EuroCup stepping stones: Fabien Causeur

May 18, 2020 by Print
EuroCup stepping stones: Fabien Causeur

Fabien Causeur has been playing in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague for a decade and won the championship with his current club, Real Madrid, in 2018. Real is the fifth team in Causeur's professional career, which he started with Le Havre in his native France in the 2005-06 season. Before he became a EuroLeague star and a fan-favorite in the Spanish capital, Causeur took his first steps in European competitions with Le Havre. It is safe to say that his three EuroCup seasons prepared him for the next level, as he had the chance to showcase his skills, determination and talent.

EuroCup experience

Causeur made his EuroCup debut with Le Havre in the 2008-09 season at the age of 21. He did well right away with 14 points in his first EuroCup game against Russian powerhouse Khimki Moscow Region. Causeur averaged 11.8 points and shot well (60.7% 2FG, 86.7% FT) but Le Havre did not advance past the regular season. He went on to play for Cholet Basket and returned to the EuroCup in the 2009-10 campaign, during which Causeur averaged 7.6 points. Cholet won the French championship that season, which allowed Causeur to play the 2010-11 EuroLeague. When he returned to the EuroCup in the 2011-12 season, Causeur was already a star. Causeur had the fifth-best scoring average for a European-born player in EuroCup regular season history (21.8 ppg.). He had 31 of his team's 63 points in a loss against Khimki and 27 in a home win against PAOK Thessaloniki. After that, Causeur was more than ready for bigger challenges.

What came after

Causeur signed a multi-year deal with Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, back then known as Laboral Kutxa. He played there for four seasons and helped Baskonia reach the EuroLeague Playoffs in 2013 and the Final Four in 2016. Causeur averaged a career-high 10.3 points in 21 games in the 2015-16 campaign, but was injured late in the Top 16 and could not help his team much in the Final Four; he only played 3 minutes in the semifinal against Fenerbahce Istanbul. After a strong season with Brose Bamberg, Causeur joined Real and immediately delivered, winning the EuroLeague title in his first season with Los Blancos. He shined in the 2018 EuroLeague championship game, scoring 17 points on 3-of-3 three-point shots against Fenerbahce. Causeur made it to another Final Four with Real last season and scored 18 points in 15 minutes against CSKA, but his team fell in the semifinal. He has won league championships in France, Germany and Spain - all the countries in which he has played.