Gasol Named FIBA Europe Player Of The Year

15 February 2010

FIBA Europe announced on Monday that Pau Gasol of Spain has been named the FIBA Europe Player of the Year for the second straight time by fans and a panel of expert voters.

Gasol finished ahead of Germany's Dirk Nowitzki and Milos Teodosic of Serbia to claim the prize.

The 2.15m center was named the MVP of EuroBasket 2009 in Poland for helping Spain win their first ever gold medal at the event.  He averaged 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game over the course of the tournament.

It was a cap to a season of championships for Gasol who also took home an NBA title as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 18.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest along the way.

"Pau Gasol's performance this September in Poland just proves that when his career is over he will stand among the greats of the European game," said FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos.

"Being on the court with him after the championship game it was clear what a special moment it was."

"Year after year Pau distinguishes himself not only on the court but also off of it," added Secretary General Nar Zanolin.

"He is both a great player, and a wonderful ambassador for the game."

FIBA Europe Men's Player of the Year Voting:

MENEXPERTPUBLICRanking*
Pau Gasol
433
9,8150,335
Dirk Nowitzki
94
5,370
0,078
Milos Teodosic
60
4,058
0,050
Vassilis Spanoulis
63
1,903
0,049
Erazem Lorbek
48
7,0460,046
Rudy Fernandez48
4,0220,042
Juan Carlos Navarro46
3,892
0,040
Tony Parker
44
2,011
0,036
Hidyet Turkoglu
31
4,479
0,030
Ersan Ilyasova
21
4,325
0,022
Nikola Pekovic
24
1,936
0,021
Marcin Gortat
9
8,8370,020
Novica Velickovic
 10 4,783 0,015
Ioannis Bouroussis 
 12 1,417 0,011
Igor Rakocevic 3 2,024 0,005
Lior Eliyahu 

 0

 1,032

 0,002

*the ranking reflects a combination of fan and expert voting.


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