2014–15 VTB United League

The 2014–15 VTB United League was the 6th complete season of the VTB United League. It was the second season in which the VTB United League functioned as the new domestic first tier level for Russian professional basketball clubs, which can qualify through this league to EuroLeague.

VTB United League1
Competition details
Season 2014–15
Teams 16
Games played 240 (regular season)
Dates 3 October 2014 – April 2015
Final positions
Champions Russia CSKA Moscow
(6th VTB League title)
(22nd Russian national title)
Runners-up Russia Khimki
Awards
MVP France Nando de Colo
Playoffs MVP Russia Andrey Vorontsevich
Coach of the Year Greece Dimitris Itoudis
Defensive Player Russia Andrey Vorontsevich
Sixth Man Finland Petteri Koponen
Young Player Latvia Jānis Timma
Statistical leaders
Points United States Randy Culpepper
21.0
Rebounds United States Virgin Islands Frank Elegar
11.3
Assists United States D.J. Cooper
9.2
1 Sponsored league name, referring to VTB Bank.

CSKA Moscow was the defending champion. CSKA successfully defended its title, as they took the league title by beating Khimki 3–0 in the Finals.

TeamsEdit

On 20 July 2014, drawing of two group of 11 teams was held in Moscow.[1] On 25 July 2014, five Lithuanian teams (Lietuvos rytas, Neptūnas Klaipėda, Dzūkija, Lietkabelis, Nevėžis) withdrew from the competition due to the Lithuanian Basketball League's decision to expand its regular-season schedule up to 40 games per team.[2] New format with double round-robin tournament was proposed for the 2014–15 VTB United League.[2]

This proposal for the regular season was approved on 1 August 2014.[3] The eight best teams of the regular season will qualify to the playoffs.

Regular seasonEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification
1   CSKA Moscow 30 26 4 2713 2151 +562 Qualification to playoffs
2   Khimki 30 25 5 2647 2336 +311
3   Lokomotiv Kuban 30 23 7 2582 2242 +340
4   Zenit Saint Petersburg 30 22 8 2499 2362 +137
5   Nizhny Novgorod 30 19 11 2479 2390 +89
6   UNICS 30 19 11 2287 2189 +98
7   Avtodor Saratov 30 17 13 2718 2649 +69
8   Astana 30 13 17 2385 2458 −73
9   Kalev/Cramo 30 13 17 2323 2587 −264
10   VEF Rīga 30 12 18 2375 2401 −26
11   Enisey 30 10 20 2567 2653 −86
12   Krasny Oktyabr 30 9 21 2353 2505 −152
13   Bisons 30 9 21 2383 2500 −117
14   ČEZ Nymburk 30 9 21 2396 2509 −113
15   Tsmoki-Minsk 30 7 23 2345 2665 −320
16   Krasnye Krylia 30 7 23 2060 2515 −455

PlayoffsEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                                   
  1   CSKA Moscow 103 110 111      
8   Astana 58 60 75      
  1   CSKA Moscow 86 97 92  
  5   Nizhny Novgorod 79 77 80  
4   Zenit 73 80 75 83 65
  5   Nizhny Novgorod 72 84 88 76 75  
    1   CSKA Moscow 89 94 99
  2   Khimki 62 81 69
  2   Khimki 99 87 89      
7   Avtodor Saratov 77 71 87      
  2   Khimki 76 76 55 76 94
  3   Lokomotiv Kuban 75 83 78 67 77    
3   Lokomotiv Kuban 74 89 86    
  6   UNICS 63 75 75      

AwardsEdit

Most Valuable PlayerEdit

Player Team Ref.
  Nando de Colo   CSKA Moscow
[4]

MVP of the MonthEdit

Month Winner Team
October   Miloš Teodosić CSKA Moscow
November   Taylor Rochestie Nizhny Novgorod
December   Courtney Fortson Avtodor Saratov
January   Kyrylo Fesenko Avtodor Saratov
February   Tyrese Rice BC Khimki
March   Scott Machado BC Kalev
April   Rašid Mahalbašić BC Astana

Player statisticsEdit

[5]

PointsEdit

Rank Player Team Games Points Average
1.   Randy Culpepper   Krasny Oktyabr 11 226 20.55
2.   Gerald Robinson   VEF 17 319 18.76
3.   Courtney Fortson   Avtodor 18 335 18.61
4.   Walter Hodge   Zenit 15 256 17.07
5.   Taylor Rochestie   Nizhny Novgorod 13 220 16.92

AssistsEdit

Rank Player Team Games Assists Average
1.   Jerry Johnson   Astana 14 119 8.50
2.   Donell Cooper   Enisey 18 150 8.33
3.   Scott Machado   Kalev 17 133 7.82
4.   Walter Hodge   Zenit 15 111 7.40
5.   Courtney Fortson   Avtodor 18 127 7.06

ReboundsEdit

Rank Player Team Games Rebounds Average
1.   Frank Elegar   Kalev 14 157 11.21
2.   Kervin Bristol   Krasnye Krylia 14 135 9.64
3.   Kyrylo Fesenko   Avtodor 12 113 9.42
4.   Pat Calathes   Astana 16 136 8.50
5.   Ivan Maraš   Tsmoki-Minsk 16 133 8.31

EfficiencyEdit

Rank Name Team Games Efficiency Average
1.   Frank Elegar   Kalev 14 293 20.93
2.   Ian Hummer   Bisons 18 363 20.17
3.   Taylor Rochestie   Nizhny Novgorod 13 256 19.69
4.   Trey Thompkins   Nizhny Novgorod 16 312 19.50
5.   Kyrylo Fesenko   Avtodor 12 234 19.50

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2014–2015 draw held in Moscow! Archived 2014-07-24 at the Wayback Machine; VTB League, 20 July 2014
  2. ^ a b No Lithuania and new format for 2014-2015? Archived 2014-07-29 at the Wayback Machine; VTB League, 25 July 2014
  3. ^ New format approved for 2014-2015 season Archived 2014-08-10 at the Wayback Machine; VTB League, 1 August 2014
  4. ^ Nando de Colo named regular season MVP Archived 2015-05-22 at the Wayback Machine; VTB League, 21 May 2015
  5. ^ "Players stats". vtb-league.com. Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2014-12-21.

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