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2000–01 Euroleague

2000–01 Euroleague

The 2000–01 Euroleague was the inaugural basketball season of the EuroLeague, under the newly formed Euroleague Basketball Company's authority, and it was the 44th season of the premier competition for European men's professional basketball clubs overall. It started on October 16, 2000, with a regular season game between hosts Real Madrid Teka and Olympiacos, which was held at the Raimundo Saporta Pavilion, in Madrid, Spain,[1] and it ended with the last championship finals game on May 10, 2001, which was held at the PalaMalaguti arena, in Bologna, Italy.

This season did not feature all of the top-tier level European club basketball teams, as some of them opted to compete in the 2000–01 FIBA SuproLeague competition instead, after the row erupted between the previous EuroLeague governing body, FIBA, and the newly established Euroleague Basketball Company.

A total of 24 teams competed for the EuroLeague title, which was in the end won by Kinder Bologna. Dejan Tomašević was the EuroLeague Regular season MVP, and Manu Ginóbili was the EuroLeague Finals MVP.

Competition details
Final positions
ChampionsItalyKinder Bologna
(2nd title)
Runners-upSpainTau Cerámica
Finals MVPArgentinaManu Ginóbili
Regular Season MVPFederal Republic of YugoslaviaDejan Tomašević
Statistical leaders
Index RatingFederal Republic of YugoslaviaDejan Tomašević
PointsUnited StatesAlphonso Ford
ReboundsFederal Republic of YugoslaviaDejan Tomašević
AssistsCroatiaIvica Marić
← 1999–2000

European Champions' Cup teams divided

The EuroLeague (or historically called, the FIBA European Champions' Cup) was originally established by FIBA, and it operated under its umbrella from 1958, until the summer of 2000, concluding with the 1999–2000 season. That was when Euroleague Basketball Company was created.

Because FIBA had never trademarked the "EuroLeague" name, and Euroleague Basketball simply used it without any legal ramifications, because FIBA had no legal recourse to prevent it, so they had to find a new name for their league. Thus, the following 2000–01 season started with 2 separate top European professional club basketball competitions: the FIBA SuproLeague (previously known as the FIBA EuroLeague) and the brand new 2000–01 Euroleague season.

The rift in European professional club basketball initially showed no signs of letting up. Top clubs were also split between the two leagues: Panathinaikos, Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv, CSKA Moscow, and Efes Pilsen stayed with FIBA, while Olympiacos, Kinder Bologna, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Tau Cerámica, and Benetton Treviso joined Euroleague Basketball.

Team allocation

A total of 24 teams from 14 countries participate in the competition.


The table below shows the default access list.

Teams entering in this roundTeams advancing from previous round
Regular season
(24 teams)
  • 4 best-placed teams from:
    • Greece
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • 2 best-placed teams from Croatia
  • 1 best-placed teams from:
    • Belgium
    • Germany
    • Great Britain
    • Lithuania
    • Portugal
    • Slovenia
    • Switzerland
    • Yugoslavia
  • 2 Wild cards
(16 teams)
  • 4 group winners from the regular season
  • 4 group runners-up from the regular season
  • 4 group third-placed teams from the regular season
  • 4 group fourth-placed teams from the regular season

The competition culminated in a best 3 out of 5 playoff series.


The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round

  • 1st, 2nd, etc.: League position after Playoffs

  • WC: Wild card

Regular season
ItalyPaf Wennington Bologna (1st)GreeceAEK (4th)CroatiaCibona VIP (1st)GermanyOpel Skyliners (3rd)
ItalyBenetton Treviso (2nd)GreecePeristeri (5th)CroatiaZadar (2nd)SloveniaUnion Olimpija (3rd)
ItalyKinder Bologna (3rd)SpainReal Madrid Teka (1st)LithuaniaŽalgiris (2nd)BelgiumRegion Wallone Spirou (4th)
ItalyMüller Verona (4th)SpainFC Barcelona (2nd)Federal Republic of YugoslaviaBudućnost (1st)PortugalOvarense Aerosoles (1st)
GreecePAOK (2nd)SpainAdecco Estudiantes (3rd)IsraelHapoel Jerusalem (WC)SwitzerlandLugano Snakes (1st)
GreeceOlympiacos (3rd)SpainTau Cerámica (4th)RussiaSaint Petersburg Lions (WC)United KingdomHaribo London Towers (1st)

Regular season

The first phase was a regular season, in which the competing teams were drawn into four groups, each containing six teams. Each team played every other team in its group at home and away, resulting in 10 games for each team in the first stage. The top 4 teams in each group advanced to the next round, The Top 16. The complete list of tiebreakers is provided in the lead-in to the Regular Season results.

