EuroLeague Basketball Updates
A new all-time rebound leader and an extended partnership are just some of the recent news from Europe’s basketball league.
A new rebound king has been named in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague: Paulius Jankunas of Zalgiris Kaunas. His three rebounds in their recent match against Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade at Stark Arena brought his total rebound count to 1,783 over 17 seasons in the league. It also puts him ahead of Real Madrid big man Felipe Reyes who was the former number one.
Since December 2017, he has been the league’s leader in defensive rebounds. Just this past November, he became the fourth player to reach 3,000 points, which is now at 3,015. He also ranks fourth all-time in defensive rebounds with 511 offensive rebounds and two-point baskets made with 955, as well as fifth in free throws with 961.
He has consistently ranked among the best rebounders in the league. Jankunas, 35, has played all but one of his professional seasons with Zalgiris, helping them make the EuroLeague Final Four two seasons ago. His trophy hauls include 13 Lithuanian League championships and seven Lithuanian Cups, all with Zalgiris. Jankunas also won a silver medal at EuroBasket 2015 and a bronze at EuroBasket 2007 with the Lithuanian national team.
Similarly, Vassilis Spanoulis became EuroLeague’s new all-time scoring leader. Hearing of this, many European basketball elites sent their congratulations to the Olympiacos captain. The team later released a video featuring messages from different players such as Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Portland Trail Blazers’ Pau Gasol, former San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker, and Dallas Mavericks’ guard Luka Doncic who is also a long-time fan of the team, something he repeatedly admits during interviews.
In additional news, sports data and technology provider Genius Sports has extended its exclusive live data betting deal with EuroLeague Basketball, operator of the top two men’s club basketball competitions in Europe. Under the agreement, Genius Sports will use courtside technology to capture data and distribute it live to licensed sportsbook operators across the globe via Betgenius, its sports betting arm. The deal also marks the launch of the league’s new rights enforcement strategy. Its goal is ‘to remove unauthorised data collectors operating within its stadiums’.
‘The extension of our partnership with one of the world’s leading basketball leagues demonstrates our commitment to ensuring security of supply, of the most important content, to our customers’, said Jack Davison, Genius Sports’ chief commercial officer. ‘Our investment in the growth of live basketball betting is dependent on the capture and distribution of fast, accurate and highly reliable data. Furthermore, Euroleague will enjoy a fair return from betting on their competitions while sportsbook operators and their customers will gain a crucial advantage through the quality of their products’.
Words: Carlos Corpus