EuroCup legend Popovic retires

May 27, 2019 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
EuroCup legend Popovic retires

One of the best players in EuroCup history, guard Marko Popovic, played the final game of his basketball career on Sunday. Popovic, 36, led two different teams to the EuroCup title. He won his first EuroCup title with UNICS Kazan in 2011, when he was named Finals MVP honors and set an assist record for the championship game against Cajasol Sevilla, which still stands. UNICS defeated Cajasol 92-77 and Popovic had a double-double with 18 points and 11 assists for a performance index rating of 29. In 2015, he helped Khimki Moscow Region win its second EuroCup title. Popovic played 85 EuroCup games with four different teams - Zadar of his native Croatia, UNICS and Khimki of Russia and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada of Spain. He scored 1,188 career points and was briefly the competition's all-time leading scorer; Rafa Martinez and Bojan Dubljevic passed him 48 days later. Popovic retires ranked fourth on the EuroCup's all-time scoring charts with 1,188 points. He is also second in three-point shots made (207) and seventh in assists (331).

In addition to his EuroCup achievements, Popovic also had a remarkable EuroLeague career in which he scored 1,523 points and dished 342 assists in 123 games with Zadar and Cibona Zagreb of Croatia, Valencia Basket of Spain, Efes Pilsen of Turkey and Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania. He earned Round MVP honors three times. Popovic is tied for the third-best scoring mark in EuroLeague history, 39 points, which he attained while playing for Cibona against Adecco Estudiantes on November 25, 2004. Popovic won four Lithuanian League championships, three Lithuanian Cup and two Baltic League titles in his four seasons with Zalgiris. He also won the 2003 Adriatic League and two Croatian Cups with Zadar and a Croatian League crown with Cibona in 2004, a Turkish Cup with Efes in 2006 and a Russian Cup with UNICS in 2009. Popovic retired in style, hitting a 10-meter, game-clinching three-pointer late against Iberostar Tenerife to make sure Fuenlabrada got a win in his farewell game.