If one or more clubs were level on won-lost record, tiebreakers were applied in the following order:

  1. Head-to-head record in matches between the tied clubs

  2. Overall point difference in games between the tied clubs

  3. Overall point difference in all group matches (first tiebreaker if tied clubs were not in the same group)

  4. Points scored in all group matches

  5. Sum of quotients of points scored and points allowed in each group match

Group A

1ItalyPaf Wennington Bologna1082812760+52Advance to Playoffs71–6991–8581–7281–6681–77
4SpainAdecco Estudiantes1046820821−176–9086–9187–7797–7693–81
5SwitzerlandLugano Snakes1037777914−13772–10080–9195–8777–7675–74

Group B

1ItalyKinder Bologna1091835734+101Advance to Playoffs81–6676–73106–8884–78106–87
3SpainTau Cerámica1064749700+4959–6585–6592–6697–8876–64
5RussiaSaint Petersburg Lions1028778840−6278–8269–9079–8192–9083–77
6BelgiumRegion Wallone Spirou1028769857−8858–8089–9771–74100–9180–68

Group C

1GreeceOlympiacos1073861738+123Advance to Playoffs91–8482–7082–73102–69101–67
2SpainReal Madrid Teka1073859789+7075–7382–7064–75104–64116–94
3SloveniaUnion Olimpija1073823752+7169–7388–7978–7495–68102–79
4ItalyBenetton Treviso1064847777+7095–8787–8869–7178–71106–81
5IsraelHapoel Jerusalem1037784881−9783–7074–8776–8879–104106–71
6PortugalOvarense Aerosoles10010746983−23753–10073–8070–9276–8682–94

Group D

PosTeamPldWLPFPAPDQualificationSpainFCBGreecePAOFederal Republic of YugoslaviaPODItalyVERUnited KingdomLONGermanySKY
1SpainFC Barcelona1082856757+99Advance to Playoffs58–6792–7596–8482–7686–60
3Federal Republic of YugoslaviaBudućnost1073844819+2577–8583–7177–73101–8379–73
4ItalyMüller Verona1064920854+6694–90102–8886–91102–7690–70
5United KingdomHaribo London Towers1019775878−10382–9761–9388–9589–9886–61
6GermanyOpel Skyliners1019696856−16051–6873–8079–9480–9779–76


Round of 16

In a best-of-three series the remaining 16 teams were placed against each other. The games were held between the 31st of January and the 14th of February, 2001, with the top 8 teams advancing to the Playoffs.

Team 1Agg.Team 21st leg2nd leg3rd leg
Paf Wennington BolognaItaly2–0CroatiaCibona76–6475–74
Kinder BolognaItaly2–0SpainAdecco Estudiantes113–7085–80
PeristeriGreece0–2SpainTau Cerámica79–8168–81
OlympiacosGreece2–0ItalyMüller Verona94–9296–84
FC BarcelonaSpain0–2ItalyBenetton Treviso85–8682–99
Real Madrid TekaSpain2–0Federal Republic of YugoslaviaBudućnost91–6376–62
PAOKGreece1–2SloveniaUnion Olimpija75–6477–8569–73


In a best-of-three series the remaining eight teams were placed against each other. The games were held between 21 February and 7 March 2001, with the top 4 teams advancing to the semifinals.

Team 1Agg.Team 21st leg2nd leg3rd leg
Paf Wennington BolognaItaly2–1SpainReal Madrid Teka74–6857–8888–70
Kinder BolognaItaly2–0SloveniaUnion Olimpija80–7981–79
OlympiacosGreece0–2SpainTau Cerámica72–7876–98
AEKGreece2–1ItalyBenetton Treviso97–8974–9071–56


In a best-of-five series the remaining four teams were placed against each other. The games were held between the 27th of March and the 7th of April, 2001.

