Sergio Rodriguez has long held a special place in the history of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. The two-time EuroLeague champion and 2014 EuroLeague MVP joined another exclusive club in AX Armani Exchange Milan’s latest victory.
With 94 seconds left in Milan's 87-68 win over Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv, "Chacho" came off a screen and nailed a three-pointer over Othello Hunter to become a member of the EuroLeague's 3,000-point club. He finished the game with 3,002 points.
"I feel like I've been playing for a long time. I still enjoy this like it's the first day. I'm happy to be on this team and have the teammates I have, the club, the coaches. It's a great journey for me," said the 34-year-old.
Already among EuroLeague royalty, Rodriguez now joins Vassilis Spanoulis, Juan Carlos Navarro, Georgios Printezis, Nando de Colo, Sergio Llull, Paulius Jankunas and Felipe Reyes as only the eighth player to tally 3,000 points. Rodriguez has done it having played for Estudiantes Madrid, Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow and now Milan. He is averaging 10.6 points in his 282 games in his career.
That late-game three-pointer was historic for another reason as it was Rodriguez's 471st in his career, pulling him even with Milos Teodosic for fifth place on the all-time charts. Rodriguez trails only Navarro, Spanoulis, Rudy Fernandez and Llull on that list.
Rodriguez may be turning 35 in the off-season, but his three-point shooting accuracy is still there. He has connected on 36-of-94 three-pointers for a 38.3%. That is up from the 37.4% he shot last season and not far off his 40.0% career clip. He’s still averaging 1.8 three-pointers per game.
Not to be lost in the celebrations is that Milan won in no small part thanks to Rodriguez's 10 points and 9 assists – without a single turnover! With 1,333 career assists, he sits third on the all-time charts with 1,333. Rodriguez has scored in double figures in four straight games and has not recorded even a single turnover in his last two. Milan is flying high and Rodriguez has the skill and experience to help the Italian giants make this a special season.