Whether knocking down three-pointers or delivering massive dunks, sinking nothing-but-net jump shots or penetrating-through-traffic layups, basketball players are most remembered by scoring baskets. We have witnessed some of the competition’s all-time best scorers during the past decade use their ever-improving craft to help set several personal and collective scoring records, which have all made the recent seasons the highest scoring this century.
EuroLeague scoring king Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos Piraeus is one of only two players to score more than 4,000 points for his career and he is the only player this century to score more than 3,000 in a single decade. Spanoulis scored 3,292 points in 247 appearances between January 6, 2010 which was his first game of the past decade in a Panathinaikos Athens uniform against Asseco Prokom, until December 27, 2019 when he played for the Reds on the road against FC Barcelona.
No player has been as consistent scorer as Alexey Shved has been between 2010 and 2019; he has been worth 17.5 points over 115 games. The Khimki Moscow Region guard has been in and out of competition, playing the first couple of seasons of the past decade and making a total of 28 appearances with CSKA Moscow before spending four of the last five years in the EuroLeague in a Khimki uniform. Since joining the club in 2015, Shved has averaged 20.3 points per game.
Few stats speak about the evolution of the game over the past decade as the fact that four of the top five single-game scoring performances took place at the very end, in the final two and a half months of the decade. Shane Larkin’s EuroLeague record 49 points in Anadolu Efes Istanbul’s 104-75 victory against FC Bayern Munich stands as a scoring performance above all others. the Efes guard needed just 31 minutes on the floor to make 5 of 7 two-pointers, 10 of 12 three-pointers and 9 of 10 free throws on that memorable November night.
The best qualifying scoring season of the past decade belongs to Alexey Shved. The Khimki guard finished the 2017-18 campaign with a EuroLeague single-season record of 740 total points, shattering the previous mark of 609 points set by Keith Langford a season earlier. Shved scored at least 12 points in each of his 34 appearances and finished with 21.76 points per game, topping Langford’s single-season average by .01 points to achieve the best full-season scoring average of the decade.