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The Mister Europa European Player of the Year Award was an annual basketball award created in 1976, and given until 2010, by the panel of journalists of the Italian weekly magazine Superbasket. Its purpose was to praise the best basketball player with European citizenship for a given season, regardless of where he played in the world, including the NBA. The award was judged on the basis of both sports club and national team performances and accomplishments.

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History
First award1976
Editions35
First winnerItaly Pierluigi Marzorati
Most winsCroatia Toni Kukoč (4)
Most recentSpain Juan Carlos Navarro (2010)
Arvydas Sabonis won the Mr. Europa award 2 times (1985, 1997).

Like the Italian newspaper's La Gazzetta dello Sport Euroscar Award, and Eurobasket.com's All-Europe Player of the Year, it was not the official FIBA Europe Men's Player of the Year Award, which is given out by FIBA. Its legitimacy, however, stemmed from the fact that it was the oldest of all four awards, as it was created three years before the Euroscar, twenty-six years before the All-Europe Player of the Year, and twenty-nine years before the official FIBA award. Croatian small forward Toni Kukoč, holds the record for most wins with four, three of them being consecutive, a record as well.

Honor rollEdit

 
Dražen Petrović won the Mr. Europa award 2 times (1986, 1993).
 
Toni Kukoč won the Mr. Europa award 4 times (1990, 1991, 1992, 1996).
 
Peja Stojaković won the Mr. Europa award 2 times (2001, 2002).
 
Pau Gasol (center) won the Mr. Europa award 2 times (2004, 2009).

When a player was with more than one club in the calendar year of his award, all are listed.

Two players are listed as citizens of more than one country:

  • Toni Kukoč is listed for 1991 as a citizen of both Yugoslavia and Croatia because Croatia declared its independence in that year.
  • Peja Stojaković is listed as a citizen of both FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro in 2002, the year of establishment of the latter entity. He also holds Greek citizenship.
* 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
Year Winner Club(s)
1976
  Pierlo Marzorati**   Birra Forst Cantù
1977
  Dražen Dalipagić***   Partizan
1978
  Dražen Dalipagić*** (2)   Partizan
1979
  Vladimir Tkachenko   Stroitel
1980
  Dino Meneghin***   Emerson Varese &   Billy Milano
1981
  Dragan Kićanović**   Partizan &   Scavolini Pesaro
1982
  Dragan Kićanović** (2)   Scavolini Pesaro
1983
  Dino Meneghin*** (2)   Billy / Simac Milano
1984
  Juan Antonio San Epifanio "Epi"   FC Barcelona
1985
  Arvydas Sabonis***   Žalgiris
1986
  Dražen Petrović***   Cibona
1987
  Nikos Galis***   Aris
1988
  Šarūnas Marčiulionis***   Statyba
1989
  Vlade Divac   Partizan &   Los Angeles Lakers
1990
  Toni Kukoč   Jugoplastika / Pop 84
1991
    Toni Kukoč (2)   Pop 84 &   Benetton Treviso
1992
  Toni Kukoč (3)   Benetton Treviso
1993
  Dražen Petrović*** (2)   New Jersey Nets
1994
  Sašha Djordjević   Recoaro Milano &   Filodoro Bologna
1995
  Sašha Djordjević (2)   Filodoro / Teamsystem Bologna
1996
  Toni Kukoč (4)   Chicago Bulls
1997
  Arvydas Sabonis*** (2)   Portland Trail Blazers
1998
  Sašha Danilović   Kinder Bologna
1999
  Andrea Meneghin   Varese Roosters
2000
  Gregor Fučka   Paf Wennington Bologna
2001
  Peja Stojaković   Sacramento Kings
2002
  Peja Stojaković (2)   Sacramento Kings
2003
  Šarūnas Jasikevičius   FC Barcelona &   Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
2004
  Pau Gasol   Memphis Grizzlies
2005
  Dirk Nowitzki   Dallas Mavericks
2006
  Jorge Garbajosa   Unicaja &   Toronto Raptors
2007
  Dimitris Diamantidis[1]   Panathinaikos
2008
  Ricky Rubio[2]   DKV Joventut
2009
  Pau Gasol (2) [3]   Los Angeles Lakers
2010
  Juan Carlos Navarro[4]   Regal FC Barcelona

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