Predrag Stojakovic Wins Euroscar 2001
Posted Jan 22 2002 5:38PM
NBA Players Win Top Three Spots for the Third Time
MILANO, ITAY -- Jan. 22, 2002 – Predrag “Peja” Stojakovic of the Sacramento Kings wins the coveted 2001 Euroscar, La Gazzetta dello Sport’s annual award to the top European basketball player. The newpaper is Europe’s top selling and Italy’s oldest daily sports newspaper with a daily circulation of more than 700,000.
Other NBA players who have won the Euroscar, a great honor in European basketball, include Sabonis, a six-time winner (1984, 85, 88, 95, 97, 99); Kukoc, a five-time winner (90, 91, 94, 96, 98); and Petrovic (86, 89, 92, 93). The 2000 Euroscar was awarded to Italy’s Gregor Fucka, the first Italian to win since 1983, when Italy's legendary Dino Meneghin was recognized for outstanding achievement in European basketball.
The Euroscar, known as European basketball’s “Oscar”, has a committee composed of coaches, players and sportswriters from 14 different countries, who submit their vote for the best “European Basketball Player” from the previous calendar year. All the best European players took part in the voting process, many of whom play in the NBA including Vlade Divac, Hidayet Turkoglu (both of the Sacramento Kings); Nowitzki; Kukoc and Gasol.
1) Predrag Stojakovic, Sacramento Kings (Yugoslavia) 94
2) Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (Germany) 71
3) Pau Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies (Spain ) 32
4) Deian Bodiroga, Panathinaikos Athen (Yugoslavia) 17
5) Hidayet Turkoglu, Sacramento Kings (Turkey) 11
The following is a list of past Euroscar winners: