Galis Named 3rd Best Scorer in Euroleague History
On behalf of the Euroleague, reporter Vladimir Stankovic chose the top 10 scorers in the competition’s history and ranked them accordingly. Among them is the Greek legend, Nikos Galis, who figures in 3rd place of the list!
Taking a brief look into Nikos Galis’ past, reporter Vladimir Stankovic states “If it were up to his father, Nikos would have become a boxer. Luckily for us, he discovered basketball. Nikos Galis was born in the USA from Greek immigrants. He played for Seton Hall in College Basketball and was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1979. Galis had a future ahead of him in the USA.
However, a call from Aris BC would change his life, even though it seemed to be for a short time at first. However, he stayed in Greece for good and became a scoring machine. He was the top scorer of the Greek League 11 times, won the championship 8 times, the Cup 7 times, was named MVP of the Greek League 5 times, and another 5 times in the play-offs.
In Europe, Galis was the top scorer of the continent 8 times and won the Eurobasket with Greece in 1987, scoring 40 points against the Soviet Union in the final. Furthermore, Galis was the top scorer in 4 Eurobasket competitions.
Once, in a game between Ionikos and Aris on November 24,1981, which ended 114-113 in overtime, Galis scored 62 points! His future teammate at both Aris and the National team, Panagiotis Giannakis, scored 72 points for Ionikos!
He was not very tall, only 6 feet, yet he was strong, a fighter, and was able to score in many different ways - distance did not matter. He was recently inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and was in FIBA’s first Hall of Fame class in 2007. He surely deserves it!’
Stankovic’s Top-10 list included:
10. Alphonso Ford
9. Velimir Perasovic
8. Antonello Riva
7. Marcus Brown
6. Juan Carlos Navarro
5. Drazen Dalipagic
4. Drazen Petrovic
3. Nikos Galis
2. Radivoj Korac
1. Oscar Schmidt