The Euroleague is suspended now but everybody is hoping that the most important competition of the continent will be back sooner or later. While El board is searching for a solution, let’s review together the best defensive players of Europe, imagining how it will look an All-Euroleague defense team.
I think there is not doubt about that the only candidate for this position is the big man of Real Madrid, Walter Tavares. The giant is the king of the blocks in the Euroleague, averaging 2.2 units on this category, adding 7.1 rebounds and 0.6 steals per game. These numbers are showing his enormous defensive potential and why is was chosen by coach Pablo Laso to be a starter in all the 28 games he played this season.
Greg Monroe is probably the best ex-NBA-er of the curent season of the Euroleague. He is dominant in offense and a beast in defence. He is tall but more efficient in the paint then the majority of the big guys involved in the competition because his versatility. Monroe is on the 3rd spot in steals with 1.3 per game in the entire Euroleague, averaging as well 6.8 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game.
Here we have a Greek player that had a huge season on the both sides of the court with Olympiacos Piraeus. It’s about Kostas Papanikolau who doesn’t need any recommendation. He can score from everywhere but he is a top 5 guy at steals with 1.38 per game, adding as well 3.6 rebounds and 0.3 blocks on averages.
Here we have a pair of small players who can change their places on the court according to the team’s needs. Both of them can be point guard or shooting guard, providing a thunder offense with a quick rhythm, but their most important ability remains the defense. Pierria Henry of Baskonia is the king of the steals in the Euroleague with an averages of 1.6 per game, followed by Facundo Campazzo (Real Madrid) with 1.39 steals.