Dec 17, 2014 7:41 PM EST
As the 14-15 Euroleague regular season comes to an end, RealGM continues to present the ultimate positional rankings of the league's best players. In the fifth and final edition, we rank the elite point guards from one to ten.
1. Milos Teodosic (CSKA, Russia)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 17.4 points, 3 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 3.8 turnovers.
There have been multiple times when Serbian Milos Teodosic received criticism for underperforming in crucial games and not meeting the expectations after winning Euroleague MVP award in 2010. However, 2014 was the year when Teodosic made the leap and became one of the most spectacular players in Europe. The 27-year-old point guard averaged 13.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and carried Serbia to the final game of the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Teodosic also demonstrated great range from close distance while he was also making 48 percent of shots from beyond the arc. Teodosic continues his great play in Euroleague too, where, despite missing half of the games due to injury, he averages MVP-worthy numbers.
2. Sergio Rodriguez (Real, Spain)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 10.6 points and 5.9 assists.
Sergio Rodriguez was not only the best point guard in the league last season, but undoubtedly the most dominating player overall. Despite not starting in a single Euroleague game during the 13-14 season, Rodriguez won MVP while Real Madrid, which was one game short from winning the title, was the most impressive team throughout the whole season. Nevertheless, this season is a different story as Rodriguez and his team are no longer as unstoppable as they were last year. Rodriguez is not scoring as much as in 13-14, but so far he has been great at involving his teammates and organizing the offense. For example, Rodriguez leads the league in assists per turnover rating (6.7) as he dished out 47 assists while committing seven turnovers in nine games.
3. Nando De Colo (CSKA, Russia)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 14.9 points (95 FT%), 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
Nando De Colo, who missed the 2014 FIBA World Cup due to a fractured hand, spends a lot of time playing shooting guard this season and forms the strongest backcourt in the Euroleague with Milos Teodosic. Teodosic and De Colo combine to score 32.3 points, grab 6.6 rebounds and dish out 10.5 assists for the only undefeated Euroleague team, CSKA Moscow. De Colo’s game in 14-15 might become historical as he is also on his way to join the Euroleague 50-40-90 club. Following the ninth round of the regular season, De Colo's percentages are 57 from close range, 40 from beyond the arc and 95 from the free throw line.
4. Jeremy Pargo (Maccabi, Israel)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 12.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists.
After spending the 13-14 season on CSKA’s bench and averaging five points in 15 minutes, Jeremy Pargo went back where he reached his career peak in 10-11. As he did four years ago, Pargo has a chance to demonstrate his outstanding athleticism, ball-handling skills and leadership. Pargo could be considered a serious candidate to win the Euroleague MVP award this year if he improves his three-point shooting percentage and becomes more consistent. For instance, in two regular season games against his former team CSKA Moscow, Pargo made only four out of 23 shots, while he scored in double figures in just four out of nine games this year.
5. Dimitris Diamantidis (Panathinaikos, Greece)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 5.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
For the first time in his career, Dimitris Diamantidis averages more assists (5.9) than points (5.4) per game. In his first four Euroleague games, Diamantidis made only two field goals while recording 29 assists. The 34-year-old Panathinaikos symbol has never been an elite scorer, but it is obvious that his career now is in decline. Despite he can still run Panathinaikos’ offense and occasionally shine in a game or two, he averages career-low 5.4 points, makes career-low 25 percent of three-pointers and makes career-low 0.8 steals per game.
6. Marcelinho Huertas (FC Barcelona, Spain)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 9.2 points (50 3FG%), 3.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
The 31-year-old has been one of the Euroleague's most reliable playmakers for the past five years. As this is his contract year, Huertas slightly raised his statistical numbers - points from 8.2 to 9.2, rebounds from 2 to 3.3 and assists from 3.8 to 4.3 - while FC Barcelona traditionally remains among contenders to win the title. Last week’s game against Fenerbahce Ulker was one of the best in Huertas’ career as the Brazilian guard scored career-high 25 points in the overtime loss. No doubt, even at the age of 32, Huertas will be one of the most demanded point guards once he becomes a free agent in the upcoming offseason.
