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Women Awards 2008



 
Ramunas Siskauskas was the best player in Europe in 2008


Dirk Nowitzki was again the best European player in 2008


Ettore Messina was the best coach in Europe in 2008
Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards for last year.
It's the 7th such ranking prepared by Eurobasket.com staff. Eurobasket has a network of almost 300 correspondents, while most of them are located in Europe and participated in preparing the ranking.
We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.
The votes were made in two categories: All-Europe and All-Europeans.
All-Europe ranking applies to the players, who played in European leagues in last (07-08) and this (08-09) season, so it may apply also to non-European players, who played as imports in Europe.
All-Europeans category applies only to Europeans, but also these, who played overseas (mostly in NBA).
All-Europe awards were dominated traditionally by the top players from Euroleague and the Player of the Year Award went to Lithuanian Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78), who lead CSKA Moscow to Euroleague title.
It was his second Euroleague championship in last two years as a year before he did the same with Panathinaikos Athens.
Siskauskas was already voted to Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team in 2007. But his 2008 achievements list was quite long making him definitely No.1 player in Europe that year.
The top player of Lithuanian National Team at Olympic Games won both Russian Superleague and Euroleague. He was voted also to Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague 1st Team last season.
Montenegrin center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86), formerly at Partizan and this year at Panathinaikos. He was 4th best scorer (16.4ppg), and 4th best rebounder (6.4rpg) in last edition of Euroleague.
Siskauskas is also joined in the 1st team by his teammate Trajan Langdon (192-G-76). American guard was Eurobasket.com Euroleague MVP last season as well as Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague Import Player of the Year for last three years.
Spanish league best scorer (21.2ppg) last season Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) proved himself to be one of the top players on the continent by leading Spanish NT to silver medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing. He received also Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup Player of the Year awards last year just before leaving for Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA.
Another Spaniard Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) completes 1st Team. Contrary to Fernandez, he made a move the opposite way leaving NBA for Regal FC Barcelona in Spainish ACB. He was selected last year to NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team averaging 10.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.2apg.
All-Europeans awards were traditionally dominated by Europeans playing in the NBA and this year there were not exceptions (last year Diamantidis was the only non-NBA player making it to 1st team).
Here the top spot was taken for the fourth consecutive year by German Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) of Dallas Mavericks (USA), who was followed by Olympic Games top scorer - Spaniard Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) of Los Angeles Lakers (USA).
Others who made it to the first team were French playmaker Tony Parker (183-G-80) of San Antonio Spurs (USA) (as usually), Russian Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of Utah Jazz (USA) (his third appearance in top 5 in last 4 years) and another Spaniard Jose Manuel Calderon (190-G-81) of Toronto Raptors (USA), who was 2nd team in 2007.

This year the Eurobasket.com was almost unanimously awarded to Italian coach of CSKA Moscow Ettore Messina .
He was the best coach of Russian Superleague for last three seasons and last year won both Russian league Euroleague championship in a very comfortable style.

Here are all Eurobasket.com awards for 2008:

All-Europe - only players, who played in Europe in 2008 (both domestic and imports). There were in total 73 players, who received votes in this category
All-Europe 1st Team 2008


Siskauskas


Pekovic


Langdon


Fernandez


Navarro

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Player of the Year: Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) of CSKA Moscow (Russia), Lithuanian
Eurobasket.coom All-Europe Point Guard of the Year: Trajan Langdon (192-G-76) of CSKA Moscow (Russia), American
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Shooting Guard of the Year: Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) of CSKA Moscow (Russia), Lithuanian
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Small Forward of the Year: Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) of DKV Joventut (Spain) / Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), Spanish (plays also as shooting guard)
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Power Forward of the Year: Terence Morris (206-F-79) of Maccabi T-A (Israel) / CSKA (Russia), American
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Center of the Year: Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) of Partizan (Serbia) / Panathinaikos (Greece), Montenegrin

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team
Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) of CSKA Moscow (Russia), Lithuanian
Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) of Partizan (Serbia) / Panathinaikos (Greece), Montenegrin
Trajan Langdon (192-G-76) of CSKA Moscow (Russia), American
Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) of DKV Joventut (Spain) / Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), Spanish
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) / Regal FC Barcelona (Spain), Spanish

