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The Euroscar European Player of the Year Award is an annual basketball award given to the year's best male European basketball player. Its name is a portmanteau of Europe and Oscar, and the award is often referred to as "European basketball’s Oscar”.[1]

Euroscar
Sport Basketball
History
First award 1979
Editions 36
First winner Soviet Union Vladimir Tkachenko
Most wins Germany Dirk Nowitzki &
Lithuania Arvydas Sabonis (6)
Most recent Slovenia Goran Dragić (2017)
Dirk Nowitzki, seated, wearing a green Nike shirt
German-born power forward Dirk Nowitzki has won six Euroscar Awards.

Any player with European citizenship is eligible for the award, regardless of his current club. The award is judged on the basis of both sports club and national team performances and accomplishments. The honor is presented the January after the calendar year it is awarded for, i.e. the 2011 award was presented in 2012.[1] It was first given out in 1979 to Soviet center Vladimir Tkachenko, and has since then been routinely given to players who fared well in international competitions such as the EuroBasket, FIBA World Cup or Olympic Games. As of 2018, the most recent winner is Slovenian player Goran Dragić. Lithuanian center Arvydas Sabonis and German power forward Dirk Nowitzki hold the record for most wins with six each.

The Euroscar is decided upon by a committee composed of general managers,[2] coaches, players, sportswriters from 33 different countries.[3] The award is presented by the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. It is one of the two main player of the year awards that any European basketball player can currently receive, along with Eurobasket.com's All-Europe Player of the Year. Previously, there was also the official FIBA Europe Men's Player of the Year Award (2005–2014), and Italian magazine's Superbasket Mr. Europa Award (1976–2010).

History and distinctionsEdit

The Euroscar was first awarded in 1979, and 21 of the first 23 winners were born in the Soviet Union or Yugoslavia. Thereafter, Dirk Nowitzki of Germany and Pau Gasol of Spain won ten times between them, and as of 2016 an Eastern European has won the award only twice since 2002.

 
Lithuanian center Arvydas Sabonis won six Euroscar Awards between 1984 and 1999.

The early winners of the Euroscar played primarily for EuroLeague clubs. Since Dražen Petrović won his third award in 1992, while playing for the New Jersey Nets, only four Euroscar winners (Sabonis in 1995, Gregor Fučka in 2000, Kirilenko in 2012, and Teodosić in 2016) played in a European league during the year they won the award, and only Fučka and Teodosić did not play in the NBA for any part of their award-winning years.[4][5][not in citation given]

As of 2015, three players have won five or more Euroscars: Sabonis (six), Nowitzki (six), and Toni Kukoč (five). Nowitzki holds the record for most consecutive wins with five. Seven Euroscar winners have been inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame: Tkachenko, Sabonis, Petrović, Dražen Dalipagić, Dino Meneghin, Dragan Kićanović and Nikos Galis.[6] Sabonis, Petrović, Dalipagić, Galis and Meneghin are also in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.[7] One pair of brothers have each won the award: the Spaniards Pau and Marc Gasol. As of the 2016–17 basketball season, the Gasols, Tony Parker, and Nowitzki are the only award winners still active in the NBA.[8] As of 2015, Nowitzki is also the only player to win the Euroscar Award and the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, albeit in different seasons.[9][10] Kukoč (1996, 1998), Nowitzki (2011), Parker (2007) and Pau Gasol (200910) all won NBA titles in their Euroscar-winning years; Kukoč and Gasol are the only players to do so more than once.[1][10][11][12][13] Dalipagić (1980) and Sabonis (1988) won Olympic Gold medals and a Euroscar in the same year.

Award winnersEdit

 
Croatian player Toni Kukoč won five Euroscar Awards between 1990 and 1998.
 
Spanish forward/center Pau Gasol won three straight awards between 2008 and 2010. His brother Marc won the award in 2014.
 
Belgian-born point guard Tony Parker won the award in 2007 and 2013.
 
Serbian point guard Miloš Teodosić, 2016

When a winner has played for more than one club team in the calendar year of his award, all are listed.

^ Denotes player who is still active
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
** Inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame
*** Inducted into both the Naismith and FIBA Halls of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player won the Euroscar Award
Year Winner Country Club(s)
1979
Vladimir Tkachenko[1]   Soviet Union Stroitel Kiev
1980
Dražen Dalipagić***[1]   Yugoslavia Partizan Belgrade
1981
Dragan Kićanović**[1]   Yugoslavia Partizan Belgrade and
Scavolini Pesaro
1982
Dragan Kićanović**[1] (2)   Yugoslavia Scavolini Pesaro
1983
Dino Meneghin***[1]   Italy Olimpia Milano
1984
Arvydas Sabonis***[1]   Soviet Union Žalgiris Kaunas
1985
Arvydas Sabonis***[1] (2)   Soviet Union Žalgiris Kaunas
1986
Dražen Petrović***[1]   Yugoslavia Cibona Zagreb
1987
Nikos Galis***[1]   Greece
  United States
Aris Thessaloniki
1988
Arvydas Sabonis***[1] (3)   Soviet Union Žalgiris Kaunas
1989
Dražen Petrović***[1] (2)   Yugoslavia Real Madrid and
Portland Trail Blazers
1990
Toni Kukoč**[1]   Yugoslavia KK Split
1991
Toni Kukoč**[1] (2)   Yugoslavia
  Croatia
KK Split and
Benetton Treviso
1992
Dražen Petrović***[1] (3)   Croatia New Jersey Nets
1993
Dražen Petrović***[1] (4)   Croatia New Jersey Nets
1994
Toni Kukoč**[1] (3)   Croatia Chicago Bulls
1995
Arvydas Sabonis***[1] (4)   Lithuania Real Madrid and
Portland Trail Blazers
1996
Toni Kukoč**[1] (4)   Croatia Chicago Bulls
1997
Arvydas Sabonis***[1] (5)   Lithuania Portland Trail Blazers
1998
Toni Kukoč**[1] (5)   Croatia Chicago Bulls
1999
Arvydas Sabonis***[1] (6)   Lithuania Portland Trail Blazers
2000
Gregor Fučka[1]   Italy Fortitudo Bologna
2001
Peja Stojaković[1]   Yugoslavia Sacramento Kings
2002
Dirk Nowitzki^[14]   Germany Dallas Mavericks
2003
Dirk Nowitzki^[14] (2)   Germany Dallas Mavericks
2004
Dirk Nowitzki^[14] (3)   Germany Dallas Mavericks
2005
Dirk Nowitzki^[14] (4)[14]   Germany Dallas Mavericks
2006
Dirk Nowitzki^ (5)   Germany Dallas Mavericks
2007
Tony Parker^[15]   France San Antonio Spurs
2008
Pau Gasol^ [16][17]   Spain Memphis Grizzlies and
Los Angeles Lakers
2009
Pau Gasol^ (2)[12]   Spain Los Angeles Lakers
2010
Pau Gasol^ (3) [13]   Spain Los Angeles Lakers
2011
Dirk Nowitzki^ (6)[10]   Germany Dallas Mavericks
2012
Andrei Kirilenko[18]   Russia CSKA Moscow and
Minnesota Timberwolves
2013
Tony Parker^ (2)[19]   France San Antonio Spurs
2014
Marc Gasol[20]   Spain Memphis Grizzlies
2015
Pau Gasol^ (4)[21]   Spain Chicago Bulls
2016
Miloš Teodosić [22]   Serbia CSKA Moscow
2017
Goran Dragić^   Slovenia Miami Heat

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