Euroleague Player Rankings: Point Guards
With the 12-13 Euroloeague season ready to go, RealGM presents the ultimate positional rankings of the league's best players. In this first edition, RealGM ranked the elite points guards from one to ten.
1. Bo McCalebb (Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, Turkey)
Statistics in 2011-2012 (Euroleague): 16.9 points (53% 3FG) and 2.7 assists.
After spending only three seasons in the Euroleague, Bo McCalebb, at the age of 27, became a true phenomena and the most wanted point guard in the whole league. Lucky for Fenerbahce Ulker this offseason, Simone Pianigiani and the Turkish club managed to sign the Euroleague's top scorer, who joined his former coach and teammates from Montepaschi Siena. McCalebb's offensive skills might finally bring victories to Turkey, who haven't reached the Euroleague Final four since 2001.
2. Dimitris Diamantidis (Panathinaikos Athens, Greece)
Statistics in 2011-2012 (Euroleague): 11.5 points (43% 3FG), 3.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists.
Dimitris Diamantidis, 32, who went from defensive standout to offensive weapon over the past few seasons, is a player you would like to build a Euroleague team around. A very consistent and true leader, Diamantidis has everything it takes to be a top guard in the league and his versatility makes him among the very best at any position.
3. Milos Teodosic (CSKA Moscow, Russia)
Statistics in 2011-2012 (Euroleague): 10.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 5 assists.
Milos Teodosic's debut in Moscow wasn't as sweet as it could had been, as CSKA dropped a last second loss against his former team of four seasons, Olympiakos, in the Euroleague final. Teodosic would be a Euroleague champion by now if he stayed in Olympiakos, but it won't the one and only opportunity for the 25-year-old playmaker. Clearly, Teodosic will have better chances than any other point guard on this list to grab the title this season with his current team CSKA.
4. Jordan Farmar (Anadolu Efes, Istanbul)
Statistics in 2011-2012 (NBA): 10.4 points and 3.3 assists.
After playing only seven games with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Farmar was back to the NBA, where he averaged career-best 10.4 points per game. Under coach David Blatt, the 25-year-old Farmar was playing like a star and MVP candidate and there are no reasons why he couldn't do that with his new team, Anadolu Efes.
5. Marcelinho Huertas (FC Regal Barcelona, Spain)
Statistics in 2011-2012 (Euroleague): 8.5 points and 4.4 assists.
The 29-year-old Marcelinho Huertas is definitely at his prime right now and his stock raised even further after a successful performance in London Olympic games. Huertas draw basketball fans' attention with his playmaking skills and court vision as he finished the Olympics second in assists category (averaged six assists per game). As the Brazilian's contract with FC Regal Barcelona ends in 2015, it wouldn't be a big surprise to see Huertas going to the States and joining an NBA team.
6. Sergio Rodriguez (Real Madrid, Spain)
Statistics in 2011-2012 (Euroleague): 7.4 points (47 3FG%) and 5.4 assists.
Having a player like Sergio Rodriguez makes things a lot easier for the entire Real Madrid team. Rodriguez has never been the most athletically gifted player on court, but his quickness and passing skills - he was the second in assists category last season, 5.4 per game - makes him one of the best point guards in Europe. Moreover, the 26-year-old Rodriguez has been playing for the Spanish national team since he was 19 and that grew him as a player and made him an important weapon in clutch situations.
7. Dontaye Draper (Real Madrid, Spain)
Statistics in 2011-2012 (Eurocup): 13.8 points and 2.6 assists.
Rodriguez's teammate and Real Madrid newcomer Donatya Draper might be the best-kept secret that will make his debut in Euroleague this season. Draper, a 28-year old well-built, athletic playmaker, last season proved again with Cedevita that he can be the main offensive weapon, averaging 13.8 points per game in Eurocup. His performance in EuroBasket 2011 (Draper plays for the Croatian national team despite being from the United States) also proved his versatility, as he was a pass-first type point guard and averaged seven assists per game.
8. Omar Cook (EA7 Emporio Armani Milan, Italy)
Statistics in 2011-12 (Euroleague): 7.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists.
Omar Cook, another American point guard on this list, is entering his fifth straight Euroleague season and most likely with the highest ambitions he ever had. The 30-year-old Cook led the league in assists last season, with 5.7 per game, and it seems he will remain among leaders in that category as Olimpia Milano added such offensive weapons like Keith Langford and Gianluca Basile to their squad.
9. Roko Ukic (Panathinaikos Athens, Greece)
Statistics in 2011-12 (Euroleague): 11.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
After Roko Ukic came back from the NBA in 2010 and joined Fenerbahce Ulker, it was believed that the Croatian could become a dominant point guard in the Euroleague and help the Turkish club to reach more than just Top 16. While Ukic has proved he's among the best, he hasn't demonstrated he has what it takes to be a game changer. A new team, new circumstances and another chance is waiting for Ukic with Panathinaikos, who will desperately need the best of him this season.
10. Zoran Planinic (Khimki Moscow region, Russia)
Statistics in 2011-12 (Eurocup): 11.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists.
Last season's Eurocup Finals MVP, Zoran Planinic was one of the main reasons why Khimki made a comeback to the Euroleague. As Khimki didn't bring any dominant players, Planinic's role is going to be even bigger this season as he is expected to lead Khimki in this year's competition and make his teammates better than they ever been.
Honorable Mention: Aaron Jackson, CSKA.