Team 1Agg.Team 21st leg2nd leg3rd leg4th leg5th leg
Kinder BolognaItaly3–0ItalyPaf Wennington Bologna103–7692–8474–70
AEKGreece0–3SpainTau Cerámica65–9067–7062–76


The culminating stage of the Euroleague season, the two remaining teams that won the semifinal series played each other in a best-of-five series.

Team 1Agg.Team 21st leg2nd leg3rd leg4th leg5th leg
Kinder BolognaItaly3–2SpainTau Cerámica65–7894–7380–6079–9682–74
2000–01 Euroleague Champions
Kinder Bologna
2nd Title


Top Scorer

United StatesAlphonso FordGreecePeristeri

Regular Season MVP

Federal Republic of YugoslaviaDejan TomaševićFederal Republic of YugoslaviaBudućnost

Finals MVP

ArgentinaManu GinóbiliItalyKinder Bologna

Finals Top Scorer

ArgentinaManu GinóbiliItalyKinder Bologna
United StatesElmer BennettSpainTau Cerámica
United StatesVictor AlexanderSpainTau Cerámica

All-Euroleague First Team

United StatesLouis BullockItalyMüller Verona
United StatesAlphonso FordGreecePeristeri
United StatesDerrick HamiltonRussiaSaint Petersburg Lions
ItalyGregor FučkaItalyPaf Wennington Bologna
Federal Republic of YugoslaviaDejan TomaševićFederal Republic of YugoslaviaBudućnost

All-Euroleague Second Team

United StatesJemeil RichSwitzerlandLugano Snakes
GreecePanagiotis LiadelisGreecePAOK
SpainPau GasolSpainFC Barcelona
GreeceIoannis GiannoulisGreecePAOK
United StatesRashard GriffithItalyKinder Bologna

Round MVP

Regular season

1GreecePanagiotis LiadelisGreecePAOK42
2Federal Republic of YugoslaviaDejan TomaševićFederal Republic of YugoslaviaBudućnost34
ItalyGianluca BasileItalyPaf Wennington Bologna
3Federal Republic of YugoslaviaMilenko TopićFederal Republic of YugoslaviaBudućnost39
4Federal Republic of YugoslaviaDejan Tomašević (2)Federal Republic of YugoslaviaBudućnost42
5United StatesDerrick HamiltonRussiaSt. Petersburg Lions38
6CroatiaDarko KrunićCroatiaZadar39
7ItalyGregor FučkaItalyPaf Wennington Bologna42
8United StatesKebu StewartIsraelHapoel Jerusalem47
9United StatesDerrick Hamilton (2)RussiaSt. Petersburg Lions40
10ArgentinaMarcelo NicolaItalyBenetton Treviso36


8thF G1United StatesAlphonso FordGreecePeristeri
8thF G2Federal Republic of YugoslaviaDejan Tomašević (3)Federal Republic of YugoslaviaBudućnost
CroatiaDino RađjaGreeceOlympiakos
ItalyRiccardo PittisItalyBenetton Treviso
8thF G3GreeceAngelos KoroniosGreecePAOK
CroatiaEmilio KovačićSloveniaUnion Olimpija
4F G1ItalyGregor Fučka (2)ItalyPaf Wennington Bologna
4F G2United StatesRashard GriffithItalyKinder Bologna
4F G3ItalyCarlton MyersItalyPaf Wennington Bologna
SF G1LithuaniaSaulius ŠtombergasSpainTau Cerámica
SF G2United StatesElmer BennettSpainTau Cerámica
SF G3ArgentinaFabricio ObertoSpainTau Cerámica
Final G1United StatesVictor AlexanderSpainTau Cerámica
Final G2FranceAntoine RigaudeauItalyKinder Bologna
Final G3ArgentinaManu GinóbiliItalyKinder Bologna
Final G4United StatesElmer Bennett (2)SpainTau Cerámica
Final G5United StatesRashard Griffith (2)ItalyKinder Bologna

