All-Decade Nominee: Vassilis Spanoulis

Dec 25, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print

Without the slightest shadow of a doubt, singular guard Vassilis Spanoulis is one of the biggest stars in Turkish Airlines EuroLeague history. Already a continental champion and Final Four MVP when the decade dawned, Spanoulis joined Olympiacos Piraeus in the summer of 2010 and led it to the only back-to-back EuroLeague titles this decade, which he stands to end as the competition's top scorer ever.

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In 2012, Spanoulis led Olympiacos to its first EuroLeague title in 15 years by scoring 15 points in the championship game against CSKA and making the decade's most iconic play; a bounce pass for the game-winner by Georgios Printezis on the season's last shot after a 19-point comeback over the game's last 12 minutes. Spanoulis earned the Final Four MVP award again, but he was just getting started. After being voted the 2012-13 EuroLeague MVP, as well, the next year, he proved it by scoring all his 22 points after halftime as Olympiacos rallied from 17 behind to vanquish Real Madrid and become just the second team this century to defend the EuroLeague trophy. His third Final Four MVP trophy in as many title-game victories remains unprecedented.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS

  • EuroLeague Champion 2009, 2011, 2012
  • EuroLeague MVP, 2012-13
  • All-EuroLeague First Team, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2014-15
  • All-EuroLeague Second Team, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2013-14 and 2017-18
  • All-time EuroLeague leader: PIR, assists, free throws made
  • EuroLeague February 2012 MVP
  • EuroLeague November 2013 MVP
  • EuroLeague October 2014 MVP

Spanoulis played but lost two other championship games, in 2015 and 2017, and by decade's end had been voted to All-EuroLeague teams a record eight times. Even before he becomes the EuroLeague's all-time scoring king, Spanoulis is already the career leader in assists, free throws made and performance index rating, and ranks second in three-pointers made. Above all, Spanoulis has defined success at the highest level of the sport, stamping his legendary status forever.