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The 2000–01 Euroleague was the inaugural basketball season of the EuroLeague, under the newly formed Euroleague Basketball Company's authority, and it was the 44th season of the premier competition for European men's professional basketball clubs overall. It started on October 16, 2000, with a regular season game between hosts Real Madrid Teka and Olympiacos, which was held at the Raimundo Saporta Pavilion, in Madrid, Spain,[1] and it ended with the last championship finals game on May 10, 2001, which was held at the PalaMalaguti arena, in Bologna, Italy.

Euroleague
Competition details
Season 2000–01
Teams 24
Final positions
Champions Italy Kinder Bologna
(2nd title)
Runners-up Spain Tau Cerámica
Awards
Finals MVP Argentina Manu Ginóbili
Regular Season MVP Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Tomašević
Statistical leaders
Index Rating Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Tomašević
30.9
Points United States Alphonso Ford
26.0
Rebounds Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dejan Tomašević
11.5
Assists Croatia Ivica Marić
5.9

This season did not feature all of the top-tier level European club basketball teams, as some of them opted to compete in the 2000–01 FIBA SuproLeague competition instead, after the row erupted between the previous EuroLeague governing body, FIBA, and the newly established Euroleague Basketball Company.

A total of 24 teams competed for the EuroLeague title, which was in the end won by Kinder Bologna. Dejan Tomašević was the EuroLeague Regular season MVP, and Manu Ginóbili was the EuroLeague Finals MVP.

European Champions' Cup teams dividedEdit

The EuroLeague (or historically called, the FIBA European Champions' Cup) was originally established by FIBA, and it operated under its umbrella from 1958, until the summer of 2000, concluding with the 1999–2000 season. That was when Euroleague Basketball Company was created.

Because FIBA had never trademarked the "EuroLeague" name, and Euroleague Basketball simply used it without any legal ramifications, because FIBA had no legal recourse to prevent it, so they had to find a new name for their league. Thus, the following 2000–01 season started with 2 separate top European professional club basketball competitions: the FIBA SuproLeague (previously known as the FIBA EuroLeague) and the brand new 2000–01 Euroleague season.

The rift in European professional club basketball initially showed no signs of letting up. Top clubs were also split between the two leagues: Panathinaikos, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv, CSKA Moscow, and Efes Pilsen stayed with FIBA, while Olympiacos, Kinder Bologna, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Tau Cerámica, and Benetton Treviso joined Euroleague Basketball.

Team allocationEdit

A total of 24 teams from 14 countries participate in the competition.

DistributionEdit

The table below shows the default access list.

Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
Regular season
(24 teams)
Playoffs
(16 teams)
  • 4 group winners from the regular season
  • 4 group runners-up from the regular season
  • 4 group third-placed teams from the regular season
  • 4 group fourth-placed teams from the regular season

The competition culminated in a best 3 out of 5 playoff series.

TeamsEdit

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round

  • 1st, 2nd, etc.: League position after Playoffs
  • WC: Wild card
Regular season
  Paf Wennington Bologna (1st)   AEK (4th)   Cibona VIP (1st)   Opel Skyliners (3rd)
  Benetton Treviso (2nd)   Peristeri (5th)   Zadar (2nd)   Union Olimpija (3rd)
  Kinder Bologna (3rd)   Real Madrid Teka (1st)   Žalgiris (2nd)   Region Wallone Spirou (4th)
  Müller Verona (4th)   FC Barcelona (2nd)   Budućnost (1st)   Ovarense Aerosoles (1st)
  PAOK (2nd)   Adecco Estudiantes (3rd)   Hapoel Jerusalem (WC)   Lugano Snakes (1st)
  Olympiacos (3rd)   Tau Cerámica (4th)   Saint Petersburg Lions (WC)   Haribo London Towers (1st)

Regular seasonEdit

The first phase was a regular season, in which the competing teams were drawn into four groups, each containing six teams. Each team played every other team in its group at home and away, resulting in 10 games for each team in the first stage. The top 4 teams in each group advanced to the next round, The Top 16. The complete list of tiebreakers is provided in the lead-in to the Regular Season results.

