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RealGM's 2011-12 Euroleague Awards

As the Euroleague season begins to come to an end and four teams are just two wins away from winning the title at the Final Four, RealGM presents its award winners.

Andrei Kirilenko of CSKA Moscow is this season’s winner of the Euroleague MVP award. The 31-year-old forward averaged 14 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 blocks and has also led his team all the way to the final four with second best record in the league, 18-2.

The RealGM All-Euroleague First Team consists of last season’s MVP Dimitris Diamantidis of Panathinaikos and Montepaschi’s Bo McCalebb at guard, Kirilenko and FC Barcelona Regal’s Erazem Lorbek at forward, and another member of CSKA, Nenad Krstic at center.

The RealGM All-Euroleague Second Team includes Unics' Henry Domercant, Olympiacos' Vassilis Spanoulis and FC Barcelona Regal’s Juan Carlos Navarro at guard, Gescrap BB’s Marko Banic at forward, and Real’s young star Nikola Mirotic at center.

Banic is also the winner of the Euroelague Rookie of the Year Award, while CSKA’s Alexey Shved was the RealGM pick to win the Most Improved Played Award.

Fotios Katsikaris of Gescrap BB was named as the 2011-12 Euroleague Coach of the Year, while Real’s Jaycee Carroll is the winner of the 2011-12 Euroleague Sixth Man of the Year Award.

RealGM's 201-12 Euroleague season awards:

Euroleague MVP

Andrei Kirilenko (CSKA)

All-Euroleague 1st Team

Bo McCalebb (Montepaschi) – 16.9 points (53% 3FG), 2.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists in 28 minutes

Dimitris Diamantidis (Panathinaikos) - 11.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists in 30 minutes

Andrei Kirilenko (CSKA) – 14 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.9 blocks in 29 minutes

Erazem Lorbek (FC Barcelona Regal) – 13.8 points, 4.7 rebounds in 25 minutes

Nenad Krstic (CSKA) – 14.7 points, 5.9 rebounds in 24 minutes

All-Euroleague 2nd Team

Vassilis Spanoulis (Olympiacos) – 16.5 points, 2 rebounds, 3.9 assists in 30 minutes

Henry Domercant (Unics) – 15.5 points (50% 3FG), 3.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists in 32 minutes

Juan Carlos Navarro (FC Barcelona Regal) – 13.3 points, 3.2 assists in 25 minutes

Marko Banic (Gescrap BB) – 13.3 points, 4 rebounds in 25 minutes

Nikola Mirotic (Real) – 12.5 points, 4.5 rebounds in 23 minutes

Rookie of the Year

Marko Banic (Gescrap BB)

All-Rookie 1st Team

Jaycee Carroll (Real) – 14.2 points, 2.6 rebounds in 22 minutes

Sonny Weems (Zalgiris) – 15.5 points, 5 rebounds, 1.3 assists in 30 minutes

Krunoslav Simon (KK Zagreb) – 13.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists in 30 minutes

Marcus Slaughter (Brose Baskets) – 11.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.7 steals in 26 minutes

Marko Banic (Gescrap BB)

All-Rookie 2nd Team

Acie Law (Olympiacos) – 9.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists in 26 minutes

Jamal Shuler (SLUC Nancy) – 11.2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists in 29 minutes

Aaron Jackson (Gescrap BB) – 9.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists in 25 minutes

Anthony Tucker (Brose Baskets) – 8.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists in 23 minutes

Joshua Shipp (Galatasaray) – 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds in 28 minutes

Coach of the Year

Fotios Katsikaris (Gescrap BB)

Most Improved Player Award

Alexey Shved (CSKA) – 10.7 points (50% 3FG), 2.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists in 22 minutes

Sixth Man Award

Jaycee Carroll (Real)

Top-5 Storylines Of Euroleague's Top-16 Stage

After a three-week break, Euroleague teams are finally back on track as the Top 16 (the competition's second round) is about to start. With 16 teams left, RealGM presents the Top Five storylines to keep an eye on.

• The Euroleague Top 16 curse of Zalgiris

It seems that Zalgiris Kaunas has finally got back on winning track as they grabbed its eighth win in a row on Sunday by beating Astana in a VTB League game. The Lithuanians finished the Euroleague regular season with two wins and they also got their confidence back. There is no doubt that Zalgiris' roster is strong enough to compete with Bennet Cantu or even with Maccabi Tel Aviv, but as past shows, no matter how good Kaunas team looks, they usually collapse completely in Top 16 stage.

In last eight years, Zalgiris won only three and shockingly lost 26 games in the Top 16. Now Sonny Weems and his teammates has a chance to break Zalgiris' curse of Top 16.

• CSKA make a run for the Euroleague title

The only undefeated and undoubtedly the best European team at the moment, CSKA had a brilliant first half of the season. A 10-0 record in Euroleague, 7-1 in Russian championship and 8-1 in VTB league. 25 wins and only two losses in the first four months would be a result of dreams for any team. However, the main fights are still ahead, but as Andrei Kirilenko, the leading Euroleague MVP candidate, declared he is staying in Moscow for the whole season, CSKA is not afraid of anything.

Despite upcoming long flights to Turkey and Greece, it is more than difficult to expect teams like Olympiacos, Anadolu Efes or Galatasaray to stop mighty CSKA.