Individual statistics


Federal Republic of YugoslaviaDejan TomaševićFederal Republic of YugoslaviaBudućnost1237130.92
United StatesDerrick HamiltonRussiaSaint Petersburg Lions1028328.30
United StatesAlphonso FordGreecePeristeri1230525.42


United StatesAlphonso FordGreecePeristeri1231226.00
Federal Republic of YugoslaviaDejan TomaševićFederal Republic of YugoslaviaBudućnost1227522.92
GreecePanagiotis LiadelisGreecePAOK1329522.69


Federal Republic of YugoslaviaDejan TomaševićFederal Republic of YugoslaviaBudućnost1213811.50
CroatiaDino RađaGreeceOlympiacos141379.79
BelgiumRon EllisBelgiumRegion Wallone Spirou10969.60


CroatiaIvica MarićCroatiaZadar10595.90
United StatesElmer BennettSpainTau Cerámica221205.45
ItalyRiccardo PittisItalyBenetton Treviso14543.86

Other statistics

StealsCroatiaIvica MarićCroatiaZadar
United StatesJemeil RichSwitzerlandLugano Snakes
BlocksUkraineGrigorij KhizhnyakLithuaniaŽalgiris
TurnoversRussiaSergei BazarevichRussiaSaint Petersburg Lions
Fouls drawnGreecePanagiotis LiadelisGreecePAOK
MinutesUnited StatesDerrick HamiltonRussiaSaint Petersburg Lions
2P%FranceStéphane RisacherGreeceOlympiacos
3P%ArgentinaJorge RaccaGreecePAOK
FT%United StatesHenry WilliamsItalyMüller Verona

Individual game highs

PIRUnited StatesKebu StewartIsraelHapoel Jerusalem
PointsItalyCarlton MyersItalyPaf Wennington Bologna
United StatesAlphonso FordGreecePeristeri
ReboundsUnited StatesVictor AlexanderSpainTau Cerámica
AssistsUnited StatesElmer BennettSpainTau Cerámica
StealsArgentinaManu GinóbiliItalyKinder Bologna
Federal Republic of YugoslaviaBojan BakićFederal Republic of YugoslaviaBudućnost
BlocksCroatiaStojan VrankovićItalyPaf Wennington Bologna
Three pointersLithuaniaSaulius ŠtombergasSpainTau Cerámica
TurnoversRussiaSergei BazarevichRussiaSaint Petersburg Lions


In May 2001, Europe had two continental champions, Maccabi Tel Aviv of the FIBA SuproLeague and Kinder Bologna of Euroleague Basketball Company's EuroLeague. The leaders of both organizations realized the need to come up with a new single competition. Negotiating from the position of strength, Euroleague Basketball Company dictated proceedings, and FIBA essentially had no choice but to agree to their terms. As a result, the EuroLeague was fully integrated under Euroleague Basketball Company's umbrella, and teams that competed in the FIBA SuproLeague during the 2000-01 season joined it as well. It is today officially admitted that European basketball had two champions that year, Maccabi of the FIBA SuproLeague and Kinder Bologna of the Euroleague Basketball Company's EuroLeague.

A year later, Euroleague Basketball Company and FIBA decided that Euroleague Basketball's EuroLeague competition would be the main basketball tournament on the continent, to be played between the top level teams of Europe. FIBA Europe would also organize a European league for third-tier level teams, known as the FIBA Europe League competition, while Euroleague Basketball would also organize its own second-tier level league, combining FIBA's long-time Korać Cup and Saporta Cup competitions into one new competition, the EuroCup. In 2005, Euroleague Basketball and FIBA decided to cooperate with each other, and did so jointly until 2016.

In essence, the authority in European professional basketball was divided over club-country lines. FIBA stayed in charge of national team competitions (like the FIBA EuroBasket, the FIBA World Cup, and the Summer Olympics), while Euroleague Basketball took over the European professional club competitions. From that point on, FIBA's Korać Cup and Saporta Cup competitions lasted only one more season before folding, which was when Euroleague Basketball launched the EuroCup.

See also

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