REAL MADRID: DID YOU KNOW THAT…

May 10, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print
REAL MADRID: DID YOU KNOW THAT…

...Real Madrid has the chance to win its 11th EuroLeague title? It leads the all-time standings with 10 titles, but only three of them have come in the last 35 years. Madrid has won the competition in 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1974, 1978, 1980, 1995, 2015 and 2018.

...Madrid looks to successfully defend the EuroLeague title for the first time in 51 years? Madrid won back-to-back EuroLeague titles twice - in 1964 and 1965 and again in 1967 and 1968.

...Madrid is making its 10th Final Four appearance since the format was adopted in 1988? Madrid previously reached the Final Four in 1993, 1995, 1996, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

...Madrid looks for its 19th EuroLeague Championship Game appearance? It leads the all-time list with 18 championship game appearances. Maccabi Tel Aviv has been to 14 EuroLeague and one SuproLeague title game. CSKA Moscow has reached the EuroLeague Championship Game 13 times.

...Madrid has the chance to lift its 17th continental trophy? In addition to its 10 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 trophy with Madrid in 2007 and Fernandez won it with DKV Joventut Badalona in 2008. Both won the EuroLeague with Madrid in 2015 and 2018. The list includes another Spanish player: Ricky Rubio won the EuroLeague with FC Barcelona in 2010 and the EuroCup with Joventut in 2008.

...Reyes and Fernandez belong to a 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, coached by Zeljko Obradovic. He is entering his sixth Final Four as a head coach.

...Reyes and Sergio Llull are at their seventh Final Four? They were both previously there with Madrid in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

...Jaycee Carroll and Fernandez are at their sixth Final Four? They already played the Final Four with Madrid in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

...Reyes leads the EuroLeague's all-time rebounding charts? Reyes is first with 1,780 rebounds. He is also the runaway leader in offensive rebounds with 695 – almost 200 more than anyone else!

...Reyes also leads the charts in career games played (344) and is ranked second in free throws made (957), third in both scoring (2,992 points) and two-point shots made (959) and fourth in performance index rating (3,745 PIR).

...Llull is one of three EuroLeague MVPs present at the Final Four? Llull earned that honor two seasons ago. 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 sixth-best scorer in EuroLeague history? He has amassed 2,834 points in 265 EuroLeague career games.

...Fabien Causeur is the only French player to have reached the Final Four with two different foreign teams? Causeur made it to the Final Four with Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz in 2016 and with Madrid the last two seasons.

...Fernandez, Llull, Reyes, Facu Campazzo, Gustavo Ayon and Carroll as well as Coach Laso already won the EuroLeague title with Madrid in 2015 and are back to this year's Final Four? Madrid has 13 of the players who won the EuroLeague title last season, too.

...Llull ranks ninth on the Final Four's career scoring list? Llull has 150 points and could climb a few spots in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Nikos Galis leads the list with 231 points followed by J.R. Holden (194) and Trajan Langdon (172).

...Llull has a good chance to climb into first place on the Final Four's career assists list? He already ranks second with 50 assists. Theo Papaloukas leads the all-time charts with 59 assists in Final Four action.

...Fernandez is tied for fourth place in steals in Final Four history? He has collected 17, just like Theo Papaloukas. Holden ranks first (24), followed by Victor Khryapa (22) and Dimitris Diamantidis (18).

...Fernandez, Llull and Reyes can win their third EuroLeague title? The last Spanish players to win three EuroLeague titles were Rafael Rullan, Juan Antonio Corbalan and Luis Maria Prada with Real Madrid in 1974, 1978 and 1980.

...Carroll leads the 2017-18 EuroLeague in free throw shooting percentage? He's hit 45 of 47 attempts - 95.7%! Llull ranks second with 42 of 44 free throws made (95.5%).

...Walter Tavares, the only player from Cape Verde to have won the EuroLeague, leads the EuroLeague in blocks at 1.66 per night?

...Tavares leads the EuroLeague in two-point shooting percentage this season (78.7%, 100 of 127) and is also ranked first all-time (175 of 237, 73.8%)?

...Jeffery Taylor is the only Swedish player to have won the EuroLeague? His teammate Melwin Pantzar can join him if Madrid lifts the trophy again.

...Madrid leads the EuroLeague in team performance index rating at 103.1 per game? It is also first in defensive rebounds (27.0 drpg.) and assists (20 apg.) and third in scoring (85.5 ppg.).