7. Sergio Llull (Real, Spain)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 11.1 points (44 3FG%), 2 rebounds and 4.6 assists.
Sergio Llull played an essential role for Real last seson, which started by winning 31 games in a row and was the most dominant team in Europe. However, this season Real does not seem to be unbeatable and Llull is not the one to be blamed for that. Same as last season, Llull starts games at point guard position, but spends a lot of time playing at two alongside Sergio Rodriguez, as he is a big threat from behind the three-point line (44 3FG% this Euroleague season). Lull averages almost identical numbers as in 13-14 and due to his quickness as usual he is capable to contribute more on offensive end of the floor than on defense.
8. Thomas Heurtel (Laboral Kutxa, Spain)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 12.7 points (55 3FG%), 2.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists.
The last four months for 25-year-old Thomas Heurtel were the best in of his career. Heurtel successfully replaced De Colo and became a starting point guard for France in the 2014 FIBA World Cup while he has also made the leap in Euroleague this season, which helped him to climb the ladder and become the eighth best point guard in our ranking. Heurtel, who averaged only one point and 0.9 assist in 2013 EuroBasket, stepped up in 2014 FIBA World Cup, where he averaged 12.6 points and 3.8 assists throughout last five games. One of the best ball-handlers in the Euroleague continues his great performance as he ranks third in assists (6.7) and fourth in three-point shooting (55 3FG%).
9. Daniel Hackett (EA7 Emporio Armani, Italy)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 14 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
Daniel Hackett made a huge leap in his career last season, when he took the challenge to take Bobby Brown’s role for Montepaschi Siena. Hackett carried his team on his shoulders and helped them get three regular season wins while the point guard finished four regular season games with 24 performance index rating (PIR) points or more and was an absolute Euroleague leader in drawn fouls. After joining EA7 Emporio Armani, Hackett’s role decreased due to huge competition among backcourt players, but this year he is the most important player on a team, which already secured a place in Top 16. Hackett gets the most playing time of all EA7 Emporio Armani players (30 minutes) and leads the team in scoring (14), assists (4.3) and steals (1.1).
10. Carlos Arroyo (Galatasaray, Turkey)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 14 points, 1.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists.
Despite being 35, Carlos Arroyo still proves himself capable of playing 31 minutes per game as a leading scorer on a Euroleague team. For example, in week six’s game against Crvena Zvezda, Arroyo played all 50 minutes - regular time and two overtimes - without rest and scored a career-high 26 points. Moreover, Arroyo scored in double figures in 23 out of his last 27 Euroleague games and demonstrates that he has plenty left in the tank. Arroyo can be a dominant player if he gets enough freedom, but due to low shooting percentages, he would likely not be as efficient as he is now on a winning Euroleague team.
Nov 29, 2014 4:52 PM EST
As the 14-15 Euroleague season goes on, RealGM continues to present the ultimate positional rankings of the league's best players. In the fourth edition, we rank the elite shooting guards from one to ten.
1. Vassilis Spanoulis (Olympiacos, Greece)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 19.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 turnovers.
The 32-year-old was an undeniable leader of Olympiacos team over the past four seasons. Same as in previous years, Spanoulis remains one of the best scorers and most influential players in the league, who always has the ball at crunch time. Spanoulis also demonstrates this season that Euroleague titles and MVP prizes did not take away his appetite as he scored career-high 34 points against Neptunas in Week 3 game and his team is among those which earned an early ticket to Top 16 with perfect 6-1 record.
2. Rudy Fernandez (Real, Spain)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 9.7 points (92% FT), 3.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
Due to a right hand injury, Rudy Fernandez has appeared in only three Euroleague games so far this season and in general was not as efficient as he was last season. The guard scored 14 points, grabbed four boards and dished out six assists against low caliber Niznhy Novgorod but overall averages career-low 9.7 points, while shooting career-low 30% from the floor. Still, it is an early stage of the season and that did not affect Fernandez’s position in RealGM positional rankings. Considering that 13-14 season was the best in Fernandez Euroleague career, the former member of thePortland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets deserves to be called the second best shooting guard in the league.
