2018–19 EuroLeague

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Turkish Airlines EuroLeague1
Vitoria - Buesa Arena 01.jpg
Competition details
Season 2018–19
Teams 16
Dates 11 October 2018 – May 2019
1 Sponsored league name, referring to Turkish Airlines.

The 2018–19 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague is the 19th season of the modern era of Euroleague Basketball and the eighth under the title sponsorship of the Turkish Airlines. Including the competition's previous incarnation as the FIBA Europe Champions Cup, this will be the 62nd season of the premier competition for European men's clubs.

The season started on 11 October 2018 and will finish in May 2019.

The 2019 EuroLeague Final Four will be played at the Fernando Buesa Arena, in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

Teams[edit]

A total of 16 teams from 9 countries contest the league, including 11 sides with a long-term licence from the 2017–18 season, 1 team qualified from the EuroCup and the 4 highest-placed teams from the ABA League, the German Bundesliga, the VTB United League and the Spanish ACB.

Bayern Munich and Budućnost VOLI qualified, after clinching the Bundesliga and ABA League titles respectively. Khimki qualified as runner-up of the VTB United League. Herbalife Gran Canaria qualified as the highest-placed team in the Liga ACB without a long-term EuroLeague licence. Darüşşafaka qualified as the EuroCup champions, after beating Lokomotiv Kuban in the Finals.

Venues and locations[edit]

Team Home city Arena Capacity
Turkey Anadolu Efes Istanbul Sinan Erdem Dome 16,000
Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan Mediolanum Forum 12,700[1]
Germany Bayern Munich Munich Audi Dome 6,700
Montenegro Budućnost VOLI Podgorica Morača Sports Center 5,500[2]
Russia CSKA Moscow Moscow Megasport Arena 13,344[3]
Turkey Darüşşafaka Tekfen Istanbul Volkswagen Arena 5,240
Spain FC Barcelona Lassa Barcelona Palau Blaugrana 7,585[4]
Turkey Fenerbahçe Istanbul Ülker Sports Arena 13,059
Spain Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas Gran Canaria Arena 11,500
Russia Khimki Khimki Mytishchi Arena 7,280
Spain Kirolbet Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz Fernando Buesa Arena 15,504[5]
Israel Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Menora Mivtachim Arena 11,060[6]
Greece Olympiacos Piraeus Peace and Friendship Stadium 12,000[7]
Greece Panathinaikos OPAP Athens Olympic Sports Center Athens 18,989[8]
Spain Real Madrid Madrid WiZink Center 15,000[9]
Lithuania Žalgiris Kaunas Žalgirio Arena 15,552[10]

Personnel and sponsorship[edit]

Team Head coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Turkey Anadolu Efes Turkey Ergin Ataman Turkey Doğuş Balbay Adidas Anadolu Efes
Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Italy Simone Pianigiani Italy Andrea Cinciarini Armani Armani Exchange
Germany Bayern Munich Montenegro Dejan Radonjić Germany Danilo Barthel Adidas BayWa
Montenegro Budućnost VOLI Serbia Aleksandar Džikić Montenegro Suad Šehović Spalding VOLI
Russia CSKA Moscow Greece Dimitrios Itoudis United States Kyle Hines Nike Rostelecom
Turkey Darüşşafaka Tekfen Turkey Ahmet Çakı Turkey Oğuz Savaş Adidas Tekfen
Spain FC Barcelona Lassa Serbia Svetislav Pešić Croatia Ante Tomić Nike Lassa Tyres
Turkey Fenerbahçe Serbia Željko Obradović Turkey Melih Mahmutoğlu Nike Metro
Spain Herbalife Gran Canaria Spain Salva Maldonado Dominican Republic Eulis Báez Spalding Herbalife
Russia Khimki Greece Georgios Bartzokas Russia Sergei Monia Adidas Khimki Group
Spain Kirolbet Baskonia Spain Pedro Martínez Georgia (country) Tornike Shengelia Kelme Kirolbet
Israel Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv Croatia Neven Spahija Israel John DiBartolomeo Nike FOX
Greece Olympiacos Israel David Blatt Greece Vassilis Spanoulis Nike bwin
Greece Panathinaikos OPAP Spain Xavi Pascual Greece Nick Calathes Adidas Pame Stoixima
Spain Real Madrid Spain Pablo Laso Spain Felipe Reyes Adidas European University
Lithuania Žalgiris Lithuania Šarūnas Jasikevičius Lithuania Paulius Jankūnas ŽalgirisShop Orlen Lietuva

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced with Date of appointment
Spain Herbalife Gran Canaria Spain Luis Casimiro End of contract 13 June 2018[11] Pre-season Spain Salva Maldonado 26 June 2018[12]
Greece Olympiacos Greece Ioannis Sfairopoulos End of contract 26 June 2018[13] Israel David Blatt 27 June 2018[14]
Turkey Darüşşafaka Tekfen Israel David Blatt End of contract 30 June 2018 Turkey Ahmet Çakı 20 June 2018[15]

Regular season[edit]

In the regular season, teams play against each other home and away in a round-robin format. The top eight teams advance to the playoffs and the bottom eight teams are eliminated.

