2010-11 All-Eurocup first, second teams announced

Apr 06, 2011 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
2010-11 All-Eurocup first, second teams announced
After 152 games were played this season on the road to the Eurocup Finals and a new champion of the competition, Euroleague Basketball has chosen 10 deserving stars to make up the All-Eurocup first and second teams for the 2010-11 season. The list is largely composed of players that have guided their teams to the Eurocup Finals, which take place on April 16 and 17 in Treviso, Italy. Headlining the first team is Benetton Bwin forward Devin Smith, who was an All-Eurocup first team selection last season, too. Smith becomes only the second player to earn Eurocup first-team honors twice and is the first to do so with two different teams. Smith starred for Panellinios last season. Joining him as All-Eurocup first team choices are guards Dontaye Draper of Cedevita Zagreb and Terrell Lyday of Unics Kazan, forward Tariq Kirksay of Cajasol Sevilla and center Maciej Lampe of Unics. The All-Eurocup second team also boasts a former honoree. Unics forward Kelly McCarty was an All-Eurocup first team choice for the 2008-09 season. The rest of the new All-Eurocup second team features guards Bracey Wright of Cedevita and Dwayne Anderson of BG Goettingen, forward Nik Caner-Medley of Asefa Estudiantes and center Paul Davis of Cajasol. Anderson and Caner-Medley are the only two honorees who will not challenge for the 2011 Eurocup crown in Treviso. The All-Eurocup first and second teams are in their third season and are named by in-house experts at Euroleague Basketball with the goal of enhancing the recognition of the finest Eurocup players for their efforts throughout the season. The first and second teams are divided by position, each with two guards, two forwards and one center.
Dontaye Draper - Cedevita
Terrell Lyday - Unics
Devin Smith - Benetton Bwin (Photo Benetton Basket)
Tariq Kirksay - Cajasol Sevilla
Maciej Lampe - Unics Kazan (photo unics.ru)
The only Eurocup newcomer on the first team, Draper took the competition by storm this season in leading what was a little-known club to the Eurocup Finals. Draper leads the Eurocup full season charts in average performance index rating (21.8) and assists (6.5 apg.), is third in steals (2.2 spg.) and fourth in scoring (15.8 ppg.). A pillar of consistency, he has scored in double figures in every game.
In his fifth Eurocup season, the veteran Lyday has pieced together his best campaign to date to help Unics reach the Eurocup Finals. Lyday has averaged personal Eurocup bests in scoring (14.8 ppg.), three-point shooting (46.7%) and assists (3.2 apg.),the first two of which led his team and ranked among the top 10 in the competition. Unics won all seven games in which Lyday scored more than 10 points.
Despite being named a 2009-10 All-Eurocup first team selection, Smith has improved his production in nearly every major statistical category to lead Benetton Bwin to the Eurocup Finals on its home court. Smith ranks second in the Eurocup in scoring (16.8 ppg.) and steals (2.2 spg.) and his 37 three-pointers made are the most in the competition. He also tied a Last 16 record with a 35-point effort this season.
A veteran performer, Kirksay has been at the heart of Cajasol’s run to the Eurocup Finals even though numbers may not tell how much. Kirksay will play his 50th career Eurocup game in Treviso, but after leading the competition in steals this season (2.4 spg.) he is already ranked third on the Eurocup career list with 112 steals. He also leads Cajasol this season in minutes played (425) and rebounding (6.1 rpg.).
Lampe was an unstoppable force in the paint this year for Kazan in his first full season with the club, The center shined as he led the Eurocup in rebounding (7.9 rpg.) and per-minute index rating (0.72) and ranked eighth in scoring (14.8 ppg.). He dominated with a 31-point, 16-rebound performance in Game 2 of the Quarterfinals to clinch Unics’s ticket to the Eurocup Finals in Treviso.
Bracey Wright - Cedevita (photo kkcedevita.hr)
Dwayne Anderson - BG Goettingen (photo bggoettingen.de - Christian Reinhard)
Kelly Mccarty - Unics Kazan (Photo unics.ru)
Nik Caner-Medley - Asefa Estudiantes
Paul Davis - Cajasol (photo baloncestosevilla)
A mid-season addition to the Cedevita roster, Wright made an immediate impact. He started all eight games and netted at least 23 points five times. He was the No. 3 scorer in the Last 16 (18.5 ppg.) and the hero of Quarterfinals Game 2 win that clinched a ticket to the Eurocup Finals with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
The debut campaign for Anderson and the Violets was one to remember for both. Anderson led his team in average performance index rating (16.5), scoring (15.7 ppg.), rebounding (6.3 rpg.) and steals (1.3 spg.) as Goettingen came up one win short of a trip to the Eurocup Finals. He was the only player this season ranked among the Eurocup top five in scoring and rebounding.
Former ULEB Cup Final MVP McCarty was the only player to start every game for Unics this season as he displayed an all-around game that helped make those around him more dangerous and carried the team to the Eurocup Finals. He becomes one of four people to be chosen to one of the All-Eurocup teams twice after earning All-Eurocup first team honors for the 2008-09 campaign.
Caner-Medley raised his level of production from stage to stage this season and was a leading reason that Estudiantes nearly crashed the Eurocup Finals. He led his team in scoring (12.4 ppg.) and rebounding (7 rpg.), placing fourth in the Eurocup in the latter category. Perhaps more importantly, Caner-Medley helped set the tone on defense too.
Cajasol’s man in the middle, Davis was at his best in the Last 16 and a major reason the club went 5-1 in that stage and moved ever closer to the Eurocup Finals. Davis was second in performance index rating in the Last 16 at 20.8 per game and fifth in scoring (16.7 ppg.). For the season he leads Cajasol in scoring (12.5 ppg.), is second in rebounding (5.3 rpog.) and third in steals (1.3 spg.).