3. Andrew Goudelock (Fenerbahce Ulker, Turkey)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 19.3 points (44% 3FG), 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
Andrew Goudelock’s career in Europe is skyrocketing. Last season's Eurocup MVP, Goudelock needed no time to adjust to the highest European level and he is now on a way to possibly win the Euroleague MVP award in his debut season. Surprisingly, Goudelock was ignored by his teammates at crunch time against FC Barcelona and in the very next game he proved them to be wrong. In the game against Bayern Munich, Goudelock managed to make it to the Euroleague history by becoming the first man to sink 10 three-pointers in a single game. One of the league’s leading scorer has been also incredibly reliable as he turned the ball over only five times in 217 minutes he played.
4. Juan Carlos Navarro (FC Barcelona, Spain)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 10 points, 2.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists.
As this is his 17th season with FC Barcelona, 34-year-old veteran Juan Carlos Navarro is the symbol and heart of the Catalonian club. Same as for Fernandez, the beginning of the season was not ideal for Navarro, who averages career-low 10 points per game and makes only 32 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. Navarro tries to rather involve his teammates than score by himself as he averages career-high 4.4 assists per game. However, Navarro has been always known for being clutch and ready when his team needs him in the most important postseason moments.
5. Keith Langford (Unics, Russia)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 17.4 points, 3 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
Keith Langford is one of the most efficient Euroleague scorers when his team plays run and gun style of basketball. Traditionally, Langford is among top scorers in the league as he averages over 17 points per game for the third straight season. Langford is also a player who never shies away from the contact and no surprise he is ranked second in terms of drawn fouls (7.6 per game). Nevertheless, this is not enough for Unics to becoming a winning team as they have a losing record (3-4) and might become the biggest upset of the season.
6. Jaycee Carroll (Real, Spain)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 10.1 points (44% 3FG, 92% FT), 1.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists.
If there would be a ranking of the league's biggest offensive threats coming off the bench for the past three seasons, Jaycee Carroll would be an undoubtedly number one. However, Carroll played his career game on a very rare night when he had actually to be in a starting five. Week 3’s game against Nizhny Novgorod was the first Carroll’s start since 2012 and the guard scored a career-high 32 points, making seven three-pointers out of nine attempts.
7. Bogdan Bogdanovic (Fenerbahce Ulker, Turkey)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 8.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
After having a great season last year and averaging 14.8 points per game in Euroleague, Bogdan Bogdanovic played an important role while playing for Serbian national team in 2014 FIBA World Cup. At the age of 22, Bogdanovic averaged 27 minutes and 9.4 points per game, including 15 points performance in the final against Team USA. Bogdanovic left his home country this summer and joined Zeljko Obradovic’s Fenerbahce Ulker where he also became an important part of the team straightaway. It seems Bogdanovic is not rushing to join the Phoenix Suns, which drafted him with the 27th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, and will continue to develop his game in Europe over the next few years.
8. Ricky Hickman (Fenerbahce Ulker, Turkey)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 9.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
Ricky Hickman played a very important role for 2014 Euroleague champion Maccabi as he was a consistent starter and scorer throughout the season. Hickman had his career performance in an opening playoffs series game against EA7 Emporio Armani, where he scored 26 points grabbed four boards, while he was also one of the most influential players in the final, where he finished the game with 18 points and six rebounds. However, the guard has a different role with his new team, Fenerbahce Ulker, where Hickman provides instant offence by coming off the bench.