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification
1 Spain Real Madrid 7 7 0 642 531 +111 Advance to playoffs
2 Russia CSKA Moscow 7 7 0 621 556 +65
3 Turkey Fenerbahçe 7 6 1 590 549 +41
4 Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia 7 5 2 611 579 +32
5 Turkey Anadolu Efes 7 5 2 595 564 +31
6 Spain FC Barcelona Lassa 7 5 2 560 540 +20
7 Greece Panathinaikos OPAP 7 4 3 573 552 +21
8 Germany Bayern Munich 7 3 4 580 574 +6
9 Lithuania Žalgiris 7 3 4 550 550 0
10 Greece Olympiacos 7 3 4 552 560 −8
11 Spain Kirolbet Baskonia 7 2 5 555 567 −12
12 Spain Herbalife Gran Canaria 7 2 5 583 650 −67
13 Russia Khimki 7 1 6 556 584 −28
14 Israel Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 7 1 6 530 579 −49
15 Montenegro Budućnost VOLI 7 1 6 483 548 −65
16 Turkey Darüşşafaka Tekfen 7 1 6 528 626 −98
Updated to match(es) played on 17 November 2018. Source: EuroLeague
Rules for classification: All points scored in extra period(s) will not be counted in the standings, nor for any tie-break situation.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away EFS AXM BAY BUD CSK DTI FCB FNB HGC KHI KBA MTA OLY PAO RMB ZAL
Anadolu Efes 89–83 78–62 79–93
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia 81–80 85–90 81–80 85–91
Bayern Munich 71–90 79–93 116–70 77–71 80–79
Budućnost VOLI 71–82 99–84 68–78 67–72 60–72
CSKA Moscow 79–75 95–75 69–65
Darüşşafaka Tekfen 92–98 71–63 71–79
FC Barcelona Lassa 83–73 74–58
Fenerbahçe 88–84 97–72 93–85
Herbalife Gran Canaria 90–94 91–106 87–86 84–78
Khimki 84–85 80–87 87–72 66–87
Kirolbet Baskonia 82–56 72–74 80–85
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 86–89 66–87
Olympiacos 75–99 72–73 88–80
Panathinaikos OPAP 102–87 89–84 93–80 83–87
Real Madrid 89–55 109–93 79–74 97–79
Žalgiris 85–88 75–82 79–87 79–90
Updated to match(es) played on 17 November 2018. Source: EuroLeague
Colours: Blue = home team win; Red = away team win.
Matches with background in a lighter colour were decided after overtime.

Playoffs[edit]

Playoffs series are best-of-five. The first team to win three games wins the series. A 2–2–1 format is used – teams with home-court advantage play games 1, 2, and 5 at home, while their opponents host games 3 and 4. Games 4 and 5 are only played if necessary. The four victorious teams advance to the Final Four.

Final Four[edit]

The Final Four, held over a single weekend, is the last phase of the season. The four remaining teams play a single knockout round on Friday evening, with the two winners advancing to the championship game. Sunday starts with the third-place game, followed by the championship game. The Final Four will be played at the Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain in May 2019.[16]

Attendances[edit]

