All-Decade Nominee: Sergio Llull

Nov 20, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print

His miraculous shots, relentless motor and winning determination have made Sergio Llull a legend for both Real Madrid fans and basketball lovers in general. Llull joined Real in 2007 and has been central to its reemergence this decade to reach seven Final Fours, advance to four championship games and lift two Turkish Airlines EuroLeague trophies – all since 2011, marking one of the great eras of the most-crowned club in Europe.

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Llull became a full-time starter and made the All-EuroLeague Second Team in the 2010-11 season, in which Real reached its first Final Four this century. By 2013, they went all the way to the title game but lost, a result that was repeated in overtime the next year. Llull and Madrid erased the runner-up label in 2015 on their home court as he averaged 12 points and 6.5 assists at the Final Four to end Real's 20-year wait to stand atop the EuroLeague.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS

  • EuroLeague Champion 2015, 2018
  • EuroLeague MVP 2016-17
  • All-EuroLeague First Team 2016-17
  • All-EuroLeague Second Team 2010-11
  • Euroleague April MVP 2012-13
  • EuroLeague November MVP 2016-17
  • Final Four, Semifinal All-time Single Game Record Assist (9)

The next season, Llull was voted the 2016-17 EuroLeague MVP while setting club records for most points (543) and assists (194) in a season. In 2018, he came back from a long-term knee injury in time to score 16 points in the semifinals en route to Real's second EuroLeague title in four years. A natural-born winner – not to mention a reigning world champion with Spain – Llull personifies basketball at its passionate best.