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Round 12 (Regular Season)

CSKA 83% Dec.16 FC Barcelona
Galatasaray 55% Dec.16 EA7 Armani
Panathinaiko Dec.16 Fenerbahce 59%
Brose Bask. Dec.15 Anadolu Efes 61%
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Zalgiris 52% Dec.15 Olympiacos
Malaga's Marcus Williams talks heart surgery, journey to Euroleague stardom - Nov 23, 2012


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Marcus
Williams
On September 2, 2011, Los Angeles native guard Marcus Williams' basketball career was threatened without warning.

The former UConn stud and first round pick in the 2006 NBA draft was just three days into his new Russian contract when Kazan's physical identified a heart tumor. Williams immediately returned to the United States to undergo surgery, keeping him off the hardwood for over three months.

Williams had just capped a noteworthy season with Russian Enisey, averaging 15.3 points and finishing first in the league in assists with 6.8 per game.

Once receiving his worrying medical results, Williams contemplated the worst and began to reminisce about the highlights of his career, such as winning the 2004 NCAA title, being selected 22nd overall by the New Jersey Nets and playing in the Rookies All-Star Game. He also recalled being chosen to play in the Puerto Rican league's All-Star game, earning both the game's MVP and the Skills Contest awards.

It was on the flight home that Williams told himself "I'm sick of asking 'why' to certain things. I just continue to roll with the punches." He was convinced that it didnt matter where he played basketball, as long as he got one more shot to hoop.

Behind an encouraging 25-game comeback in China, Williams pursued a deal that would resurrect his career. The NBA, by the way, wasn't in the cards.

"There was some NBA talk over the summer. I had some camp invites but I never thought about going because I didn't want to do the NBA thing this year. I wanted to play more than anything," Williams told Eurobasket from his luxury patio overlooking the Mediterranean in Malaga, Spain. "Going to the NBA, I would have maybe been a second guard, for sure a third guard on some team and I know I can play basketball -- doing so at a high level was my ultimate goal," he added.

Throughout his rehab process, Williams gained 20-plus pounds of body fat, increasing his weight to 230 pounds, resembling a somewhat taller, non-muscular version of free agent NBA guard Derek Fisher.

Last summer, Williams was determined to get back into shape and like any other off-season, he played for the "L.A. Unified" squad in Los Angeles' famous pro-am Drew League. In July, he participated in a number of vigorous private workouts for European teams.

"It's funny," Williams recalled while looking back on how he was scouted by Spanish Unicaja Malaga. "Our General Manager told someone from my agency that they were on the lookout for a point guard and that they would stop through L.A. on their way to the NBA Summer League. They came to a few workouts, saw me play, and that was it. They were the first team to approach me," the 26-year-old guard said.

Later that month, Malaga's Croatian coach Jasmin Repesa left Williams with a very detailed to-do list before giving team officials the green light to sign the 6-foot-3 guard to a two-year contract.

" (Repesa) has been on my case before I even signed with Malaga. We spoke on the phone many times and he was strict about wanting me to lose my body fat, lose weight, and get into game shape early," the 211-pound healthy Williams revealed.

"I told him I'm willing to do whatever it takes, and though (Repesa) rarely allows us to get comfortable, (Repesa)'s very open minded and trusts us to make the right plays. I'm glad I was able to step in up."

With seven weeks into the Euroleague season, Williams, a Euroleague rookie, is fully recovered and is playing the best ball of his career. He's averaging 11.1 points shooting 41% from beyond the arc and is ranked third in the competition in made 3-pointers (18), leading his team to the Top 16 round with six consecutive victories. Williams also records 3.3 rebounds and 3.6 dimes in just 21 minutes of action.

Between 2006-2010, Williams collected 5.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 203-NBA games for the New Jersey Nets, Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies.