9. James Anderson (Zalgiris, Lithuania)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 16.3 points (41% 3FG, 85% FT), 6.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
It was quite a surprise to see James Anderson, who averaged 10.1 points per game in the NBA last season while playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, signing with mid-level European team Zalgiris Kaunas and taking a challenge to carry Lithuanian club to the Top 16. So far Anderson is extremely effective in his role as he averages 16.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Anderson’s amazing performance against Unics was also one of the best in recent years for Zalgiris as the guard scored 27 points, grabbed 11 boards and dished out four assists. Considering the job Anderson already did in first seven weeks, he seems to be one of the biggest offseason steals in Euroleague.
10. Nihad Djedovic (Bayern, Germany)
Statistics in 2014-15 (Euroleague): 11.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
Although it is just a beginning of the season, the early improvement of Nihad Djedovic’s game proves that Bayern Munich made the right decision to extent the contract with the 24-year-old shooting guard for two more years. Despite his still young age, Djedovic seems to be very matured while playing big roles for both Bayern and Bosnian national team and successfully uses his experience wisely in the Euroleague so far this. Djedovic averages 11.7 points for the second straight season but that is not enough for Bayern to get on a winning path as they won only one game out of seven.
May 01, 2014 12:54 AM EDT
As the Euroleague season comes to an end, RealGM again presents the most outstanding players of Euroleague.
Sergio Rodriguez of Real Madrid is the winner of the RealGM Euroleague MVP award for the 2013-14 season. The 27-year-old point guard has improved all of his main statistical numbers this season, averaging 13.5 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Rodriguez has also helped his team, which holds a 24-5 record this season, to defeat 2011-12 and 2012-13 Euroleague champions Olympiakos Piraeus in the playoffs to reach the Final Four.
Rodriguez is also the winner of the 2013-14 Euroleague Sixth Man of the Year Award as the playmaker came off the bench in every of 29 Euroleague games he played this season.
The RealGM All-Euroleague First Team consists of EA7 Emporio Armani's Keith Langford and Rodriguez at guard, CSKA's Sonny Weems and Real's Nikola Mirotic at forward and FC Barcelona's Ante Tomic at center.
The RealGM All-Euroleague Second Team includes guards Malcolm Delaney of Bayern and Rudy Fernandez of Real, forwards Emir Preldzic of Fenerbahce Ulker and Derrick Brown of Lokomotiv Kuban, and center Bryan Dunston of Olympiakos.
Malcolm Delaney is the winner of the Euroelague Rookie of the Year Award, while 21-year-old Bogdan Bogdanovic of Partizan was the RealGM pick to win the Most Improved Played Award.
Pablo Laso of Real was named as the 2012-13 Euroleague Coach of the Year.
Sergio Rodriguez (Real)
All-Euroleague 1st Team
Sergio Rodriguez (Real) - 13.5 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists in 23 minutes
Keith Langford (EA7 Emporio Armani) - 17.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 30 minutes
Sonny Weems (CSKA) - 12.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 29 minutes
Nikola Mirotic (Real) - 12.2 points (46 3FG%), 4.6 rebounds in 24 minutes
Ante Tomic (FC Barcelona) - 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds in 22 minutes
All-Euroleague 2nd Team
Malcolm Delaney (Bayern) - 13.9 points, 3.4 rebounds in 4.5 assists in 28 minutes
Rudy Fernandez (Real) - 13.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 27 minutes
Emir Preldzic (Fenerbahce Ulker) - 10.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 29 minutes
Derrick Brown (Lokomotiv Kuban) - 13.9 points, 4.5 rebounds in 29 minutes
Bryant Dunston (Olympiakos) - 10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds in 25 minutes
Sixth Man Award
Sergio Rodriguez (Real)
Most Improved Player Award
Bogdan Bogdanovic (Partizan) - 14.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 32 minutes
Coach of the Year
Pablo Laso (Real)
Rookie of the Year
Malcolm Delaney (Bayern)
All-Rookie 1st Team
Bryant Dunston (Olympiakos)
Derrick Brown (Lokomotiv Kuban)
Justin Dentmon (Zalgiris) - 16.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 30 minutes
Malcolm Delaney (Bayern)
Matthew Lojeski (Olympiakos) - 11.1 points (43 3FG%), 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 25 minutes
All-Rookie 2nd Team
John Bryant (Bayern) - 7.8 points, 6.5 rebounds in 21 minutes
Lamont Hamilton (Laboral Kutxa) - 10.3 points, 3.6 rebounds in 19 minutes
Scotty Hopson (Anadolu Efes) - 15.5 points (48 3FG%), 4.2 rebounds in 29 minutes
Vladimir Dragicevic (Stelmet) - 14.7 points, 6.7 rebounds in 28 minutes
Will Daniels (JSF Nanterre) -11.5 points, 4.7 rebounds in 21 minutes
Dec 10, 2013
With less than two weeks remaining until the end of its regular season, RealGM presents the Euroleague Power Rankings. We evaluated and ranked all 24 teams' performance over their first eight games and their perspective for the next rounds.
