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FIBA Europe Men's Player of the Year Award

The FIBA Europe Men's Player of the Year Award was an annual official FIBA Europe award that was inaugurated in the year 2005, and bestowed until 2014.[1] The winner was a basketball player who had European citizenship, and whose performances with his sports club and/or national team throughout the year had reached the highest level of excellence. All players with European citizenship, regardless of where they played in the world, qualified for the award, including NBA players. Players did not have to play in any FIBA competitions in order to be eligible.

FIBA Europe Player of the Year
SportBasketball
History
First award2005
Editions10
First winnerGermany Dirk Nowitzki
Most winsSpain Pau Gasol (2)
Germany Dirk Nowitzki (2)
Russia Andrei Kirilenko (2)
France Tony Parker (2)
Most recentFrance Tony Parker (2014)
Dirk Nowitzki won the FIBA Europe Player of the Year award 2 times (2005, 2011).

The winner received the prize after winning a vote of both fans and a panel of basketball experts, media members, and coaches from twenty five countries. Consequently, the legitimacy of the award was somewhat higher than Superbasket magazine's old Mister Europa Award, Gazzetta dello Sport's Euroscar Award, and Eurobasket.com's All-Europe Player of the Year award, which did not, or still do not include the fan vote. That being specified, the importance of the former awards relies on their tradition, as their inception occurred in the years 1976, 1979, and 2002 respectively. All in all, the laureates are the same on all four lists in the great majority of cases, all of them representing the biggest European basketball stars since the mid-1970s.

WinnersEdit

 
Andrei Kirilenko won the FIBA Europe Player of the Year award 2 times (2007, 2012).
 
Pau Gasol (center) won the FIBA Europe Player of the Year award 2 times (2008, 2009).

If a winner played for more than one club team in the calendar year of his award, all teams are listed in chronological order.

FIBA Europe Men's Players of the YearEdit

Year Men's Players of the Year Club(s)
2005
  Dirk Nowitzki   Dallas Mavericks
2006
  Theo Papaloukas   CSKA Moscow
2007
  Andrei Kirilenko   Utah Jazz
2008
  Pau Gasol   Memphis Grizzlies &   Los Angeles Lakers
2009
  Pau Gasol (2x)   Los Angeles Lakers
2010
  Miloš Teodosić   Olympiacos
2011
  Dirk Nowitzki (2x)   Dallas Mavericks
2012
  Andrei Kirilenko (2x)   CSKA Moscow &   Minnesota Timberwolves
2013
  Tony Parker   San Antonio Spurs
2014
  Tony Parker (2x)   San Antonio Spurs

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