Men - The Candidates

Bojan Bogdanovic - Croatia and Fenerbahce
At age 23 and already appearing in his sixth Euroleague campaign, Bogdanovic became the shining light for Fenerbahce during the Top 16 of the tournament. Despite his team only winning two games, the Croatian forward was a standout, averaging 20.5 points a night, nearly doubling his regular season average. The good news for Croatian fans was that his good form remained with him throughout EuroBasket where he averaged 17.4 points-a-night to inspire his team to a top-four finish. The high offensive output is now continuing into the new Euroleague season.
Goran Dragic - Slovenia and Phoenix Suns
A big year on and off the court for the first-time father. Carrying the weight of a nation on his shoulders as the star player for the EuroBasket 2013 hosts, "Gogi" was the heart and soul of the home country's hopes, topping his team in points (15.8) and assists (4.5) on the way to a respectable fifth-place finish. Also finished the 2012/13 NBA season with career-best figures of 14.7 points, 7.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds, whilst a positive early start to the new NBA season sees a second trip to the NBA post-season beckoning for the electrifying guard.
Luigi Datome - Italy and Detroit Pistons
When Luigi Datome writes his memoirs, the chapter on 2013 can appropriately be named "L'anno della svolta (The Breakthrough Year)." An outstanding domestic season for Virtus Roma in Italy which ended with him named as the Lega Basket Serie A MVP did not go unrewarded, with "Gigi" signing a two-year contract with the Detroit Pistons in July. The power forward then transformed into one of the faces of a memorable Italian run in Slovenia, as the Azzurri overcame some well profiled adversity to reach the tournament's quarter-final stage.
Mantas Kalnietis - Lithuania and Lokomotiv
Going to EuroBasket with a star-studded frontcourt, discussion amongst analysts focused on whether Lithuania had the backcourt to match their muscle under the hoop. Mantas Kalnietis wasted no time at setting about and debunking the myth, showing himself to be Lithuania's most consistent player throughout the tournament, averaging 12.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and five assists in taking Lithuania to the gold medal game. He was no less impressive at club level, joining Nick Calathes at Lokomotiv Kuban to create one of Europe's premier backcourts on a team that would victor in the Eurocup final.
Marc Gasol - Spain and Memphis Grizzlies
In 2012 Marc Gasol properly joined older brother Pau in the limelight. A year later and Marc is the "Gasol" people are referring to when mentioning the surname. Toiling away for the Memphis Grizzlies, Gasol was honoured by being named NBA Defensive Player of the Year, whilst also showing offensive prowess, averaging a career-best 15.4 points-a-night to get Memphis into the post-season, where they were brought to a halt at the Western Conference finals by the San Antonio Spurs. Capped his year off by winning bronze with Spain at EuroBasket with team-best figures of 13.9 points and 7.8 rebounds a night.
Nenad Krstic - CSKA Moscow and Serbia
There are few more cliché expressions in basketball than, "you need to look past his stat-line to see his true value," or a similar phrase evoking the same sentiments. But in this circumstance, the cliché is required. In a team of young guns, it was Krstic with his finger on the trigger. A second set of eyes for Serbian national team coach, Dusan Ivkovic, the 15.4 points-a-night and 4.8 rebounds only partially describe the role of Krstic in assuring that Serbia confirmed the final available European spot at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Nikola Vucevic - Montenegro and Orlando Magic
Filling the shoes of a franchise player when they skip town for the brighter lights elsewhere is never an easy task, but Montenegrin big man Nikola Vucevic went a long way to patch up the gaping hole left inside the Orlando paint when Dwight Howard jumped ship, finishing the 2012/13 NBA regular season with a 13.1-point, 11.9-rebound double-double average. Vucevic's impact at EuroBasket was limited as Montenegro bade farewell to Slovenia following the opening round but he has returned to Orlando to continue his habit of collecting double-doubles.
Petteri Koponen - Finland and Khimki Moscow Region
Finland were determined to show that EuroBasket 2011 success was not a flash in the pan, but rather their announcement that they had arrived amongst Europe's elite. 25-year-old Koponen took it upon himself to assure that this occurred, producing 13.3 and 4.8 assists each time he stepped onto the court. The point guard was also an essential cog in the Khimki outfit that made it to the semi-finals of the VTB League and Euroleague Top 16.
Tony Parker - France and San Antonio Spurs
Tony Parker, fresh of an NBA final appearance, where the 31-year-old led the Spurs within seconds of toppling the Miami Heat for his fourth NBA title, was then determined to finish his season on a high. The charismatic Frenchman achieved just that, knocking down 19-points-a-night as Les Blues lifted the EuroBasket trophy for the first time in the country's history, completing his collection of EuroBasket medals and rightfully earning tournament MVP honours. Finished the year on a high by proudly announcing the expectancy of his first child.
Vassilis Spanoulis - Greece and Olympiacos
Vasilis Spanoulis may not have enjoyed the EuroBasket campaign that so many had expected from him, and indeed the entire Greek squad, but one only needs to look back earlier in the year as proof that "Kill Bill" remains one of the most formidable guards in Europe. When the biggest domestic stage in Europe beckoned, the 31-year-old came to the fore, knocking down 22 points on five-for-nine shooting in the Euroleague final, leading Olympiacos past Real Madrid 100-88. If the gold medal was not enough, the Final Four MVP accolade to follow was certainly the icing on the cake.

All Winners

Men
2013: Tony Parker
2012: Andrei Kirilenko
2011: Dirk Nowitzki
2010: Milos Teodosic
2009: Pau Gasol
2008: Pau Gasol
2007: Andrei Kirilenko
2006: Theo Papaloukas
2005: Dirk Nowitzki

Women
2013: Sancho Lyttle
2012: Celine Dumerc
2011: Alba Torrens
2010: Hana Horáková
2009: Sandrine Gruda
2008: Maria Stepanova
2007: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota
2006: Maria Stepanova
2005: Maria Stepanova

Young Men
2013: Dario Saric
2012: Jonas Valanciunas
2011: Jonas Valanciunas
2010: Jan Vesely
2009: Ricky Rubio
2008: Ricky Rubio
2007: Ricky Rubio
2006: Rudy Fernandez
2005: Nikolaos Zisis

Young Women
2013: Astou Ndour
2012: Alina Iagupova
2011: Emma Meesseman
2010: Nika Baric
2009: Alba Torrens
2008: Gintare Petronyte
2007: Sonja Petrovic
2006: Sandrine Gruda
2005: Anete Jekabsone