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April 25, 2008
Voting for the All-Euroleague team by fans and media members around Europe and beyond has produced a world-class list of nominees for the 2007-08 season. Tens of thousands of fans from around the world were able to cast votes for their favorite players, as did media members from each of the countries with Euroleague teams this season. As in other years, teams that qualified to the Final Four dominated the nominations, with CSKA Moscow and Montepaschi Siena having three nominees each, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv two and Tau Ceramica one. Only one nominee came from a non-Final Four team. The All-Euroleague first and second teams, plus the Euroleague MVP, will be named at The Euroleague Basketball Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 3, during the Final Four in Madrid.
Best Defender Trophy: Dimitris Diamantidis
Rising Star Trophy: Danilo Gallinari
Alphonso Ford Trophy: Marc Salyers
In his debut Euroleague season, McIntyre shined on both ends of the floor in guiding Montepaschi back to the Final Four. He led the league in steals and three-pointers made, ranked third in assists and was as prolific as anyone in the league at burying clutch shots when his team needed them the most, and as a result, put Montepaschi back on the continent's biggest stage.
Last season's Euroleague MVP continued in 2007-08 to do what he does best, guiding CSKA Moscow to its sixth straight Final Four, a growing record. A sixth man who was named among the top 35 players of the last half-century, Papaloukas ranked second in assists this season, the fourth consecutive one in which he has finished among the Euroleague's best passers.
SHOOTING GUARDS AND SMALL FORWARDS
A two-time continental champ already, Halperin this season blossomed into the dynamic combo-guard that Maccabi had groomed him to become since he made his Euroleague debut as a teenager. This season, he set a career-high in assists and hit one of the biggest shots of his career, a game-tying three-pointer in Madrid that helped paved Maccabi's road back there - to the Final Four!
A fantastic shooter and almost a mistake-free player otherwise, Langdon appears as an All-Euroleague nominee for the third consecutive season. Last year, he was named to the All- Euroleague first team. This season, Langdon led CSKA Moscow in minutes played and three-pointers made. When CSKA had injury problems, he posted 13 straight double-digit scoring games.
The only 2007 Euroleague champ on the list, Siskauskas switched teams this summer, but remained a clutch player and stepped up when it mattered most. He earned MVP for April honors due to his timely contributions. This season Siskauskas amassed Euroleague career-highs for the season in scoring, three-pointers, free throws, rebounds and blocks, pacing CSKA .
A veteran swingman who had already led Montepaschi to the Final Four in 2004, Thornton raised his game as the 2007-08 season got tougher. He lifted his numbers in scoring, three-point shooting and assists from the regular season to the Top 16 to the Quarterfinal Playoffs, earning Euroleague Basketball MVP honors for February along the way.
POWER FORWARDS AND CENTERS
Montepaschi's versatile big man started just two games all season and averaged less than half of each in playing time, but Lavrinovic dominated nearly every minute of action he saw. He was not only the per-minute index rating leader, but shot from three-point distance with the Euroleague's best percentage of accuracy all decade!
Although he started the season on the bench, Morris quickly became Maccabi’s leader and one of the Euroleague's most dominant players after the turn of the new year. As such, Morris earned monthly MVP honors for January, led Maccabi in scoring, led the Euroleague in blocks and finished as the runner-up in the rebounding race.
One of the most improved players in the Euroleague this season, Pekovic was a main factor in Partizan Igokea reaching the Euroleague quarterfinals for the first time all decade. The young center was a force of nature, ranking fourth this season in scoring and rebounding and was second in fouls drawn as he set career-highs in every statistical category.
Splitter became the main man inside for Tau this season and was more than equal to the challenge. He had his best Euroleague season and was impervious to the pressure when it mattered most, putting up a brilliant performance in Game 3 of the Quarterfinal Playoffs. Splitter He also established career-highs in scoring, defensive rebounds and blocks.
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