FIBA EuroStars was an annual event, organized by FIBA Europe, as a showcase basketball game, from the 1996–97 season, until the 1999–00 season. Commonly considered as the European equivalent of the NBA All-Star Game, the FIBA EuroStars game featured the season's best players, from both the European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague, and the European-wide 2nd-tier level FIBA Saporta Cup. Diversity was also paramount in the selection process, which aimed at allowing several different European basketball schools to be represented.
FIBA EuroStars was the replacement All-European Team selection and all-star game of the original FIBA Festival (1964–1995).
The event held at the very end of the year and it last for four seasons. The FIBA EuroStars events were designed on the NBA All-Star Game pattern: a match between East and West. There was also a 3-point shootout contest. Players who played for championships on the east side of Europe (Greece, Turkey, Israel, ex-USSR and ex-Yugoslavia countries) were eligible for selection for the East regardless of the country of origins. On the hand, players who competed in countries on the west side of Europe (Spain, France, Germany, Italy etc) were eligible for selection for the West.The East stars defeated their West opponents on all four occasions.
The 2000 All-Star game was cancelled as the European basketball was at turmoil at the time, with two 1st tier competitions going on in the 2000-01 season, the FIBA SuproLeague and the ULEB Euroleague.
List of gamesEdit
Bold: Team that won the game.
|1996||December 30||Abdi İpekçi||East||117-114||West||David Rivers|
|1997||December 30||Yad Eliyahu||East||129-107||West||Artūras Karnišovas|
|1998||December 29||Max Schmeling||East||104-98||West||Carlton Myers|
|1999||December 28||Olimpiisky||East||112-107||West||Tyus Edney|
Three Point Shootout ContestEdit
|1996||Delaney Rudd||ASVEL||Vasily Karasev||Efes Pilsen|
|1997||Sašha Đjorđjević||Barcelona||Guy Goodes||Caserta|
|1998||Carlton Myers||Fortitudo Bologna||Petar Naumoski||Efes Pilsen|
1996 FIBA EuroStars - Istanbul, Turkey (1996–97 season)Edit
Arena: Abdi İpekçi
Date: December 30, 1996
Score: East 117 – West 114
EAST (Dusan Ivkovic):
WEST (Lolo Sainz):
Game MVP: David Rivers
1997 FIBA EuroStars - Tel Aviv, Israel (1997–98 season)Edit
Arena: Yad Eliyahu
Date: December 30, 1997
Score: East 129 – West 107
EAST roster: Dino Rađja, Byron Scott, Artūras Karnišovas, Petar Naumoski, Sergei Bazarevich, Oded Kattash, Damir Mulaomerović, Rashard Griffith, Nikos Oikonomou, Peja Drobnjak, Gintaras Einikis, Nadav Henefeld. Coach: Dusan Ivkovic
WEST roster: Sašha Danilović, David Rivers, Antoine Rigaudeau, Zoran Savić, Sašha Đjorđjević, Gregor Fučka, Željko Rebrača, Vasily Karasev, Wendell Alexis, Alberto Herreros, Vladimir Stepania. Coach: Ettore Messina.
Game MVP: Artūras Karnišovas
3 Point Contest winner: Sašha Đjorđjević
(Dejan Bodiroga was invited but he didn't play)
1998 FIBA EuroStars - Berlin, Germany (1998–99 season)Edit
Arena: Max Schmeling
Date: December 29, 1998
Score: East 104 – West 98
EAST roster: Dejan Bodiroga, Dino Rađja, David Rivers, Petar Naumoski, Doron Sheffer, Conrad McRae, İbrahim Kutluay, Marko Milič, Nikos Oikonomou, Dragan Tarlać, Saulius Štombergas, Vasily Karasev. Coach: Stanislav Eremin.
WEST roster: Sašha Danilović, Artūras Karnišovas, Antoine Rigaudeau, Željko Rebrača, Carlton Myers, Rašho Nesterović, Wendell Alexis, Alberto Herreros, Andrea Meneghin, Henrik Rödl, Éric Struelens. Coach: Svetislav Pesic.
Game MVP: Carlton Myers
(Tanoka Beard was invited but he didn't play)
1999 FIBA EuroStars - Moscow, Russia (1999–00 season)Edit
Date: December 28, 1999
Score: East 112 – West 107
Game MVP: Tyus Edney
3 Point Contest winner: İbrahim Kutluay
Players with multiple selectionsEdit
- Player nationalities by national team.
|Player||Number Of Selections||Years Selected|
|David Rivers||1996, 1997, 1998, 1999|
|Antoine Rigaudeau||1996, 1997, 1998, 1999|
|Nikos Oikonomou||1996, 1997, 1998, 1999|
|Željko Rebrača||1996, 1997, 1998, 1999|
|Petar Naumoski||1996, 1997, 1998|
|İbrahim Kutluay||1996, 1998, 1999|
|Dragan Tarlać||1996, 1998, 1999|
|Carlton Myers||1996, 1998, 1999|
|Marko Milič||1996, 1998, 1999|
|Dino Rađja||1997, 1998, 1999|
|Dejan Bodiroga||1997, 1998, 1999|
|Vasily Karasev||1997, 1998, 1999|
|Artūras Karnišovas||1997, 1998, 1999|
|Peja Drobnjak||1996, 1997|
|Sergei Bazarevich||1996, 1997|
|Zoran Savić||1996, 1997|
|Conrad McRae||1996, 1998|
|Sašha Danilović||1997, 1998|
|Wendell Alexis||1997, 1998|
|Alberto Herreros||1997, 1998|
|Oded Kattash||1997, 1999|
|Gregor Fučka||1997, 1999|
|Andrea Meneghin||1998, 1999|
|Tanoka Beard||1998, 1999|