The 2022 European Championship is marked by an abundance of global stars and individual performances.
Not one player has already attempted historic achievements, and even three different basketball players (Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Lauri Markkanen) crossed the 40-point mark.
The level of talent is such that even if we reach the quarter-finals we can expect new records, so we’ll take a look at the legendary performances that could be surpassed in the coming days.
Aiming for the records of the entire tournament will be difficult, because the changed championship system will simply not allow it. The all-time leading scorer at the European Championships is 1,183 points Pau Gasol. He collected 20.4 points in 58 games. As the championships are held every four years and a maximum of 9 matches are played in them, it would be necessary to play in as many as seven championships and continue the career at a high pace for as many as 24 years. Therefore, we will focus on individual match achievements.
L.Dončičius, who is defending the title, put on a very memorable show against France – he scored 47 points despite Vincent Poirier’s elbows, which split the back of the Slovenian’s head and cost him several drops of blood.
L.Dončičius had the second most productive performance of all time in the European Championships, second only to the one forgotten by many of Eddy Terrace the show. In 1957, the Belgian scored as many as 63 points in a 90-48 victory over Albania.
The latter achievement seems simply unrepeatable for many reasons. The championships are much more competitive these days and Albania, crushed by an average difference of 30 points, does not claim to participate in them. Belgium then also took only 12th place, and the match against the Albanians was their last in the tournament, so they did not need to count or save. Such a perfect storm of events can hardly happen, especially in the playoffs.
It was the only European Championship for E.Terrace, he averaged 24.4 points in 9 games and spent his entire career in his native Belgium. He did not reach international star status, but he could be proud of his only performance until his death in 2013.
This championship is already a record 40-point performance. Three such performances have never been held in one tournament before, we have only seen it twice in the 1967 and 1975 championships. The last time we saw this was only in 2001, when 43 points were lost to the Spaniards Dirk Nowitzki.
L. Dončičius and L. Markkanen also claim the record for the performance of one championship, while G. Antetokounmpo’s situation is complicated by one missed match. The Slovenian has collected 168 points, the Finn – 167, the Greek – 145. The record belongs to the person who collected 296 points in 1987 Nik Gali. If they reach the semi-finals, this year’s talents have three matches left and the record could fall if they get upset.
The three-point record was repeated by Dee Bost, who made 9 three-pointers for Sakartwell. So far it has only succeeded Aleksandar Djordjevic, in the 1995 final against Lithuania. It is true that after the change in basketball trends, such a record was highly anticipated and should be improved in the coming years. Making 10 3-pointers is no longer unheard of for NBA-level talent.
🇧🇬 Dee Bost had an INCREDIBLE game from behind the arc: 9 TRIPLES 🎯
— FIBA (@FIBA) September 6, 2022
The record for three-pointers made was also improved – a naturalized defender from Sakartwell Thaddus McFadden tried his luck as many as 19 times in the drama of two overtimes. This achievement was also expected, as nine of the ten highest results have been achieved since 2001.
G. Antetokounmpo has already attempted the record of two-pointers thrown, having made 20 shots against the Croatians. He is only one attempt short of the record – 21 two-pointers each Mikhail Mikhailov (Russia, 1997), Andrea Bargnani (Italy, 2011) and Lior Eliyahu (Israel, 2011). This record should fall soon.
It is more difficult to make close shots – N.Galis even made 17 two-pointers three times, in 1983 against Sweden he made 18. All the top ten results in this graph were achieved before 1997, and the modern defense will hardly allow it to be repeated.
The records for both made (22) and missed (24) free throws are held to Juan Carlos Navarro, The one who terrorized the Latvian national team in 2005. These appearances in the annals of history also seem relatively safe.
A historic achievement has already been achieved this year Tomáš Satoransky, having handed out 17 assists against the Greeks and breaking his own record. No other basketball player has completed more than 14. The 30-year-old T. Satoransky can still improve his achievements after three years, but for others it does not seem possible – in modern basketball, the role of the traditional offensive player is disappearing, relying more on combo defenders. An asterisk is added to this record by the fact that the statistics of assists have been kept only since 1995.
He holds the records for rebounds (23) and defensive rebounds (19). Arvydas Sabonis, In 1995, he abused the Greeks. The Russian scored the most balls (11) in the attack Vitaly Nosov. With modern center forwards spending more time on the perimeter, these records seem safe, with none other than G. Antetokounmpo as a contender.
The block record seems surprisingly accessible – six shots have been vetoed Mirza Begic (Slovenia, 6), Vyacheslav Kravtsov (Ukraine, 2013) and Andrei Kirilenko (Russia, 2003). If the fashion of the NBA’s highly valued “window guards” moves to Europe, this record should fall in the next championships.
They have intercepted 8 balls each Lior Lubin (Israel, 2001) and A. Kirilenka (Russia, 2005). In 2005, he was close to that, having robbed Bulgarians 7 times Vidas Ginevičius. It is difficult to evaluate this category, because there are no clear trends in it, and there is no shortage of defensive specialists who can shoot in one match.
Efficiency records are difficult to assess due to changing systems of keeping statistics, but at the moment, N. Gali’s performance against the Soviet Union in 1989 – 62 efficiency points – seems hardly to be improved. In this category, the number “60” was reached five times, four times by N. Galis, once by the Israeli legend Doron Jamchy (61 points in 1987).
So far, no one has made 10 mistakes in a European Championship match, this was the closest Milos Teodosicius (Serbia, 2011), Marko Jaričius (Serbia, 2003) and Dennis Schroder (Germany, 2017), scattering 9 balls each. These achievements are relatively recent, so their improvement would not be particularly surprising.