By Stelios Toromandis/ email@example.com
Which are the individual records that were “broken” in this season’s Euroleague and which are… on the brink of being history? Which players will remember this season for many years with great pride because of their accomplishments? Eurohoops has the answers.
The sun will soon set in another Euroleague season.The only thing that remains is the grand appointment in Berlin (13-15/05) where we will find which among CSKA Moscow, Fenerbahce, Laboral Kutxa and Lokomotiv Kuban will be the new European champion.
Until we reach the end of the road to the German capital, we have gone through seven months in which 478 games have taken place, with 24 clubs and the participation of 359 players. Some of them stood out because… they broke, or are quite close in doing so, the top individual single-season records in twelve different statistical categories.
So let’s focus on each one of these categories, pointing out the new recordmen, the players who are on the brink the top, as also the ones that were dethroned.
Marjanovic and the three suitors
The former star of Crvena Zvezda, Boban Marjanovic, completed an exceptional season last year, which brought him at the top of the list of the most points gathered in the index rating system in a single season. The Serbian center reached a number of 616 in 24 games! But he shouldn’t feel quite… comfortable because with only two games remaining, three of his peers who will play in the upcoming Final Four, will have the chance to surpass his record. The one with the greater chances is Nando De Colo, of CSKA Moscow who is only 16 points behing (600), while Giannis Bourousis (Laboral Kutxa) and Malcolm Delaney (Lokomotiv Kuban) have a more difficult task ahead of them since they are in the fourth and fith place with 580 and 561 points, respectively. Of course, Marjanovic’s average number was far greater, since he managed to reach the afformentioned impressive number without even playing in the playoffs…
|1||Boban Marjanovic||2014-15||Crvena Zvezda||616|
|2||Nando De Colo||2015-16||CSKA Moscow||600|
|3||Anthony Parker||2004-05||Maccabi Tel Aviv||597|
|4||Giannis Bourousis||2015-16||Laboral Kutxa||580|
|5||Malcolm Delaney||2015-16||Lokomotiv Kuban||561|
A Frenchman threatens the record of the late Ford
An incredible scores who “left” us in 2004, in only 33 years of age, holds the record of accumulated points scored in a single season (495) for 15 years! Of course we are talking about Alphonso Ford who achieved this record in only 20 games, competing with the jersey of Olympiacos, in 2001/2002. Last year, American player Andrew Goudelock came close to reaching the top but failed for only two points. This season, everything shows that the first scorer of the competition, Nando De Colo, who will also receive the related “Alphonso Ford award”, will break this achievement, but by playing in seven games more. What he needs is 23 points in the two remaining games. From the fourth position Malcolm Delaney also has some chances, albeit fewer.
|3||Nando De Colo||2015-16||CSKA Moscow||473|
|4||Malcolm Delaney||2015-16||Lokomotiv Kuban||457|
Giannis Bourousis controls air traffic
Giannis Bourousis is having the best season of his career, averaging 14.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in 27 game so far and he is close on making it to the top of two categories. More specifically, he needs 18 rebounds to become the first in accumulated rebounds, surpassing the 256 with which Boban Marjanovic finished last season. Moreover, by grabbing two more defensive rebounds, he will climb to the top of the related list ahead of the first, so far, Nemanja Bjelica. Will he make it?
|1||Boban Marjanovic||2014-15||Crvena Zvezda||256|
|4||Giannis Bourousis||2015-16||Laboral Kutxa||239|
|Position||Player||Season||Team||Total Defensive rebounds|
|2||Giannis Bourousis||2015-16||Laboral Kutxa||191|
Thomas Heurtel’s ability in creating shots is indisputable and this year he made sure to show it in an emphatic manner. In 24 games with the jersey of Anadolu Efes he managed to dish 190 assists, which are translated into 7,92 per game, registering the best record in a single season, as also the best single-season achievement when it comes to average number of assists, in the history of Euroleague. It is obvious that if he continues playing in the competition during the upcoming years, he will have the chance to sit on the… throne of the best passer of all times in Euroleague.