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos (Greece), Greek
Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of Montepaschi (Italy), Lithuanian
Terence Morris (206-F-79) of Maccabi T-A (Israel) / CSKA (Russia), American
Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Tau Ceramica (Spain), Serb
Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77) of Montepaschi (Italy), American

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention
Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85) of Tau Ceramica (Spain), Brazilian-Spanish
Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) of Aris (Greece) / Real (Spain), American-Macedonian
Marc Gasol (212-C-85) of Girona (Spain) / Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), Spanish
Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) of CSKA Moscow (Russia), Slovenian
Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88) of Milano (Italy) / New York Knicks (USA), Italian
David Andersen (212-C-80) of CSKA (Russia) / Regal FC Barcelona (Spain), Australian-Danish
Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77) of CSKA (Russia) / Olympiakos (Greece), Greek
Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) of DKV Joventut Badalona (Spain), Spanish
Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) of Tau Ceramica (Spain) / CSKA Moscow (Russia), Croatian-Bosnian
Willie Solomon (187-G-78) of Fenerbahce Ulker (Turkey) / Toronto Raptors (USA), American
Henry Domercant (192-G-80) of Dynamo Moscow (Russia) / Montepaschi Siena (Italy), American-Bosnian
Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) of BC Khimky Moscow Region (Russia), Polish-Swedish
Lynn Greer (186-G-79) of Olympiakos Pireus (Greece), American
Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) of Real Madrid (Spain), Spanish


All-Europeans - only Europeans, including these, who played in Europe or overseas in 2008. There were in total 52 players, who received votes in this category
Manu Ginobili is included in the list as he has also Italian citizenship.

All-Europeans 1st Team 2008


Nowitzki


Gasol


Parker


Kirilenko


Calderon

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Player of the Year: Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) of Dallas Mavericks (NBA), German
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Point Guard of the Year: Tony Parker (183-G-80) of San Antonio Spurs (NBA), French
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Shooting Guard of the Year: Manu Ginobili (198-G-77) of San Antonio Spurs (NBA), Argentinian-Italian
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Small Forward of the Year: Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of Utah Jazz (NBA), Russian
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Power Forward of the Year: Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) of Dallas Mavericks (NBA), German
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Center of the Year: Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) of Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), Spanish

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team:
Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) of Dallas Mavericks (NBA), German
Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) of Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), Spanish
Tony Parker (183-G-80) of San Antonio Spurs (NBA), French
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of Utah Jazz (NBA), Russian
Jose Manuel Calderon (190-G-81) of Toronto Raptors (NBA), Spanish

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team:
Manu Ginobili (198-G-77) of San Antonio Spurs (NBA), Argentinian-Italian
Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) of Orlando Magic (NBA), Turkish
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) / Regal FC Barcelona (Spain), Spanish
Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) of DKV Joventut (Spain) / Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), Spanish
Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) of CSKA Moscow (Russia), Lithuanian

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention:
Zydrunas Ilgauskas (218-C-75) of Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), Lithuanian
Predrag Stojakovic (207-F-77) of New Orleans Hornets (NBA), Serb
Mehmet Okur (210-C/F-79) of Utah Jazz (NBA), Turkish
Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86) of Partizan (Serbia) / Panathinaikos (Greece), Montenegrin
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos (Greece), Greek
Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Tau Ceramica (Spain), Serb
Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) of DKV Joventut Badalona (Spain), Spanish
Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) of Golden State Warriors (NBA), Latvian
Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) of Khimky Moscow Region (Russia), Polish-Swedish
Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of Montepaschi (Italy), Lithuanian
Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77) of CSKA (Russia) / Olympiakos (Greece), Greek
Marc Gasol (212-C-85) of Girona (Spain) / Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), Spanish

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Coach of the Year:
There were just 4 coaches, who received votes in this category while is was definitely dominated by Ettore Messina
1. Ettore Messina of CSKA Moscow (Russia), Italian
2. Garcia Aito Reneses of DKV Joventut (Spain) / Unicaja (Spain), Spanish NT
3. Jasmin Repesa of Lottomatica Roma (Italy) / Croatian NT

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