Over more than 250 games, there was plenty to see, hear, absorb and analyze from a 2017-18 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season that kept fans on the edge of their seats for almost eight months. Take a look back at some of the biggest moments and players with these Top 10 showcase shooters of the season!
10. Adam Waczynski, Unicaja Malaga
This was the first full season in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague for Adam Waczynski, who made plenty of noise with his sharpshooting throughout the campaign. Waczynski debuted in the competition with two games for Prokom Trefl Sopot as a teenager a decade ago and this season he showed what he is worth at the elite level. He finished third in three-pointers made per-40-minutes and seventh in the league – and first among all forwards – in average three-pointers per game (1.9). Waczynski was fifth in accuracy behind the three-point arc (49.5%) this season and made multiple triples in 15 games, including his 7-for-9 shooting performance for a career-high 25 points in a Round 11 road win at KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz. He was also excellent from the free-throw line; Waczynski made 22 consecutive foul shots to finish the season.
9. K.C. Rivers, Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
Opposing defenses know they are in trouble if they leave former EuroLeague champion K.C. Rivers open. Over the past four seasons, only two men have made more three-pointers than Rivers’s 193. As Panathinaikos’s sixth man this season, he ranked among the top 15 in both total threes made and average three-pointers per game, after ranking fourth and sixth in those respective categories the season before. Rivers just completed his fifth EuroLeague season and has proven to be much more than just a player to stretch defenses; he is equally lethal from mid-range and considered to be an outstanding defender. He notched a career-best with 24 points on 6-of-10 shooting from downtown in a Round 26 win at Unicaja Malaga, which helped the Greens finish the regular season in fourth place. At age 31, Rivers still has many years to keep knocking down long balls at the top level.
8. Matt Janning, KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
Matt Janning attempted more than twice as many three-pointers as he did two-point shots for Baskonia last season in helping the team bounce back from a tough start to reach the playoffs. His 160 attempts from behind the arc were the fifth most in the competition and nearly three-quarters of all his points were either long jumpers or three-pointers. Janning just completed his fourth EuroLeague campaign with his fourth different team, but his three-and-D profile has helped make all of them winners. He has been to the playoffs in each of his past three EuroLeague campaigns and reached the 2016 Final Four with Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. Late in games, Janning is a player who can be counted on to make big shots or to get fouled, where his 93.5% free throw shooting is second on the league over the past two seasons.
7. James Nunnally, Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
Fenerbahce sniper James Nunnally was as reliable as they get from behind the three-point line last season. Nunnally was on a record-setting pace between Rounds 5 and 12 when he made 22 of 35 three-point shots (62.9%). After returning from a broken wrist, he converted 14 of 19 triples (73.7%) in the final eight regular season games. Nunnally improved his three-point shooting from an already spectacular 45.1% his rookie season to 55.4% last season. In fact, no player had ever shot as well in a single season and made as many as 40 threes; Nunnally finished with 46! He made multiple threes in 14 different games last season and twice shot 4 for 4 from downtown. Nunnaly’s 50.65% success rate from behind the arc is the second best in EuroLeague history behind only Jon Diebler.
6. Kevin Pangos, Zalgiris Kaunas
Zalgiris point guard Kevin Pangos led his team to a third-place finish this season by using all of his fantastic skills, including ace marksmanship from behind the three-point line. As his team’s primary ball-handler, Pangos created most of his shots. Though he was happy to drive to the basket – nearly half of his shot attempts are from close range, Pangos is equally accurate whether he fires long jumpers or three-pointers and has become one of the steadiest shooters in the competition. He not only made a total of 75 three-pointers, which was tied for the third-most in the league last season, but he ranked 10th by making 47.5% of them. He started in all of his team’s 36 games last season and made at least 1 three-pointer in 34 of them.
5. Petteri Koponen, FC Barcelona Lassa
Former EuroCup champion Petteri Koponen of Barcelona was already considered one of the top shooters on the continent prior to last season and then he went and set a new personal best by making 51.1% of his three-pointers. Koponen is most comfortable stretching the floor and rarely takes any kind of close-range shots; more than 80% of all his field goal attempts come within 8 feet of either side of the three-point arc. Koponen was saddled with a limited role, mostly off the bench, until the end of January, but the veteran sniper improved his numbers over the last 11 games of the season. Over the past two seasons, Koponen has made 92.1% of his free throws, which leads the EuroLeague over that span.