10 “Champs” who never got to be Champions

16/Feb/18 11:38 February 16, 2018

John Rammas

16/Feb/18 11:38


The history of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague is full of superstars, many of whom claimed their right to the ultimate title, but many others couldn’t. Eurohoops presents the players about whom you say: “He should have won the EuroLeague!” Distinguished readers, unfortunately, they did not…

By M. Bahadır Akgün & Semih Tuna / info@eurohoops.net

The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague has been the leading basketball competition on the Old Continent for quite a while and has seen many superstars come and go. The EuroLeague has been the stage on which great players such as Anthony Parker, Nikola Vujcic, Sarunas Jasikevicius, Dejan Bodiroga, Vassilis Spanoulis and Dimitris Diamantidis have performed their art. Those players all managed to bring home championships, even though the competition for the title was always tough.

Unfortunately, there are scores of great players who never got to hold the biggest basketball trophy in Europe, though that hasn’t affected their superstar status. However, the fact that they were never EuroLeague champions cannot change since they have now retired from playing professional basketball. They were not champs on paper, but they are champs in our minds and hearts. Those greats deserve to be remembered by real EuroLeague fans.

At Eurohoops, we decided to take a look at the dusty pages of history and uncover those great names with enormous respect. Distinguished readers, here we are: 10 great players who never experienced the unique taste of being a EuroLeague champion.