Giannis is Eurohoops European player of the year!

17/Feb/17 10:23 February 17, 2017

Aris Barkas

17/Feb/17 10:23

Eurohoops.net

With FIBA Europe not presenting anymore the European player of the year award, Eurohoops decided to hand its own award after a fans and editors voting

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

As we found out, it was not an easy task. The fans voting was heavily based in their club affiliation or their nationality so a vote by “experts” was more than needed.

With one of the Eurohoops most followed editions being the Greek one it’s not a surprise that Giannis Antetokounmpo got the lead with 22.939 votes, but the same happened due to the Turkish version and Fenerbahce’s fans who voted for Bogdan Bogdanovic (13.721). Milos Teodosic of CSKA Moscow was third (2.897), Nando De Colo fourth (784) and Nikola Jokic fifth (530).

On the other hand, none of the editorial teams of Eurohoops’ six editions voted for Bogdanovic as you can see in the presentation of our voting, while Pau Gasol, Kristaps Porzingis and Rudy Gobert also got into the mix.

At the end the result is simple: the Greek freak Giannis Antetokounmpo thanks to the fans vote and also by being the top choice for four of our editions and second for two of them got top honors as the Eurohoops European player of the year for 2016. The winner of the “Gazzetta Dello Sport” award Milos Teodosic, being third in the fans voting, the top choice for two of our editions and second for three more, got second place, while French Nando De Colo, fourth in the fans voting, second in two of our editions’ voting and third in three more, got third place, followed by the Spanish icon Pau Gasol. Latvian Kristaps Porzingis and Serb Nikola Jokic also got votes, while French Rudy Gobert deserves more than a mention.

Pau Gasol led Spain to a bronze Olympic medal. Nando De Colo won everything in Europe, being the EuroLeague MVP, he was the best French player of 2016, but failed to achieve something big in Rio. Milos Teodosic won – alongside De Colo – all possible titles in Europe with CSKA Moscow, while leading Serbia to a silver medal. However, Giannis Antetokounmpo since his move to the point guard position after the 2016 NBA All Star Game, emerged during 2016 as one of the top players in the world and became the youngest international starter in an NBA All Star Game. It’s something unique and should be judged like that.

Εurohoops English edition vote
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
2. Milos Teodosic
3. Pau Gasol
4. Nando De Colo
5. Kristaps Porzingis

It goes without saying that what Giannis Antetokoumpo has accomplished in his 22 years of age, very few other players did in the past. Antetokounmpo is already one of the main faces of the NBA in a degree that only Nowitzki had achieved in the past. Milos Teodosic won everything with CSKA Moscow, plus he led Serbia to an Olympic Silver medal. The bronze Olympic medal is also what puts Gasol in the 3rd place. Nando De Colo was the MVP in Europe, the best French player of last year, but failed to make a splash in Rio. And Porzingis is a unicorn…

Eurohoops Turkish edition vote
1. Milos Teodosic
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo
3. Nando De Colo
4. Kristaps Porzingis
5. Rudy Gobert

Teodosic achieved everything in club level but also his Olympics’ performance has a huge effect in our vote. Giannis is one of the brightest stars in NBA. So does Porzingis but Giannis is one step in front of him because he is the leader of his team. De Colo was the king of European club level competition with two MVP awards. As for Gobert is becoming one of the best defensive big men in the NBA.

Eurohoops Greek edition vote
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
2. Milos Teodosic
3. Nando De Colo
4. Pau Gasol
5. Kristaps Porzingis

Giannis Antetokounmpo, the leader of the Milwaukee Bucks, a starter in the All Star Game with an extention worth 100 millions is our top pick. The battle with Teodosic was really close (in total ten editors voted) but the Serb magician who was the EuroLeague champ and the silver medal winner in Rio got the second place, over his teammate in CSKA Moscow Nando De Colo and also the duo of Pau Gasol and Kristaps Porzingis.

Eurohoops Russian edition vote
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
2. Nando De Colo
3. Nikola Jokic
4. Kristaps Porzingis
5. Milos Teodosic

It’s hard to compare European players from NBA and Euroleague, but for me Giannis and Nando both had tremendous season in their leagues and carried the load for their teams greatly. Giannis re-invented his position, De Colo amazed with consistency. Jokic and Porzingis progressed a lot last season, all had fantastic flashes and great future ahead of them. And Milos – the artist of European game who makes it bright and exciting.

Εurohoops Spanish edition vote
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
2. Nando De Colo
3. Pau Gasol
4. Milos Teodosic
5. Kristaps Porzingis

Giannis emerged as a true superstar of the NBA and that was proven by him being an All Star Starter. Nando De Colo, after his first steps in Spain and his tenure in the NBA emerged more mature than ever in the European level, taking every possible MVP award. Pau Gasol is a unique case, an icon, who led the Spanish national team to a bronze Olympic medal. Teodosic’s case is similar with him being a winner both in EuroLeague with CSKA and also with Serbia and a silver medal. Last but not least, Porzingis proved that Liga Endesa continues to be the place in which European players can get as NBA reasy as possible.

Eurohoops German edition vote
1 Milos Teodosic
2 Giannis Antetokounmpo
3 Nando De Colo
4 Kristaps Porzingis
5 Nikola Jokic

The Serbian floor-general Milos Teodosic earned him self the first place, by leading his club CSKA Moscow to the Euroleague-title in Berlin, as well as the Serbian national team to a silver medal in Rio. The Greek sensation Giannis Antetokounmpo comes in second. He scored 16,9 per game last year and lifted his performance, this season to an other level. Nando De Colo takes the third place. The French guard was named the Euroleague MVP of the past season and led Moscow to the promise land. The fourth spot was earned by Knicks sensation Kristaps Porzingis. The big-men moved up from 14,3 to 18,5 point per game and showed, why New York drafted him with the fourth pick. The final place goes to Nikola Jokic. The center took the league by storm with his ball-handling and his assists.

And here’s the fans vote

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