In a season of many firsts, one of many issues that stayed the course within the Turkish Airways EuroLeague was the title atop the assists chart. For the fourth consecutive season, no EuroLeague participant has arrange his teammates extra usually than Nick Calathes.
The FC Barcelona level guard, who has had a meteoric stand up the all-time assists rankings since returning to the competitors in 2015, dished 266 assists in his 41 appearances through the just-finished marketing campaign. Calathes ended the season simply forward of Zenit St Petersburg’s Kevin Pangos who had 260 assists for the season.
Calathes additionally grew to become solely the second man in competitors historical past to succeed in 1,500 assists for his profession. He achieved that milestone in Recreation 1 of the EuroLeague Playoffs, in a conflict in opposition to Zenit and Pangos. The one participant with 1,500 profession assists earlier than Calathes had been Vassilis Spanoulis, who reached that quantity within the 2019-20 season.
The Barcelona playmaker achieved that milestone at a a lot youthful age and with considerably fewer video games than his former teammate Spanoulis did. Calathes wanted 246 EuroLeague video games to succeed in 1,500, in comparison with the 320 video games Spanoulis performed earlier than reaching the identical quantity. Calathes was 32 years and 73 days outdated on the night time of his 1,five hundredth help, greater than 5 years youthful than Spanoulis when he hit that quantity.
Calathes wasn’t the one EuroLeague star to document a major help milestone this season. In Spherical 15, three-time champion Kostas Sloukas delivered the 1,000th help of his profession, turning into the eighth participant to ever accomplish that.
Wanting forward, Sergio Rodriguez is simply 91 assists shy of reaching 1,500 for his profession. Contemplating that he has dished not less than 100 assists in every of his final eight EuroLeague seasons, Seeing Rodriguez cross that threshold looks as if an affordable guess. No lively participant is inside 200 of the 1,000-assist milestone.
Calathes’s stand up the all-time assists chart is a results of the previous 4 years, which noticed Calathes produce 4 of the highest 5 single-season help totals. His 266 helpers this season are solely behind the record-setting 286 he dished through the 2018-19 marketing campaign. Calathes additionally has the fourth and fifth-best seasons with 255 and 249 assists, in 2019-20 and 2017-18, respectively.
That run led to Calathes ending this previous season with 1,526 profession assists to his title and considerably closing the hole behind Spanoulis, who leads the all-time charts with 1,607 assists. Spanoulis took over the all-time lead through the 2017-18 season and has carried a considerable lead ever since. However Calathes has now come inside 81 assists of the document.
If Calathes can preserve his present tempo, we might simply be witnessing him not solely surpassing Spanoulis for the all-time lead subsequent season, however turning into the primary participant to succeed in 2,000 assists someday through the 2022-23 marketing campaign.