All-Decade Nominee: Thomas Heurtel

Dec 13, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print

One of the best playmakers in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague this decade, Thomas Heurtel has risen from a promising point guard to one of the most consistent stars in the competition. At age 22, Heurtel started the decade as a backup with Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz. For the next three seasons, Heurtel was mostly a starter, turning heads by averaging 12.2 points and 6.7 assists in the 2014-15 season.

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Heurtel joined Anadolu Efes Istanbul for the next three seasons and would lead the competition in assists during the first two. In the 2016-17 season, Heurtel earned EuroLeague MVP of the Month honors for the first time, averaging 16.7 points, 10.7 assists and a performance index rating of 23.0 in February. His average of 7.9 assists that season was the highest in EuroLeague history until then.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Eurolegaue February MVP 2016-17
  • Led the EuroLeague in assists. 2014-15 (6.39), 2015-16 (7.92)

Heurtel opened another chapter in his career by joining FC Barcelona before the start of the 2017-18 season. Although he has yet to play this season due to injury, in the nine full seasons since he debuted, Heurtel had more total assists than any other player, 1,173; ranked sixth in total PIR, with 2,490; and scored more points, 2,145, than all but seven other players. Only he and Vassilis Spanoulis scored 2,000 points and dished 1,000 assists in that span. At 30 years old, Heurtel is already a dominant, creative force in the competition, and his best years remain ahead of him.