonny Weems

Nov 11, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print

Athletic, smooth and super-skilled, Sonny Weems was among the most dynamic small forwards in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague this decade. Between 2011 and 2018, Weems played for four EuroLeague teams: Zalgiris Kaunas, CSKA Moscow, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv and Anadolu Efes Istanbul. He led teams in scoring in three of six his EuroLeague seasons and appeared in three Final Fours, as well.

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After a spectacular EuroLeague debut with Zalgiris, where he averaged a team-high 15.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in the 2011-12 season, Weems joined CSKA for three seasons. He was named the EuroLeague's MVP for October of 2012, his very first month with CSKA, and was the team's top scorer that season and the next. Weems and CSKA reached Final Fours every season together, but could not get to the championship game, losing semifinals to Olympiacos in 2013 and 2015, and to Maccabi in 2014.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS

  • All-EuroLeague First Team 2013-14
  • EuroLeague October MVP 2012-13

His consistently strong efforts earned Weems inclusion in the 2013-14 All-EuroLeague First Team. After stints with Maccabi and Efes, his 13.2 points over 123 EuroLeague games was the eighth-highest scoring average for the decade. Most of his 1,624 total points came with the bonus that Weems delighted fans all over Europe with his silky moves and thrilling dunks. Few players were as fun to watch, in this or any decade.