May 10, 2019 by Print

...Efes has advanced to its first EuroLeague Final Four in 19 years? Efes played the EuroLeague Final Four in 2000 and the SuproLeague Final Four in 2001.

...Tibor Pleiss needed to play 186 EuroLeague games to reach his first Final Four? Kerem Gonlum has the record of most EuroLeague games without a Final Four appearance (242). Ender Arslan played 243 games, but was on the bench in the 2001 SuproLeague Final Four. James Gist (221) leads all active players in this category.

...head coach Ergin Ataman is back to the Final Four for the first time since 2003? He took Efes to the Final Four in 2000 and guided Montepaschi Siena to the Final Four in 2003.

...Ataman can become the third coach to win both the EuroLeague and EuroCup titles? Dusan Ivkovic (Olympiacos 1997, 2012; Dynamo Moscow 2006) and David Blatt (Maccabi Tel Aviv 2014, Darussafaka Istanbul 2018) are the only coaches to have won both titles. Ataman led Galatasaray Istanbul to the EuroCup title in 2016.

...Ataman has won three different European competitions in the past? Ataman won the 2002 Saporta Cup with Montepaschi, took the 2012 FIBA EuroChallenge with Besiktas Istanbul and lifted the 2016 EuroCup trophy with Galatasaray in 2016.

...only two Efes players have previous Final Four experience? Vasilije Micic played in the Final Four with Zalgiris Kaunas last season and Bryant Dunston reached it with Olympiacos Piraeus in 2015. Dunston is the only player who has played in the EuroLeague Championship Game.

...Brock Motum can become the fourth Australian player to win the Euroleague? Joe Ingles (Maccabi 2014), Aleks Maric (Panathinaikos 2011) and David Andersen (Kinder Bologna 2001, CSKA 2006, 2008) are the only Australians to have won the EuroLeague before.

...Dunston ranks third in blocks in the EuroLeague this season with 1.21 blocks per game? Walter Tavares of Real Madrid leads the standings at 1.66 per night. Dunston has blocked 229 shots during his EuroLeague career, which ranks second all-time behind only Fran Vazquez (249 blocks).

...Moerman ranks third in defensive rebounds this season (4.86 drpg.)? He trails only Will Clyburn of CSKA Moscow (5.2 drpg.) and Johnny O'Bryant of Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv (1.87 drpg.). Moerman ranks sixth in total rebounds (6.17 rpg.).

...Micic ranks third in assists this season at 5.7 per game? Nick Calathes of Panathinaikos OPAP Athens (8.7 apg.) and Mike James of AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan (6.4 apg.) are ahead of him.

...Tibor Pleiss ranks fifth in two-point shooting percentage? Pleiss has made 117 of 170 two-point shots (68.8%). Walter Tavares leads the charts at 78.7% (100 of 127).

...Pleiss is fifth in PIR per 40 minutes with an average of 27.9? He is also the fourth-best per-minute scorer in the competition with an average of 23.72 points prorated over 40 minutes.

Efes set the all-time single-season record with 360 triples made this season? Its average of 10.29 per game is second-best this season and the third best ever. Real Madrid led the league with 10.36 threes per game this season.

Efes shattered the playoff single-series record with 63 triples made and 158 attempted?

Shane Larkin set a record for most three-pointers made in a EuroLeague Playoffs series with 18? He bested the record of 17 set by Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos Piraeus in 2017.

...Efes enters the Final Four with a team PIR of 100.4, which is 11th-best in competition history? It shatters the club's previous record of 93.5 in the 2015-16 season.

...Efes ranks second in the league in assists this season (19.6 apg.) and third in blocks (3.03 bpg.)?

...Efes is second in two-point (58.7%) and three-point (40.6%) shooting percentage? Fenerbahce ranks first in both categories (58.9% 2FG, 43.4% 3FG).

...Efes has the best assist-to-turnover ratio in the competition with 1.72 assists per turnover? It is a club record and the third-best mark in competition history. Real Madrid owns the first (2.25, 2014-15) and second-best (1.74, 2013-14) marks.