If one or more clubs were level on won-lost record, tiebreakers were applied in the following order:

  1. Head-to-head record in matches between the tied clubs
  2. Overall point difference in games between the tied clubs
  3. Overall point difference in all group matches (first tiebreaker if tied clubs were not in the same group)
  4. Points scored in all group matches
  5. Sum of quotients of points scored and points allowed in each group match

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification   PAF   PER   ZAL   EST   LUG   ZAD
1   Paf Wennington Bologna 10 8 2 812 760 +52 Advance to Playoffs 71–69 91–85 81–72 81–66 81–77
2   Peristeri 10 7 3 841 786 +55 83–70 74–92 91–81 85–68 92–73
3   Žalgiris 10 6 4 866 816 +50 73–56 86–73 77–80 105–89 97–85
4   Adecco Estudiantes 10 4 6 820 821 −1 76–90 86–91 87–77 97–76 93–81
5   Lugano Snakes 10 3 7 777 914 −137 72–100 80–91 95–87 77–76 75–74
6   Zadar 10 2 8 840 859 −19 87–91 79–92 86–87 80–72 118–79
Source: [1]

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification   KIN   AEK   TAU   CIB   SPL   RWC
1   Kinder Bologna 10 9 1 835 734 +101 Advance to Playoffs 81–66 76–73 106–88 84–78 106–87
2   AEK 10 8 2 805 746 +59 78–77 64–52 83–75 84–73 97–73
3   Tau Cerámica 10 6 4 749 700 +49 59–65 85–65 92–66 97–88 76–64
4   Cibona 10 3 7 773 832 −59 69–74 72–81 62–60 75–70 85–70
5   Saint Petersburg Lions 10 2 8 778 840 −62 78–82 69–90 79–81 92–90 83–77
6   Region Wallone Spirou 10 2 8 769 857 −88 58–80 89–97 71–74 100–91 80–68
Source: [2]

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification   OLY   RMB   UOL   BEN   JER   OVA
1   Olympiacos 10 7 3 861 738 +123 Advance to Playoffs 91–84 82–70 82–73 102–69 101–67
2   Real Madrid Teka 10 7 3 859 789 +70 75–73 82–70 64–75 104–64 116–94
3   Union Olimpija 10 7 3 823 752 +71 69–73 88–79 78–74 95–68 102–79
4   Benetton Treviso 10 6 4 847 777 +70 95–87 87–88 69–71 78–71 106–81
5   Hapoel Jerusalem 10 3 7 784 881 −97 83–70 74–87 76–88 79–104 106–71
6   Ovarense Aerosoles 10 0 10 746 983 −237 53–100 73–80 70–92 76–86 82–94
Source: [3]

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification   FCB   PAO   POD   VER   LON   SKY
1   FC Barcelona 10 8 2 856 757 +99 Advance to Playoffs 58–67 92–75 96–84 82–76 86–60
2   PAOK 10 7 3 846 773 +73 91–102 89–72 97–94 70–58 100–70
3   Budućnost 10 7 3 844 819 +25 77–85 83–71 77–73 101–83 79–73
4   Müller Verona 10 6 4 920 854 +66 94–90 102–88 86–91 102–76 90–70
5   Haribo London Towers 10 1 9 775 878 −103 82–97 61–93 88–95 89–98 86–61
6   Opel Skyliners 10 1 9 696 856 −160 51–68 73–80 79–94 80–97 79–76
Source: [4]

PlayoffsEdit

Round of 16Edit

In a best-of-three series the remaining 16 teams were placed against each other. The games were held between the 31st of January and the 14th of February, 2001, with the top 8 teams advancing to the Playoffs.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
Paf Wennington Bologna   2–0   Cibona 76–64 75–74
Kinder Bologna   2–0   Adecco Estudiantes 113–70 85–80
Peristeri   0–2   Tau Cerámica 79–81 68–81
AEK   2–0   Žalgiris 69–60 73–71
Olympiacos   2–0   Müller Verona 94–92 96–84
FC Barcelona   0–2   Benetton Treviso 85–86 82–99
Real Madrid Teka   2–0   Budućnost 91–63 76–62
PAOK   1–2   Union Olimpija 75–64 77–85 69–73

