All-Decade Nominee: Andres Nocioni

Dec 24, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print

One of the best players ever from the basketball hotbed of Argentina, forward Andres Nocioni offered pure character, determination and strength every time he stepped on the court. Nocioni starred in the EuroLeague in the early 2000s and returned almost a decade later to lead his old team, Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, to the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs.

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Nocioni topped off his last season with Baskonia by scoring 37 points in his final EuroLeague game for that team before he joined Real Madrid to start the 2014-15 season. He promptly gave Los Blancos the experience and energy they needed to win their first EuroLeague title in 20 years. In that season's Final Four in the Spanish capital, Nocioni had 12 points and 6 rebounds in a semifinal win over Fenerbahce Istanbul. His almost identical numbers in the championship game against Olympiacos Piraeus – 12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks – came with so many timely plays that he was voted the Final Four MVP at age 35, the oldest player ever so honored.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS

  • EuroLeague Champion, 2015
  • Final Four MVP, 2015

Nocioni would play two more seasons with Real before retiring in 2017. At that time, he was one of just two players in EuroLeague history to have made more than 175 three-pointers and blocked more than 100 shots in his career. What fans will remember most, however – his iron will and intensity – can't be measured in statistics.