Real Madrid - Did you know that...?

May 04, 2018 by Print
Real Madrid - Did you know that...?

...Real Madrid has the chance to win its 10th EuroLeague title? It leads the all-time standings with nine titles, but only two of them have come in the last 35 years. Madrid has won the competition in 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1974, 1978, 1980, 1995 and 2015.

...Madrid is making its ninth Final Four appearance since the format was adopted to decide the continental champion in 1988? Madrid previously reached the Final Four in 1993, 1995, 1996, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

...Madrid looks for its 18th EuroLeague Championship Game appearance? It leads the all-time list with 17 title game appearances. Maccabi Tel Aviv has been to 14 EuroLeague and one SuproLeague title game.

...Madrid has the chance to lift its 16th continental trophy? In addition to its nine EuroLeague titles, Madrid has won four Saporta Cups, one Korac Cup and one ULEB Cup.

...Felipe Reyes and Rudy Fernandez belong to a select group of players to have won both the EuroLeague and the EuroCup titles? Reyes lifted the then-called ULEB Cup with Madrid in 2007 and Fernandez won it with Joventut Badalona in 2008. Both won the EuroLeague with Madrid in 2015. The list includes another Spanish player: Ricky Rubio won the EuroLeague with FC Barcelona in 2010 and the EuroCup Joventut in 2008.

...Reyes and Fernandez belong to a select group of 22 players who have won the EuroLeague, EuroBasket and World Championship titles? Reyes and Fernandez are two of the three players on the list not hailing from the former Soviet Union or former Yugoslavia; Juan Carlos Navarro is the other. The list includes all-time greats such as Arvydas Sabonis, Drazen Petrovic and Toni Kukoc.

...Fernandez and Reyes headline the short list of players to have won a World Championship, EuroBasket, EuroLeague and EuroCup? They are joined only by Dejan Tomasevic.

...Coach Pablo Laso has previous Final Four experience as a player? He played at the 1995-96 EuroLeague Final Four with his current team, Real Madrid, and was coached by Zeljko Obradovic.

...Reyes and Sergio Llull are each at his sixth Final Four? They were previously there with Madrid in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

...Reyes leads the EuroLeague's all-time rebounds standings? Reyes is first with 1,729 rebounds. He is also the runaway leader in offensive rebounds, 675, almost 200 more than anyone else.

...Reyes also ranks third in scoring (2,894 points) and performance index rating (3,626 PIR), as well as second in two-point shots made (925), free throws made (927) and games played (320)?

...Llull is one of three EuroLeague MVPs present at the Final Four? Llull earned that honor last season. The other two play for CSKA; Nando De Colo was the EuroLeague MVP in 2015-16 and Sergio Rodriguez earned that honor with Madrid in the 2013-14 season.

...Llull is the eighth-best scorer in EuroLeague history? He has amassed 2,547 points in 238 EuroLeague career games.

...Fabien Causeur is the first French player to reach the Final Four with two different foreign teams? Causeur made it to the Final Four with Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz in 2016 and is now back with Madrid.

...Fernandez, Llull, Reyes, Facu Campazzo, Gustavo Ayon and Jaycee Carroll as well as Coach Laso have won the EuroLeague with Madrid and are back for this year's Final Four?

...Llull needs 19 points to make it onto the list of top 10 scorers in Final Four historyt? Matjaz Smodis and Ramunas Siskauskas are tied for 10th place with 147 points. Llull has 129.

...Llull has a good chance to rank second overall in the Final Four assists standings? Dimitris Diamantidis and Sarunas Jasikevicius are tied for second place with 46 assists apiece. Llull is next with 43. Theo Papaloukas leads the all-time standings with 59 assists in Final Four action.

...Llull and Sergio Rodriguez are set to face off against each other for the first time since March 25, 2006? That was in a Spanish League game between Estudiantes and Manresa. Llull and Rodriguez were longtime teammates with Madrid and on the Spanish national team, but have not faced each other since - until this year's Final Four!

...Reyes is the oldest player in the competition? He turned 38 on March 16.

...Fernandez, Llull and Reyes can win their second EuroLeague title? The only Spanish players with two EuroLeague titles in the last 35 years is Juan Carlos Navarro (FC Barcelona 2003, 2010).

...Carroll leads the 2017-18 EuroLeague in free throw shooting percentage? He has made 44 of 45 attempts - 97.8% - which would stand as the single-season record if he maintains it for the rest of the season. Prior to this year, the best free-throw shooting season was 97.2% by Marcelinho Huertas in the 2012-13 campaign for FC Barcelona.

...Walter Tavares is second in blocks this season at 1.44 per game? Tavares could become the first player from Cape Verde to win the EuroLeague.

...Jeffery Taylor could become the first Swedish player to win the EuroLeague?