QuarterfinalsEdit

In a best-of-three series the remaining eight teams were placed against each other. The games were held between 21 February and 7 March 2001, with the top 4 teams advancing to the semifinals.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
Paf Wennington Bologna   2–1   Real Madrid Teka 74–68 57–88 88–70
Kinder Bologna   2–0   Union Olimpija 80–79 81–79
Olympiacos   0–2   Tau Cerámica 72–78 76–98
AEK   2–1   Benetton Treviso 97–89 74–90 71–56

SemifinalsEdit

In a best-of-five series the remaining four teams were placed against each other. The games were held between the 27th of March and the 7th of April, 2001.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg 4th leg 5th leg
Kinder Bologna   3–0   Paf Wennington Bologna 103–76 92–84 74–70
AEK   0–3   Tau Cerámica 65–90 67–70 62–76

FinalsEdit

The culminating stage of the Euroleague season, the two remaining teams that won the semifinal series played each other in a best-of-five series.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg 4th leg 5th leg
Kinder Bologna   3–2   Tau Cerámica 65–78 94–73 80–60 79–96 82–74
2000–01 Euroleague Champions
 
Kinder Bologna
2nd Title

AwardsEdit

Top ScorerEdit

Player Team
  Alphonso Ford   Peristeri

Regular Season MVPEdit

Player Team
  Dejan Tomašević   Budućnost

Finals MVPEdit

Player Team
  Manu Ginóbili   Kinder Bologna

Finals Top ScorerEdit

Player Team
  Manu Ginóbili   Kinder Bologna
  Elmer Bennett   Tau Cerámica
  Victor Alexander   Tau Cerámica

All-Euroleague First TeamEdit

Player Team
  Louis Bullock   Müller Verona
  Alphonso Ford   Peristeri
  Derrick Hamilton   Saint Petersburg Lions
  Gregor Fučka   Paf Wennington Bologna
  Dejan Tomašević   Budućnost

All-Euroleague Second TeamEdit

Player Team
  Jemeil Rich   Lugano Snakes
  Panagiotis Liadelis   PAOK
  Pau Gasol   FC Barcelona
  Ioannis Giannoulis   PAOK
  Rashard Griffith   Kinder Bologna

Round MVPEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Week Player Team PIR
1   Panagiotis Liadelis   PAOK 42
2   Dejan Tomašević   Budućnost 34
  Gianluca Basile   Paf Wennington Bologna
3   Milenko Topić   Budućnost 39
4   Dejan Tomašević (2)   Budućnost 42
5   Derrick Hamilton   St. Petersburg Lions 38
6   Darko Krunić   Zadar 39
7   Gregor Fučka   Paf Wennington Bologna 42
8   Kebu Stewart   Hapoel Jerusalem 47
9   Derrick Hamilton (2)   St. Petersburg Lions 40
10   Marcelo Nicola   Benetton Treviso 36

PlayoffsEdit

Game Player Team PIR
8thF G1   Alphonso Ford   Peristeri
45
8thF G2   Dejan Tomašević (3)   Budućnost
34
  Dino Rađja   Olympiakos
  Riccardo Pittis   Benetton Treviso
8thF G3   Angelos Koronios   PAOK
20
  Emilio Kovačić   Union Olimpija
4F G1   Gregor Fučka (2)   Paf Wennington Bologna
43
4F G2   Rashard Griffith   Kinder Bologna
32
4F G3   Carlton Myers   Paf Wennington Bologna
45
SF G1   Saulius Štombergas   Tau Cerámica
43
SF G2   Elmer Bennett   Tau Cerámica
33
SF G3   Fabricio Oberto   Tau Cerámica
25
Final G1   Victor Alexander   Tau Cerámica
32
Final G2   Antoine Rigaudeau   Kinder Bologna
21
Final G3   Manu Ginóbili   Kinder Bologna
31
Final G4   Elmer Bennett (2)   Tau Cerámica
28
Final G5   Rashard Griffith (2)   Kinder Bologna
25

