All-Decade Nominee: Dimitris Diamantidis

Nov 21, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print

The ultimate two-way player, Dimitris Diamantidis changed games with his unparalleled defensive excellence and dominated entire seasons with a basketball IQ and court sense that were second to none. Arguably the biggest star of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague at the start of the 2010s, Diamantidis soon led Panathinaikos Athens to its sixth continental title in unprecedented fashion.

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In the 2010-11 season, Diamantidis made history as the only player ever to become EuroLeague MVP, Final Four MVP and Best Defender Trophy winner in the same season. It was his third EuroLeague title with Panathinaikos, his second Final Four MVP award in three years, and his sixth Best Defender Trophy in that award's seven-year history until then. To finish off a perfect season, Diamantidis was unstoppable in the 2011 EuroLeague Championship Game against Maccabi Tel Aviv, piling up 16 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds and a game-high performance index rating of 24.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS

  • EuroLeague Champion 2007, 2009, 2011
  • Final Four MVP 2007, 2011
  • EuroLeague MVP 2010-11
  • All-EuroLeague First Team 2006-07, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13
  • Best Defender 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
  • EuroLeague February MVP 2010-11
  • EuroLeague March/April MVP 2011-12
  • Championship Game, Single Game Record Assist (9)
  • Final Four All-Time Leader Average Assits (4.6), Steals (1.8)
  • EuroLeague All-Time Leader Steals (434)
  • Led the EuroLeague in assists 2010-11 (6.23), 2013-14 (6.21)
  • Led the EuroLeague in steals 2011-12 (1.48)

Diamantidis played five more seasons with Panathinaikos, reaching another Final Four in 2012, but in the semifinals, CSKA Moscow stood in the Greens' way. He earned All-EuroLeague First Team honors in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and was MVP of the Month in February 2011 and in March/April 2012. Diamantidis ranks third in average assists this decade with 5.4 per game, sixth in steals (1.3), and first among playmakers in total blocks (46). Panathinaikos retired his #13 jersey at the end of his career and Diamantidis was named Euroleague Basketball Legend in 2016 – because nobody did it better at both ends of the floor.