NEWS | 20/11/2019The six players feature amongst the 50 contenders for the award.
The nominations period began on 21 October and the Euroleague will reveal from Monday to Friday for 10 weeks the 50 candidates among all the players who have participated in the competition since 1 January 2010. This award is part of the 20th anniversary of the Euroleague. At the moment the following candidates are known: Khryapa, Printezis, Sloukas, Devin Smith, Rudy Fernández, Batiste, Higgins, Tomic, Bourousis, Datome, Krstic, Shved, Navarro, Rice, Weems, Jaycee Carroll, Felipe Reyes, Calathes, Shengelia, De Colo, Kirilenko, Tyus, Sergio Llull, Diamantidis, Dunston, Jankunas, Luka Doncic, Clyburn, Udoh, Papanikolau, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Anthony Randolph and Hines.
One of the benchmarks of the Euroleague
Rudy is one of Europe's most successful basketball players. In his nine seasons at Real Madrid he has won two Euroleagues (2015 and 2018), has been twice chosen in the best five (2012-13 and 2013-14), another in the second best five (2014-15) and led the competition in recoveries (2013-14). In addition, he was the first player in the decade to score more than 2,000 points, provide more than 500 assists and recover more than 200 balls.
Carroll, among the best shooters ever
The North American shooting guard has played nine seasons with Real Madrid, in which he has won two Euroleagues (2015 and 2018). He was one of the stand out performers in the final won against Olympiacos (16 points). In addition, he led the competition last season in percentage of success in free throws (96%) and has one of the highest three pointers in history (42.4%).
Reyes, the record-breaker
The captain of Real Madrid is a legend in the Euroleague. This is the 16th edition of the top European competition that he has competed in and in this time has lifted the trophy of continental champions twice (2015 and 2018). In the 2014-15 season he was chosen in the best five. On the verge of reaching 3,000 points, the Whites' pivot is the historic leader in matches played (346), in total rebounds (1,782) and in offensive steals (695).
Llull, Real Madrid's DNA
The vice-captain is one of the leading lights of Pablo Laso's Real Madrid team, which is making its mark on the current era. In his 13 Euroleague campaigns, Llull has twice lifted the title (2015 and 2018), been named MVP (2016-16), made the best five (2016-2017) and the second best (2010-11). What's more, he also holds the record for the most assists dished in a Final Four semi (nine).
Doncic, the precocious academy talent
Luka Donic checked in at Real Madrid at the age of 13 and enjoyed three Euroleague campaigns as a member of the first term, which saw him establish himself as one of the major stars in the competition's recent history. In his first two seasons, he was named the best young player (the Rising Star award), whilst in the third he captured the title with Real Madrid. This year he featured in the best five and bagged the MVP of the Regular Season and also took the gong in the Final Four.
Randolph, touch of madridista class
We're talking about one of the most dangerous players in Europe and a man who boasts a natural talent for basketball, which he showcases in his role as power forward. This is his fifth Euroleague campaign, the last four of which have been with Real Madrid, where he tasted glory in 2018. He reached the Final Four during his time at Lokomotiv, where he also made the competition's second best five. Meanwhile, he holds the record for the highest number of offensive rebounds in a Final Four match-up (eight).