Attendances updated to match(es) played on 16 November 2018

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Lithuania Žalgiris 60,119 15,126 14,781 15,030 +10.8%
2 Greece Panathinaikos OPAP 46,067 17,345 7,487 11,517 −11.4%
3 Israel Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 21,498 10,898 10,600 10,749 +0.2%
4 Spain Kirolbet Baskonia 32,055 10,929 10,327 10,685 −5.9%
5 Spain Real Madrid 34,879 10,390 7,804 8,720 −13.1%
6 Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia 34,627 10,154 6,678 8,657 +15.9%
7 Russia CSKA Moscow 25,787 12,023 4,712 8,596 +4.7%
8 Greece Olympiacos 25,657 9,202 7,455 8,552 −4.1%
9 Spain Herbalife Gran Canaria 33,522 9,789 4,931 8,381 +106.5%1
10 Turkey Fenerbahçe 25,081 8,868 8,081 8,360 −27.7%
11 Turkey Anadolu Efes 17,928 7,031 5,348 5,976 +53.2%
12 Russia Khimki 23,722 7,151 4,921 5,931 −1.5%
13 Spain FC Barcelona Lassa 11,144 6,772 4,372 5,572 −1.9%
14 Montenegro Budućnost VOLI 22,780 4,919 4,409 4,556 +59.0%1
15 Germany Bayern Munich 20,114 5,519 3,259 4,023 −26.3%1
16 Turkey Darüşşafaka Tekfen 7,260 3,908 1,011 2,420 −7.3%1
League total 442,240 17,345 1,011 7,983 −9.1%

Source: EuroLeague
Notes:
1: 2017–18 season average applied to EuroCup games

Awards[edit]

MVP of the Round[edit]

Regular season
Round Player Team PIR Ref.
1 Czech Republic Jan Veselý Turkey Fenerbahçe 34 [17]
2 Serbia Nikola Milutinov Greece Olympiacos 33 [18]
Slovenia Anthony Randolph Spain Real Madrid
3 Turkey Scottie Wilbekin Israel Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 30 [19]
France Rodrigue Beaubois Turkey Anadolu Efes
4 France Nando de Colo Russia CSKA Moscow 27 [20]
5 Mexico Gustavo Ayón Spain Real Madrid 30 [21]
6 United States Cory Higgins Russia CSKA Moscow 28 [22]
7 Dominican Republic Eulis Báez Spain Herbalife Gran Canaria 32 [23]

MVP of the Month[edit]

Month Week Player Team Ref.
2018
October 1–4 Cape Verde Edy Tavares Spain Real Madrid [24]

Individual statistics[edit]

Rating[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Rating PIR
1. Russia Alexey Shved Russia Khimki 6 145 24.17
2. Czech Republic Jan Veselý Turkey Fenerbahçe 6 144 24.00
3. Lithuania Arturas Gudaitis Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia 7 140 20.00

Source: EuroLeague

Points[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Points PPG
1. Russia Alexey Shved Russia Khimki 6 155 25.83
2. United States Mike James Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia 7 133 19.00
3. Serbia Vladimir Micov Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia 7 118 16.86

Source: EuroLeague

Rebounds[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Rebounds RPG
1. Serbia Nikola Milutinov Greece Olympiacos 7 50 7.14
2. Cape Verde Edy Tavares Spain Real Madrid 7 50 7.14
3. United States Will Clyburn Russia CSKA Moscow 7 49 7.00

Source: EuroLeague

Assists[edit]

Rank Name Team Games Assists APG
1. Greece Nick Calathes Greece Panathinaikos Superfoods 7 60 8.57
2. United States Mike James Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia 7 48 6.86
3. Russia Alexey Shved Russia Khimki 6 42 7.00

Source: EuroLeague

Other statistics[edit]

Category Player Team Games Average
Steals Greece Nick Calathes Greece Panathinaikos Superfoods
7
2.14
Blocks Cape Verde Edy Tavares Spain Real Madrid
7
2.00
Turnovers Russia Alexey Shved Russia Khimki
6
4.17
Fouls drawn Russia Alexey Shved Russia Khimki
6
6.67
Minutes United States Mike James Italy AX Armani Exchange Olimpia
7
35:11

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "Olympiacos makes former EuroLeague champ Blatt head coach". EuroLeague.net. 27 June 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
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  17. ^ "Round 1 MVP: Jan Vesely, Fenerbahce Istanbul". EuroLeague. 13 October 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Round 2 co-MVPs: Nikola Milutinov, Olympiacos and Anthony Randolph, Madrid". EuroLeague. 18 October 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  19. ^ "Round 3 co-MVPs: Scottie Wilbekin, Maccabi and Rodrigue Beaubois, Efes". EuroLeague. 20 October 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  20. ^ "Round 4 MVP: Nando De Colo, CSKA Moscow". EuroLeague. 27 October 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  21. ^ "Round 4 MVP: Nando De Colo, CSKA Moscow". EuroLeague. 3 November 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  22. ^ "Round 6 MVP: Cory Higgins, CSKA Moscow". EuroLeague. 10 November 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  23. ^ "Round 7 MVP: Eulis Báez, CSKA Moscow". EuroLeague. 17 November 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  24. ^ "MVP for October: Walter Tavares, Real Madrid". EuroLeague. 29 October 2018.

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