Regular Season review: rewriting the record books


The 2017-18 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season was historic on many fronts, with a bevy of single-game, single-season and career records falling. The players and teams took advantage of the new format with a longer regular season combined with rule changes in recent seasons designed to make the game more attractive and the results have been as exciting as could have been hoped for. Let’s review the re-writing of the EuroLeague record books that has taken place – and in many cases is still taking place – this season

Player Single-Season Records

Alexey Shved of Khimki Moscow set a single-season scoring record with 643 points, surpassing the previous mark of 609 set by Keith Langford in the 2016-17 season.
Alexey Shved set a single-season mark for three-pointers made with 91, surpassing the previous mark of 78 set by Ali Muhammed in the 2016-17 season. Shved’s 283 three-pointers attempted is also the new single-season mark.
Nick Calathes of Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens set a single-season mark for assists with 220, surpassing the previous record of 201 set by Vassilis Spanoulis in 2016-17.
*Nick Calathes averaged 8.1 assists per game, the highest ever single-season average, besting the 7.9 per game set by Thomas Heurtel in 2015-16.
*Brian Roberts of Olympiacos Piraeus set a single-season mark for free-throw accuracy, making 97.96% of his free throws. Real Madrid’s Jaycee Carroll made 36 of 37 free throws (97.3%), which is second best; both surpassed the previous record holder, Marcelinho Huertas, who made 97.22% (35 of 36) in the 2012-13 season.

Player All-Time Records

Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos Piraeus is the new all-time assists leader with 1,266 assists, surpassing Dimitris Diamantidis, who has 1,255.
Juan Carlos Navarro became the all-time leader in performance index rating total with 3,890 to pass Dimitris Diamantidis (3,806).
Felipe Reyes of Real Madrid restored his all-time rebounding lead with 1,720 for his career. Ioannis Bourousis was the previous leader with 1,603. Paulius Jankunas (1,649) also passed Bourousis on the all-time chart.
Paulius Jankunas of Zalgiris Kaunas is the new career defensive rebounding leader with 1,171, overtaking previous leader Ioannis Bourousis (1,164).
Jankunas is the player with the most games started in EuroLeague history with 244. He overtook Dimitris Diamantidis (228) for that distinction. Juan Carlos Navarro (233) also passed Diamantidis this season.
Scoring king Juan Carlos Navarro of FC Barcelona Lassa wrested another record into his grasp by outlasting Dimitris Diamantidis for the most minutes played in EuroLeague history with 8,197. Diamantidis retired with 7,976 minutes to his credit.
*James Nunnally of Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul is the career leader in three-point accuracy at 52.4%. He’s made 76 of 145 threes in his EuroLeague career and overtook Jon Diebler (51.3%) for the top spot with a 4-for-4 shooting effort in the regular-season finale.

Team Single-Game Records

FC Barcelona Lassa tied the all-time single-game record in three-point shots made with 19, in a Round 29 win over Anadolu Efes Istanbul. It matched the record set by Montepaschi Siena from the 2012-13 season.

Team Single-Season records

Valencia Basket set a single-season free throw accuracy record by making 82.9% of its free throws, breaking the previous best of 82.64% set by KK Zagreb in the 2011-12 season.

Team All-Time Rankings

*CSKA’s 89.5-point average is the fourth highest in EuroLeague history.
*CSKA’s 42.73% three-point accuracy is the fourth-highest in EuroLeague history; Fenerbahce’s 42.38% is fifth; and Zalgiris’s 41.11% is eighth.
*CSKA’s 51.79% field goal percentage is the eighth-best ever and the highest since Olympiacos (52.25%) in 2009-10.
*CSKA is the 10th team to average more than 100 PIR.
Barcelona’s 20.5-assist average is the third-highest average in EuroLeague history.
*Real Madrid’s 9.83 three-pointers made per game is the fourth highest in EuroLeague history; Valencia’s 9.80 is sixth; and Khimki’s 9.73 is eighth.
*Real Madrid’s 1.73-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio is the third highest in EuroLeague history; Barcelona’s 1.68-to-1 is fourth; and Fenerbahce’s 1.63-to-1 is eighth.

* = Note all statistics with asterisks are averages for teams that have reached the playoffs and those numbers are subject to changes with future games.