Dimitrios Diamantidis made history once again by serving his 1000th assist in the Euroleague Basketball contest.
It was on April 21 of this year that he surpassed fellow Greek legend Thodoris Papaloukas (977 assists) to climb to the top of the charts, becoming the 2nd Greek to hit that mark.
Three out of five top spots are taken by the greatest Greek point-guards (Dimitrios Diamantidis, Thodoris Papaloukas, Vasilios Spanoulis) the world has seen in the last two decades. After all, it was those three that lead Greece to one of its most impressive wins of all time, that against the USA for the 2006 FIBA World Cup semi-finals.
If all goes well, we will soon be seeing all three top spots taken by Greeks, as Vasilios Spanoulis needs less than 90 assists to knock down Pablo Prigioni (who now plays for the New York Knicks).
The next threat down the list is Serbian guard Milos Teodosic who at 27 years of age is already ranked 7th.
Here’s the complete list with the all-time Euroleague assists leaders:
1. Dimitrios Diamantidis 1000 assists / 228 games
2. Thodoris Papaloukas 977 / 252
3. Pablo Prigioni 798 / 183
4. Sarunas Jasikevicius 755 / 226
5. Vasilios Spanoulis 708 / 176
6. Juan Carlos Navarro 612 / 157
7. Milos Teodosic 612 / 157
8. J. R. Holden 608 / 209
9. Jaka Lakovic 580 / 218
10. Zoran Planinic 559 / 169