  




Milos
Teodosic
Milos Teodosic named European Player of the Month: November 2016 - 1 day ago

The CSKA Moscow's Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) has been named European Player of the Month by Eurobasket.com for games played in November 2016. Serbian pointguard helped the Army Men to a 8-1 month (4-0 in VTB and 4-1 in Euroleague), averaging 16.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 6.1apg in 32.9 minutes on the court. On Nov.25, he led his team to a victory over Baskonia finishing the game with a career-high 34 points plus 10 assists. His rating of 43 was the highest in the Euroleague this season. Moreover,...   [read more]

Alessandro
Gentile
An announcement from Livio Proli and Alessandro Gentile - 4 days ago

As of today, EA7 Emporio Armani Milano President, Livio Proli, and Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92) mutually agreed on a solution that will allow the player to finish the remaining part of this season in a different club. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano thanks Alessandro for his great contribution and wishes him to find the right path for his expectations and potential. Alessandro Gentile desires to thank from the deep of his heart Mr. Giorgio Armani for giving him the opportunities received d...   [read more]

Derrick
Brown
Brown's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 6 days ago

29-year old forward Derrick Brown (203-F-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for Anadolu Efes and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. He had a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Maccabi T-A (5-5) 86-77. Anadolu Efes is placed at 7th position in Euroleague. Anadolu Efes is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-5 reco...   [read more]


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Euroleague Standings
 1 CSKA 10-1 
 2 Fenerbahce 8-3 
 3 Real Madrid 8-3 
 4 Olympiacos 6-4 
 5 Baskonia 6-4 
 6 Anadolu Efes 6-5 
 7 Panathinaikos 6-5 
 8 Darussafaka 5-5 
 9 FC Barcelona 5-6 
 10 Maccabi T-A 5-6 
 11 Zalgiris 4-7 
 12 Crvena Zvezda 4-7 
 13 EA7 Armani 4-7 
 14 Unics 3-7 
 15 Brose Bask. 3-8 
 16 Galatasaray 3-8 
Full Standings
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Langford, Unics23.2 
 2. De Colo, CS.21.0 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid18.9 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA18.7 
 5. Goudelock, Maccabi16.4 
 6. Rice, FC Barcelona16.4 
 7. Spanoulis, Olympia.15.2 
 8. Wanamaker, Darussa.14.0 
 9. Clyburn, Darussaf.14.0 
 10. Melli, Brose Bask.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyler HONEYCUTT
  
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Honeycutt, Anadolu8.5 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.8.3 
 3. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.7 
 4. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.7 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.7.3 
 6. Birch, Olympiacos7.0 
 7. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.8 
 8. Dunston, Anadolu6.5 
 9. Brown, Anadolu6.5 
 10. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Teodosic, CSKA8.2 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.6.9 
 3. Larkin, Baskonia6.5 
 4. Calathes, Panathin.6.5 
 5. Zisis, Brose Bask.6.2 
 6. Llull, Real Madrid6.0 
 7. Heurtel, Anadolu5.7 
 8. Sloukas, Fenerbah.5.7 
 9. Colom, Unics5.4 
 10. Westermann, Zalgi.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Shane LARKIN
  
  (180-PG-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Larkin, Baskonia1.8 
 2. Jenkins, Crvena Z.1.8 
 3. Wilbekin, Darussaf.1.7 
 4. Wanamaker, Darussa.1.5 
 5. Rice, FC Barcelona1.5 
 6. Hanga, Baskonia1.4 
 7. Calathes, Panathin.1.4 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 9. Ohayon, Maccabi1.3 
 10. Preldzic, Galatas.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce1.8 
 2. Parakhouski, Unics1.6 
 3. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.4 
 4. Tyus, Galatasaray1.4 
 5. Randolph, Real Mad.1.3 
 6. Singleton, Panathi.1.3 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos1.3 
 8. Theis, Brose Bask.1.2 
 9. Honeycutt, Anadolu1.2 
 10. Brown, Anadolu1.0 
Player of the week

 Derrick Brown
  Anadolu Efes
  (203-F-103)
  
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