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Dominique Wilkins was the EuroLeague's Final Four MVP in 1996.

The EuroLeague Final Four Most Valuable Player Award is presented and awarded to the basketball player who has exhibited the most exceptional play during the EuroLeague Final Four. The award often goes to the best player on the European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague's best team. It is generally considered to be the most prestigious individual award in European professional club basketball.

The Final Four MVP award was first given at the end of the 1987–88 season, when the competition that would later become called EuroLeague, was then known as the FIBA European Champions Cup. Prior to the 1987–88 season, the Top Scorer of the EuroLeague Finals was noted. However, an actual MVP was not named until the first EuroLeague Final Four of the modern era was held.

EuroLeague Finals Top Scorers (1958 to 1987)Edit

From the 1958 to 1986–87 seasons, the Top Scorer of the EuroLeague Finals was noted, regardless of whether he played on the winning or losing team. However, there was no actual MVP award given.[1]

Voting criteriaEdit

From the 1988 EuroLeague Final Four through the 2016 EuroLeague Final Four, the voting for the EuroLeague Final Four MVP was done by the accredited media members in attendance. Starting with the 2017 EuroLeague Final Four, the voting for the award includes an online vote of fans as well.[2][3]

All-time EuroLeague Final Four MVP award winners (1988 to present)Edit

 
Dejan Bodiroga was the EuroLeague's Final Four MVP 2 times (2002, 2003).
 
Šarūnas Jasikevičius was the EuroLeague's Final Four MVP in 2005.
 
Dimitris Diamantidis was the EuroLeague's Final Four MVP 2 times (2007, 2011).
 
Vassilis Spanoulis was the EuroLeague's Final Four MVP 3 times (2009, 2012, 2013).
 
J.C. Navarro was the EuroLeague's Final Four MVP in 2010.
 
Nando de Colo (#12 in blue), was the EuroLeague's Final Four MVP in 2016.
 
Luka Dončić was the EuroLeague's Final Four MVP in 2018.

Since the end of the 1987–88 season, when the first EuroLeague Final Four (1988 EuroLeague Final Four) was held, an MVP is named at the conclusion of each Final Four.[1]

* Member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
** Member of the FIBA Hall of Fame
*** Member of both the Naismith and FIBA Halls of Fame
Season Final Four MVP Club Ref.
1987–88
  Bob McAdoo*   Tracer Milano
1988–89
  Dino Rađja*   Jugoplastika
1989–90
  Toni Kukoč   Jugoplastika
1990–91
  Toni Kukoč (2×)   Pop 84
1991–92
  Predrag Danilović   Partizan
1992–93
  Toni Kukoč (3×)   Benetton Treviso
1993–94
  Žarko Paspalj   Olympiacos
1994–95
  Arvydas Sabonis***   Real Madrid Teka
1995–96
  Dominique Wilkins*   Panathinaikos
1996–97
  David Rivers   Olympiacos
1997–98
  Zoran Savić   Kinder Bologna
1998–99
  Tyus Edney   Žalgiris
1999–00
  Željko Rebrača   Panathinaikos
2000–01
(SuproLeague)
    Ariel McDonald   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
2000–01
(EuroLeague)
    Manu Ginóbili   Kinder Bologna
2001–02
  Dejan Bodiroga   Panathinaikos
2002–03
  Dejan Bodiroga (2×)   FC Barcelona
2003–04
  Anthony Parker   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
2004–05
  Šarūnas Jasikevičius   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
2005–06
  Theo Papaloukas   CSKA Moscow
2006–07
  Dimitris Diamantidis   Panathinaikos
2007–08
  Trajan Langdon   CSKA Moscow
2008–09
  Vassilis Spanoulis   Panathinaikos
2009–10
  Juan Carlos Navarro   Regal FC Barcelona
2010–11
  Dimitris Diamantidis (2×)   Panathinaikos
2011–12
  Vassilis Spanoulis (2×)   Olympiacos
2012–13
  Vassilis Spanoulis (3×)   Olympiacos
2013–14
    Tyrese Rice   Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
[1]
2014–15
  Andrés Nocioni   Real Madrid
[4]
2015–16
  Nando de Colo   CSKA Moscow
[5]
2016–17
  Ekpe Udoh   Fenerbahçe
[6]
2017–18
  Luka Dončić   Real Madrid
[7]
2018–19
  Will Clyburn   CSKA Moscow
[8]

† The 2000–01 season was a transition year, with the best European teams splitting into two different major leagues: The SuproLeague, held by FIBA, and the EuroLeague, held by Euroleague Basketball. That season's EuroLeague Basketball tournament did not end with a Final Four tournament. Instead, it ended with a 5-game playoff series. So, Manu Ginóbili was named the EuroLeague Finals MVP that season.

Multiple honorsEdit

PlayersEdit

Number Player
    Toni Kukoč
  Vassilis Spanoulis
  Dejan Bodiroga
  Dimitris Diamantidis
1
23 Players

NB:

  • Kukoč won his first two awards in 1990 and 1991, as a citizen of SFR Yugoslavia; Croatia declared its independence on June 25, 1991, after that year's Champions Cup finals.
  • Bodiroga won his first award in 2002, as a citizen of FR Yugoslavia. The country changed its name to Serbia and Montenegro in February 2003, three months before he won his second award; upon the dissolution of the latter state in 2006, he became a citizen of Serbia.

Player nationalityEdit

Number Country
10×
  United States
  Greece
  Yugoslavia
  Yugoslavia
  Lithuania
  Argentina
  Slovenia
  Croatia
  France
  Spain
  Montenegro

NB:

  • Players from the former Yugoslavia are classified by their nationality in one of the current post-Yugoslav states.
  • Rice won his award in 2014, as a citizen of both the United States and Montenegro.

TeamsEdit

Number Team
  Panathinaikos
  Olympiacos
  Maccabi Tel Aviv
  CSKA Moscow
  Split
  Real Madrid
  Virtus Bologna
  FC Barcelona
5 Teams

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "European club champions: 1958-2014". Euroleague.net. 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  2. ^ Fans to weigh in on Final Four MVP voting!
  3. ^ Fans to weigh in on Final Four MVP voting!
  4. ^ Nocioni named bwin MVP of Euroleague Final Four.
  5. ^ De Colo celebrates title as Final Four MVP.
  6. ^ Udoh caps historic Final Four with MVP award.
  7. ^ "Doncic chosen Final Four MVP". Euroleague.net. 2018-05-20. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  8. ^ "Final Four MVP: Will Clyburn, CSKA Moscow". Euroleague.net. 2019-05-19. Retrieved 2019-05-20.

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