Individual statisticsEdit

RatingEdit

Rank Name Team Games Rating PIR
1.   Dejan Tomašević   Budućnost 12 371 30.92
2.   Derrick Hamilton   Saint Petersburg Lions 10 283 28.30
3.   Alphonso Ford   Peristeri 12 305 25.42

PointsEdit

Rank Name Team Games Points PPG
1.   Alphonso Ford   Peristeri 12 312 26.00
2.   Dejan Tomašević   Budućnost 12 275 22.92
3.   Panagiotis Liadelis   PAOK 13 295 22.69

ReboundsEdit

Rank Name Team Games Rebounds RPG
1.   Dejan Tomašević   Budućnost 12 138 11.50
2.   Dino Rađa   Olympiacos 14 137 9.79
3.   Ron Ellis   Region Wallone Spirou 10 96 9.60

AssistsEdit

Rank Name Team Games Assists APG
1.   Ivica Marić   Zadar 10 59 5.90
2.   Elmer Bennett   Tau Cerámica 22 120 5.45
3.   Riccardo Pittis   Benetton Treviso 14 54 3.86

Other statisticsEdit

Category Player Team Games Average
Steals   Ivica Marić   Zadar
10
3.70
  Jemeil Rich   Lugano Snakes
Blocks   Grigorij Khizhnyak   Žalgiris
12
3.17
Turnovers   Sergei Bazarevich   Saint Petersburg Lions
10
4.50
Fouls drawn   Panagiotis Liadelis   PAOK
13
7.08
Minutes   Derrick Hamilton   Saint Petersburg Lions
10
38:35
2P%   Stéphane Risacher   Olympiacos
14
73.7%
3P%   Jorge Racca   PAOK
13
59.3%
FT%   Henry Williams   Müller Verona
12
94.7%

Individual game highsEdit

Category Player Team Statistic
PIR   Kebu Stewart   Hapoel Jerusalem
47
Points   Carlton Myers   Paf Wennington Bologna
41
  Alphonso Ford   Peristeri
Rebounds   Victor Alexander   Tau Cerámica
19
Assists   Elmer Bennett   Tau Cerámica
13
Steals   Manu Ginóbili   Kinder Bologna
7
  Bojan Bakić   Budućnost
Blocks   Stojan Vranković   Paf Wennington Bologna
10
Three pointers   Saulius Štombergas   Tau Cerámica
9
Turnovers   Sergei Bazarevich   Saint Petersburg Lions
11

AftermathEdit

In May 2001, Europe had two continental champions, Maccabi Tel Aviv of the FIBA SuproLeague and Kinder Bologna of Euroleague Basketball Company's EuroLeague. The leaders of both organizations realized the need to come up with a new single competition. Negotiating from the position of strength, Euroleague Basketball Company dictated proceedings, and FIBA essentially had no choice but to agree to their terms. As a result, the EuroLeague was fully integrated under Euroleague Basketball Company's umbrella, and teams that competed in the FIBA SuproLeague during the 2000-01 season joined it as well. It is today officially admitted that European basketball had two champions that year, Maccabi of the FIBA SuproLeague and Kinder Bologna of the Euroleague Basketball Company's EuroLeague.

A year later, Euroleague Basketball Company and FIBA decided that Euroleague Basketball's EuroLeague competition would be the main basketball tournament on the continent, to be played between the top level teams of Europe. FIBA Europe would also organize a European league for third-tier level teams, known as the FIBA Europe League competition, while Euroleague Basketball would also organize its own second-tier level league, combining FIBA's long-time Korać Cup and Saporta Cup competitions into one new competition, the EuroCup. In 2005, Euroleague Basketball and FIBA decided to cooperate with each other, and did so jointly until 2016.

In essence, the authority in European professional basketball was divided over club-country lines. FIBA stayed in charge of national team competitions (like the FIBA EuroBasket, the FIBA World Cup, and the Summer Olympics), while Euroleague Basketball took over the European professional club competitions. From that point on, FIBA's Korać Cup and Saporta Cup competitions lasted only one more season before folding, which was when Euroleague Basketball launched the EuroCup.

See alsoEdit

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ "EL.net interview: Eduardo Portela". Archived from the original on 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2008-03-19.

External linksEdit