Turkish Airlines EuroLeague fans expressed their love for long-time stars of their favorite teams in the Fans Choice All-Decade Team by Team survey. That was one of the main takeaways from the results following three weeks of voting for the best players from the competition’s top teams over the last decade. Here is a deep dive into what else the survey revealed.
Shved tops all vote-getters
Fans voted for stars from each of 15 clubs who played the most seasons in the EuroLeague from 2010 to 2020. The top vote-getter in terms of percentage was Alexey Shved of Khimki Moscow Region, who was named on 97.85% of the surveys. Shved is one of seven players who received at least 95.00%, the others being Tornike Shengelia (97.26%, TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz). Sergio Llull (96.97%, Real Madrid), Shane Larkin (96.93%, Anadolu Efes Istanbul), Bojan Dubljevic (95.40%, Valencia Basket), Luka Doncic (95.24%, Real) and Dimitris Diamantidis (95.10%, Panathinaikos OPAP Athens).
Tight races for top spots
One of the highlights of the survey was the races for number one at CSKA Moscow, Olympiacos Piraeus, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul and Real. It could not get any closer for CSKA as Kyle Hines and Milos Teodosic received the same number of votes for 91.41%. The top man in Olympiacos fans’ heart proved to be Georgios Printezis, whose last-second shot delivered the 2012 EuroLeague title and helped him earn 94.53% – just 0.23% higher than Vassilis Spanoulis. Things were only slightly less close with Fenerbahce, where Bogdan Bogdanovic picked up 92.21% of the vote – 0.54% more than Jan Vesely. And Real supporters were also torn but gave Llull the nod with 96.97% – 1.73% more than Doncic.
Clear first choices
At the other end of the spectrum, the biggest difference between the top two was with Baskonia, where Shengelia’s 97.26% was 31.00% more than second-placed Ioannis Bourousis. While Baskonia’s results showed a major gap, the team with the most clear-cut top five was Fenerbahce with five players (Bogdanovic, Vesely, Ekpe Udoh, Kostas Sloukas and Luigi Datome) receiving 83.88% of the votes.
In general, the lists confirmed that fans love of players who spent all or most of their EuroLeague careers with one team. Diamantidis (Panathinaikos), Dubljevic (Valencia), Llull (Real) and Juan Carlos Navarro (FC Barcelona) were all top vote-getters who starred for just one club in the league. Paulius Jankunas, who has played 16 of his 17 EuroLeague seasons with Zalgiris Kaunas, held the same distinction.
Two years are enough
While it can be argued that the five icons above are all the faces of their clubs, three other players grabbed top spots despite playing just two seasons in the EuroLeague with their teams: Boban Marjanovic (Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade), Larkin (Efes) and Keith Langford (AX Armani Exchange Milan).
Fans share the Langford love
Speaking of Langford, the scoring ace has played for the most EuroLeague teams among survey’s No. 1s. In addition to Milan, Langford also played for Khimki – for whom he was voted seventh in survey – Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv (13th), Panathinaikos (27th) and UNICS Kazan (not surveyed).
Jovic on most teams
While Langford played for five EuroLeague teams, Stefan Jovic is the only player who made the survey’s top 10 with three different clubs, ranking second for Zvezda, fifth for FC Bayern Munich and eighth for Khimki.
Two top-five finishes
A number of players made the lists of two teams in the survey, but only three ranked in the top five for two clubs: Kyle Hines (tied for 1st CSKA, 3rd Olympiacos), Nando de Colo (3rd CSKA, 3rd Valencia) and Sloukas (4th Fenerbahce, 5th Olympiacos).
Being a champ helps
Eight of the top vote-getters won a EuroLeague title with their respective teams: Bogdanovic (2017 Fenerbahce), Diamantidis (2007, 2009, 2011 – Panathinaikos), Hines (2016, 2019 – CSKA), Llull (2015, 2018 – Real), Navarro (2002, 2010 – Barcelona), Printezis (2012, 2013 – Olympiacos), Sofoklis Schortsanitis (2014 – Maccabi) and Teodosic (2016 – CSKA). That was reason enough to earn them the number one spot in the hearts of their teams’ fans.