|1||Thomas Heurtel||2015-16||Anadolu Efes||190|
Average number of assists
|Position||Player||Season||Team||Average assists number|
|1||Thomas Heurtel||2015-16||Anadolu Efes||7,92|
Udoh saying “no”
Ekpe Udoh came to Fenerbahce from the NBA and wants to win the Euroleague. He introduced himself in the competition as a remarkable center with a…. specialty in blocks. He is already in the first place among the top blockers in a single-season, with 53, surpassing Stephane Lasme and Shawn James who had 52 blocks each in the 2012/2013 season. Of course, he will have the chance to increase the difference with the rest of the players in the related list, in the upcoming Final Four.
|2||Shawn James||2012-13||Maccabi Tel Aviv||52|
Category: Fouls won
Delaney creating contact
Some players have a specialty in withstanding the physical fights and the best in the whole season is now Malcolm Delaney. The combo guard of Lokomotiv Kuban has received 187 fouls in the current season of the competition, greatly surpassing Vassilis Spanoulis, who used to be at the top with the 169 fouls he won in the 2012-2013 season. Delaney’s achievement becomes even greater if we take into account that he surpassed the second best player of all times in that department, since V-Span has won 1093 fouls in his career. The first one is Juan Carlos Navarro with 1131 fouls.
|Position||Player||Season||Team||Total fouls won|
|1||Malcolm Delaney||2015-16||Lokomotiv Kuban||187|
Category: Free throws made – Free throws attempts
Easy money from the line for Delaney!
It is well known that the own who gets… “beaten up” more, goes to the free throw line more often. That is why Malcolm Delaney dominates in that department as well. He needs to make five free throws more in order to surpass the record man of the related category, Milos Vujanicand only six free throw attempts in order to dethrone the Euroleague legend, Dejan Bodiroga.
Free throws made
|Position||Player||Season||Team||Total number of f.t made|
|1||Milos Vujanic||2002-03||Partizan Belgrade||135 (135/160)|
|2||Malcolm Delaney||2015-16||Lokomotiv Kuban||131 (131/156)|
Free throw attempts
|Position||Player||Season||Team||Accumulated f.t. attempts|
|1||Dejan Bodiroga||2001-02||Panathinaikos||162 129/162|
|2||Milos Vujanic||2002-03||Partizan Belgrade||160 (135/160)|
|3||Malcolm Delaney||2015-16||Lokomotiv Kuban||156 (131/156)|
|3||Keith Langford||2013-14||Olimpia Armani Milano||156 (119/156)|
|3||Vassilis Spanoulis||2012-13||Olympiacos||156 (122/156)|
Category: Tree-pointers made
Milos the bomber!
One of the most spectacular players that have ever stepped on the floor of Euroleague courts, is one step closer to the top of the list of the players with the most three-pointers made during a single-season of the competition. We are talking about Milos Teodosic who has thrown the ball in from behind the arc 72 times in this season. He needs only three more to surpass Justin Dentmon, while Malcolm Delaney and Darius Adams are… lurking from close distance.
|1||Justin Dentmon||2013-14||Zalgiris Kaunas||74 (74/167)|
|2||Milos Teodosic||2015-16||CSKA Moscow||72 (72/170)|
|11||Malcolm Delaney||2015-16||Lokomotiv Kuban||62 (62/159)|
|14||Darius Adams||2015-16||Laboral Kutxa||60 (60/182)|
Category: Accumulated three-point attempts
The hot hand!
His name is Darius Adams, he is playing for Laboral Kutxa and this season… he is firing faster than his shadow! As a result, he has climbed in the top place of the players with the most three-point attempts. The only one to… dispute him, without many chances though, is Milos Teodosic who has shot 12 three-pointers less.
|Position||Player||Season||Team||Three pointers attempted|
|1||Darius Adams||2015-16||Laboral Kutxa||182 (60/182)|
|2||Charles Smith||2004-05||Scavolini Pesaro||181 (70/181)|
|3||Terel McIntire||2007-08||Siena||176 (71/176)|
|4||Milos Teodosic||2014-15||CSKA Moscow||173 (70/173)|
|5||Milos Teodosic||2015-16||CSKA Moscow||170 (72/170)|
Category: Playing time
The enduring American
Malcolm Delaney appears to be tireless, since in an age when basketball is performed in extremely high speed, he stays on court for 33’18” per game. If we multiply that with the 29 games in which he has participated, we have 965’51” presence in this season’s competition, something that is a record. This is the seventh category in which he is either on top or has good chances of climbing up there. Something that shows the great season he is having.
|1||Malcolm Delaney||2015-16||Lokomotiv Kuban||965’51”|