Nov 12, 2013
Fenerbahce Ulker, Real Madrid, Olympiacos, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Anadolu Efes and CSKA are at the top of RealGM's Euroleague rankings.
Oct 28, 2013
While Real Madrid, Fenerbahce Ulker, CSKA Moscow and Olympiacos are at the top of the table and our rankings, Alexis Ajinca has been playing like an MVP candidate.
Feb 07, 2013
Bobby Brown, Viktor Khryapa, Vassilis Spanoulis, Rudy Fernandez, Nenad Krstic, Jordan Farmar, Sonny Weems and Ante Tomic are all candidates to win the Euroleague MVP this season.
Jan 10, 2013
Over the past couple of season Dontaye Draper has established himself in Europe as a pass-first type Euroleague point guard with excellent scoring skills.
Dec 26, 2012
Nikola Mirotic, Nenad Krstic, Erazem Lorbek, Ioannis Bourousis, Darjus Lavrinovic, Sofoklis Schorstanitis and David Andersen are amongst the best centers in Euroleague.
Dec 06, 2012
Viktor Khryapa, Georgios Printezis, Felipe Reyes, Paulius Jankunas, Marcus Slaughter and Mike Batiste are amongst the best power forwards in Euroleague this season.
Oct 26, 2012
The shooting guard position in Euroleague is headlined by Vassilis Spanoulis, Rudy Fernandez, Juan Carlos Navarro, Fernando San Emeterio, Jaycee Carroll and Keith Langford.
Oct 09, 2012
With Bo McCalebb, Dimitris Diamantidis, Milos Teodosic, Jordan Farmar, Marcelinho Huertas and Sergio Rodriguez, the point guard position has a lot of high quality talent in Europe.
Sep 06, 2012
The 2012-13 Euroleague regular season will begin on October 19th and here are RealGM's preseason power rankings with CSKA, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Fenerbahce Ulker and Olympiacos comprising the top-five.
Apr 17, 2012
Jaycee Carroll has always been known as a talented scorer, but only this season has Utah State’s all-time leading scorer had a chance to demonstrate his skills on the biggest European scene.
Apr 10, 2012
Andrei Kirilenko, Dimitris Diamantidis, Bo McCalebb, Erazem Lorbek and Nenad Krstic were outstanding throughout the 2011-12 Euroleague season.
Jan 18, 2012
With 16 teams left, RealGM presents the Top Five storylines of Euroleague to keep an eye with teams like CSKA, Zalgiris, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Panathinaikos look to advance.
Dec 28, 2011
Barcelona, CSKA, Real Madrid, Panathinaikos and Montepaschi Siena headline our objective Euroleague Power Rankings.
Dec 15, 2011
An easy win for CSKA over Panathinaikos, plus Real Madrid beats Partizan in Kyle Singler's Euroleague debut.
Dec 02, 2011
Round 7 of the Euroleague Regular Season featured a number of competitive games and some fantastic individual performances, but the game of the round featured a tightly contested battle between two powerhouse clubs from Russia and Germany.
Oct 26, 2011
The Spanish league is the strongest domestic league in the world not named the NBA, and also has had great parity with four teams winning its title over the past seven years.
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