• Mallet replacing Farmar

With signing Jordan Farmar and making him Maccabi's leader, the Israeli club took a big risk. Farmar, who after returning to the NBA, most of the time sits on Nets' bench, became a European star, and Maccabi was where it used to be - among elite. However, those days are over and now Maccabi has to get use to playing with its new point guard.

Demond Mallet, the newest acquisition of Maccabi, was simply dominant on a losing team in Spirou, and now have to prove what he is capable of with Tel Aviv. Mallet, who will turn 34 next month, has been averaging 18.9 points per game with Spirou, but joining Maccabi and replacing Farmar will be a whole new story.

• Panathinaikos chances of repeating as champions

Same as last season, this year's Panathinaikos looks a bit sleepy -- it is still one of title contenders, but not the top team in the league full of superstars. Writing off Panathinaikos would be a huge mistake -- especially as Zeljko Obradovic is still in Athens, same as Dimitris Diamantidis and Sarunas "golden boy" Jasikevicius. Repeating as Euroleague champions has never been easy, but being underrated and under-appreciated could make this task a bit easier.

• The post-lockout stage of Euroleague

Yes, the NBA lockout ended more than a month ago, but we still didn't have a real chance to see how the Euroleague teams will look like in the post-lockout era. The regular season results were based on this period when NBA players were still here -- they appeared in eight out of ten games -- and in Top 16 stage we will finally see who is who without temporary help from overseas.

Euroleague Power Rankings Ahead Of Top-16 Stage

In order to determine an objective team rankings, we calculate the difference between a team's own FIC per game and their opponents' FIC for the entire season.

The FIC is a single statistical measurement that encompasses things such as scoring efficiency, rebounding, blocked shots, etc. Its purpose is to combine the box score into one statistic, both on a team level and for players. 

With the Euroleague Regular Season complete, the following is the current rankings heading into the Top-16 phase.

Barcelona, CSKA, Fenerbahce Ulker and Real Madrid headline four groups of the Top-16.
1. Barcelona Regal: 39.5   

Erazem Lorbek, Juan Navarro, Pete Mickeal, Marcelinho Huertas and Chuck Eidson are each averaging better than nine points per game.

2. CSKA Moscow: 35.0  

CSKA averages 1.65 assists for every turnover, which leads all Euroleague teams.

3. Real Madrid: 26.2  

Madrid leads all teams in total shooting percentage at 173.6%. Nikola Mirotic has particularly helped in this category with a TS% of 69.8%.

4. Panathinaikos: 20.6  

Panathinaikos leads Euroleague in steal percentage at 12.1%.

5. Montepaschi Siena: 12.2 

McCalebb has an unreal True Shooting Percentage of 83.3% in six Euroleague games, making 40 of his 54 field goal attempts.

6. Caja Laboral: 11.4  

Mirza Teletovic led all scorers with 22.0 points per game.

7. Maccabi Tel Aviv: 10.5  

Sofoklis Schortsanitis has a usage rating of 37.7% while scoring 1.7 points per shot.

8. UNICS Kazan: 9.3  

UNICS is assisting on less than 50% of their made field goals, with Henry Domercant scoring 16.6 points per game.

9. Bilbao Basket: 7.9  

D’or Fischer has made 37 of his 52 shot attempts for a FG% of 71.2%.

10. Olympiacos: 3.9  

Vassilis Spanoulis has either scored or assisted on 39.8% of the buckets made by Olympiacos in Euroleague play.

11. Fenerbahce Ulker: 0.2  

Thabo Sefolosha led the team in rebounds (6.0) and steals (2.1) per game in his seven Euroleague appearances.

12. Armani Milano: -1.5  

Danilo Gallinari averaged 16.4 points per game for Milan, with his high coming in his last Euroleague game on November 24th.

13. Anadolu Efes: -1.9  

Ersan Ilyasova had a PER of 25.0 in his eight Euroleague games.

14. Bennet Cantu: -3.7  

With Vladimir Micov, Maarty Leunen, Giorgi Shermadini, Manuchar Markosihvili and Gianluca Basile averaging between 8.1 points and 10.5 points per game, the team has very balanced scoring.

15. Brose Baskets: -4.2  

Brose Baskets has several American players, with Marcus Slaughter leading in points, rebounds, blocks and steals, and Casey Jacobsen leading in assists. P.J. Tucker also is averaging a solid 8.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

16. Unicaja Malaga: -4.2  

Joel Freeland is averaging 13.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, leading the team in both categories.

17. Galatasaray: -6.4  

Darius Songaila leads the team in usage, but has a TS% of just 47.0%.

18. KK Partizan: -10.9  

Nikola Pekovic and Milan Macvan are averaging a virtually identical 14.4 and 15.3 points per game.

19. Zalgiris: -15.9  

Sonny Weems leads Zalgiris in points per game and is fifth overall in Euroleague.

20. Nancy Basket: -19.8  

Batum played in six Euroleague games, averaging 15.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists, though he also averaged 4.7 turnovers.

21. Belgacom Spirou Basket: -22.3  

Former McNeese State product Demond Mallet is averaging 16.4 points per game in league play and 18.9 in Euroleague.

22. Asseco Prokom Gdynia: -23.6  

Donatas Motiejunas led the Euroleague in rebounds per game at 8.2.

23. Union Olimpija: -30.6  

Olimpija was outscored by 15.6 points per game.

24. KK Zagreb: -31.8

Josh Heytvelt averaged 10.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while doing a lot of his damage from distance, including hitting seven three-pointers in a game against Brose Baskets.

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