All-Decade Nominee: Pero Antic

Dec 18, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print

He played just five Turkish Airlines EuroLeague seasons this decade, but no one maximized his time in the competition quite like Pero Antic, one of just four players to win three or more continental titles in the 2010s. A timely shooter and on-court leader like few others, Antic was one of the most charismatic players in competition history.

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In 2011, Antic returned to the EuroLeague after six years and made an immediate impact by helping Olympiacos win its first EuroLeague title in 15 years. A year later, he and the Reds defended that title in London as the only back-to-back EuroLeague winners of the decade. Antic scored 13 points in the semifinal against CSKA Moscow and posted 10 points and 6 rebounds in the championship game against Real Madrid. His step-back three-pointer to open the second quarter and ignite the Reds' comeback from 17 points behind is among the most iconic plays for Olympiacos fans.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS

  • EuroLeague Champion: 2012, 2013, 2017

Antic returned to the EuroLeague in 2015 and helped Fenerbahce Istanbul reach title games in both of his seasons with the club. His 16 points in the 2016 final could not prevent CSKA from lifting the trophy in overtime. But in 2017, Fenerbahce downed Olympiacos in dominant fashion, letting Antic memorably celebrate his third trophy by cutting teammate Gigi Datome's ponytail on-court. After a solid season with Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade, Antic retired from basketball in 2018.