Turkish Airlines Euroleague
October 30, 2014
Valencia - Kazan 2014
2013-14 All-Eurocup First, Second teams named
April 25, 2014
The new and expanded 2013-14 Eurocup basketball season had even more action and drama than ever before. As it does every season, Euroleague Basketball is pleased to honor 10 deserving stars as members of the All-Eurocup First and Second Teams, players that excelled on the court throughout the season and led their respective teams in deep runs in the tournament. This year’s selection is loaded with familiar faces. Some are previous All-Eurocup selections with multiple Eurocup or even Turkish Airlines Euroleague seasons under their belt. The only rookie among the First Team honorees is guard Andrew Goudelock of Unics Kazan. He is joined on the All-Eurocup First Team by guard DeMarcus Nelson of Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade, forwards Dijon Thompson of Nizhny Novgorod and Justin Doellman of Valencia Basket Club, and center Vladimir Golubovic of Aykon TED Ankara Kolejliler. There is even more experience in the All-Eurocup Second Team with guards Yotam Halperin of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem and rookie Reggie Redding of Alba Berlin, forwards Caleb Green of Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari and Darjus Lavrinovic of Budivelnik Kiev, as well as center Bojan Dubljevic of Valencia Basket Club. Dubljevic was previously announced as the winner of 2013-14 Eurocup Rising Star Trophy, while Andrea Trinchieri of Unics Kazan was named Eurocup Coach of the Year. Still to be revealed is the identity of the 2013-14 Eurocup MVP.
All-Eurocup First Team
Nelson (13.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.6apg, 1.3spg) stuffed the stat sheet as Crvena Zvezda Telekom’s leader in scoring, assists and steals this Eurocup season. A pillar for the semifinalists on both ends of the floor, he was also second in rebounding in helping lead the club to its best-ever finish in the competition. Goudelock (19.1 ppg, 53 triples, 3.3apg) took charge from the beginning, eventually leading Unics to the best Eurocup record this season (20-2) and into the finals against Valencia Basket Club. His 36 points in Game 1 of the eighthfinals marked the highest scoring output of the Eurocup season to date, and he ranks fourth in scoring and in threes made for the season, while leading his team in assists. Thompson (13.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.5 spg.), a former All-Eurocup Second Team selection, made his fifth Eurocup season his finest. Leading newcomer Nizhny Novgorod all the way to the semifinals, Thompson ranked first on the team in scoring, rebounding, steals, index rating (20.5), two-point shooting percentage (63.9%) and minutes played (31:15). He posted double-figure performance ratings in all but two games he played, with his highest of 41 coming in Last 32 clash against Panionios. Thompson raised it to another level in the late stages of the competition, leading all players with an average index rating (26.5) in the quarterfinals, and collecting 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in the elimination rounds. Doellman (14.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.8spg) becomes the second player to earn All-Eurocup First Team distinctions for back-to-back seasons. No player in the competition stole more balls than Doellman this season (39). He also led Valencia in scoring and defensive rebounding, was second on the team in minutes played, while remaining consistent with his shot, netting 58.2% on two-pointers and 40% from behind the arc. A 33-point effort in Quarterfinals Game 1 earned Doellman MVP weekly honors. Golubovic (19.3 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 26.6 PIR) is Eurocup's top rebounder, performance index rating leader and second-best scorer. He may be the only First-Team selection to not have reached at least the semifinals, but Ankara’s big man was nothing short of an unstoppable force in leading the newcomer to a place in the quarterfinals. Golubovic had the second-best performance by any player appearing in more than 10 games in any Eurocup season, collecting double-doubles in almost two-thirds of his games. He is also the owner of the highest index rating in a single game this season (51), which is also the third-best in a Eurocup game ever. Golubovic claimed three weekly MVP honors, and twice more in his team’s defeat had the best index rating of the week.
All-Eurocup Second Team
Halperin (11.7ppg, 4.8apg, 2.8rpg, 1.0apg), a two-time Euroleague champion, orchestrated Hapoel's offense - one of the highest scoring, most efficient, and mistake free in the Eurocup this season - all the way to the quarterfinals. He led the team in passing, minutes played (34:16), and three-point shooting percentage (40.7%), and is among select players to have multiple games with double-digit assists this season. Halperin was previously names to the 2008 All-Euroleague Second Team and the 2012 All-Eurocup Second Team. Redding (12.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.6apg) was Alba Berlin's top passer, and led the team in minutes played and with a 15.9 index rating, despite coming off the bench in his first season in the competition. He also ranked second on the team in points, rebounds and steals, while helping Alba reach the quarterfinals and finish the season undefeated on its home floor. Redding's gem came in his final game of the season, when he posted index rating of 40, tied for a highest ever in a Eurocup quarterfinals game, earning him Quarterfinals Game 2 MVP honors. Green (19.3ppg, 39.6% triples, 5.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.4spg) was the Last 32 scoring leader and only two players accumulated more points and a higher index rating over the course of the Eurocup season than Green. He was top three on the team in rebounds, steals and triples made, and his career-high 32 points in the final week of the Last 32 helped Sassari advance and got him a weekly MVP honor. Lavrinovic (16.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5bpg) led Budivelnik in points, rebounds, blocks and index rating (22.7), while also placing among the top three in assists and steals (1.1). The experienced veteran, a former All-Euroleague selection, had double-figure performance ratings in all but one game he played, with the highest of them (38) earning him Eighthfinals Game 1 MVP award. For big man Dubljevic (14.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 48% three-pointers) this is second All-Eurocup team award, after a Second Team selection in 2011-12. A back-to-back Rising Star Trophy winner, Dubljevic came off the bench in all but one game the entire season, led finalist Valencia in rebounding, and was second in scoring and index (16.3). In a campaign full of big performances, his Semifinals Game 1 MVP award stands out, as does his having the best index rating (24.5) of all players in the semifinals.
2013-14 Eurocup MVP: Andrew Goudelock, Unics Kazan
Eurocup Coach of the Year: Andrea Trinchieri, Unics Kazan
2013-14 Eurocup Rising Star Trophy winner: Bojan Dubljevic, Valencia Basket
2012-13 Eurocup MVP: Nick Calathes, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
Star power fills 2012-13 All-Eurocup teams!