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CSKA’s best foreign players in United League history. De Colo, Siskauskas or Teodosic?

Date: July 12, 2024 Time: 15:46:36

CSKA’s best foreign players in United League history. De Colo, Siskauskas or Teodosic?

Nikita Biryukov June 17, 2024, 15:15 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

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The 2009/2010 season is the first in the history of the VTB United League. The new league started life with eight teams, and in its current form we have 12 teams from Russia, one from Belarus and one from Kazakhstan. In the history of the United League there have been an incredible number of foreign players of various sizes. CSKA Moscow is the club with the most titles in the tournament. In 2024, the military team raised the eleventh championship trophy above their heads.

“Championship” invites you to remember the best foreign CSKA players in the history of the United League. During the voting, the basketball players will take their places; The rating depends entirely on the votes of the “Championship” readers and is formed online.

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Rating: CSKA’s best foreign players in United League history

Nando De Colo

The French point guard joined CSKA immediately after playing in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs. Abroad, De Colo was not bad, but he failed to establish himself. But within the army team he almost immediately became one of the leaders. Nando is a five-time United League champion, two-time EuroLeague champion, EuroLeague MVP, EuroLeague Final Four MVP and winner of the Alphonso Davies Trophy, which is awarded to the most productive player of the season. The Frenchman was named the United League’s most valuable player three times. In his 143 games in Russia, the guard averaged 18.9 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds.

Milos Teodosic

Almost the most famous foreign player in CSKA history. Teodosic is a six-time United League champion, two-time playoff MVP, EuroLeague champion and also one of the best assistants in United League history: third place after Alexey Shved and Dmitry Khvostov. Milos personified the classic point guard, completely leading CSKA’s game in those years. Before moving to the NBA, the Serbian basketball player played 144 games in the United League, averaging 14.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists.

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Matjaz Smodis

The power forward played for CSKA from 2005 to 2011. Together with the team he won the Euroleague twice and also became champion of the VTB United League. The Slovenian basketball player found our favorite tournament late in his career and also missed a season due to injury. But still, one cannot help but remember Smodis when talking about CSKA in those years. In total, Matjaz played 10 games in the United League, showing statistics of 8.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists.

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Trajan Langdon

The American defender played for CSKA alongside Holden, Smodis and Theodoros Papaloukas, forming an incredibly strong core for a long time. With the army team, Langdon became a two-time EuroLeague champion and won the United League once. The end of Trajano’s career coincided with the formation of the United League, so his statistics in the tournament are not particularly impressive: 9.0 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists. But in his best years, like Holden, Smodis and Papoulukas, he did wonders on the court.

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John Robert Holden

The American point guard played for CSKA in the United League for only two seasons. But this did not stop Holden from writing his name in the history of the tournament. He became the first playoff MVP in United League history: in 2010 he helped the Army team win gold medals, scoring 16 points in the final game against UNICS Kazan. In addition, John played in the team from 2002 to 2011, being remembered by everyone for his excellent performances in the Euroleague and other equally important tournaments. In 2020, Holden was inducted into the United League Hall of Fame. The legendary player played 18 games in the United League, averaging 5.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists.

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Ramunas Siskauskas

The Lithuanian basketball player came to CSKA at a rather late age, having played for a long time in his homeland, Italy and Greece. Siskauskas won the Euroleague with the military team in 2008 and at the same time became the most valuable player of the tournament. As a member of the Moscow Club, Ramunas became two-time champion of the United League (2009/2010 and 2011/2012). In total, the forward played 29 games in the tournament, in which he averaged 8.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists. It is worth remembering that in 2014 Siskauskas received the honor of becoming a “Euroleague Legend”, a kind of Hall of Fame of the tournament, which currently has only nine players.

Photo: Denis Tyrin, “Championship”

Kyle Hines

The American center played for CSKA from 2013 to 2020. During his tenure with the team, Hines became a six-time United League champion. Kyle is the tournament leader in number of career matches among all foreign players (195). In the 2015/2016 season he was recognized as the best defensive player of the tournament. In addition, the center back is the owner of four Euroleague championship titles (twice as part of the army team). Hines’ United League stats: 10.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists.

Sergio Rodriguez

The Spaniard visited the NBA, played for Real Madrid and only then ended up at CSKA. In a short period with the Army team, from 2017 to 2019, Rodríguez became a two-time United League champion, EuroLeague winner and United League Final Four MVP. Sergio was an important part of the team, he came mainly from the bench but contributed enormously to the club’s success. He played 53 games at VTB EL, in which he averaged 11.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists. Now the point guard continues to play for Real Madrid, but as a veteran, the Spaniard is 38 years old.

Photo: Dmitry Golubovich, “Championship”

Will Clyburn

Originally from Detroit (USA), he played for CSKA from 2017 to 2022. During this time, Clyburn became a three-time United League champion and won the EuroLeague once. During the period when Will played for CSKA, the Muscovites’ lineup was full of excellent players. But even among them, the striker sometimes stood out, winning matches and series almost alone. In total, Clyburn played 110 games in the United League, averaging 14.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

mike james

Although Mike did not spend much time at CSKA, he managed to be remembered for his incredibly brilliant individual performances. The American point guard played for the club in the Russian capital from 2019 to 2021. With the team he became champion of the VTB United League in 2021. In total, James played 32 games in the tournament, in which he showed excellent statistical indicators: 19 .0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists. It is true that the American’s stay at CSKA ended in a conflict with Dimitris Itoudis and subsequent departure from the team. However, the memories of the game of the point guard, who became the Euroleague MVP this season with Monaco, cannot be thrown away anywhere!

Corey Higgins

The two-time EuroLeague winner (2016, 2019) played for CSKA from 2015 to 2019. After which he moved to Catalan club Barcelona. As part of the Army team, Corey became a four-time United League champion. Before playing for the capital club, Higgins played for Triumph from the beautiful city of Lyubertsy, which later served as the backbone for the formation of Zenit. In 2014, the American became the best sniper in the United League. In total, Higgins played 110 games in our beloved tournament, averaging 11.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

Theodoros Papaloukas, who played for CSKA from 2002 to 2008, deserves special attention. Together with the team, the legendary Greek basketball player became a two-time Euroleague champion and a seven-time champion of Russia. True, Papaloukas did not manage to play much in the United League – 18 games in the 2012/2013 season. But he still achieved the championship with the team. Theodoros, along with Siskauskas, is a EuroLeague legend.

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