Fenerbahce Istanbul has made it to the Final Four for the fourth time in club history? It has also become the first Turkish team to reach four Final Fours and has done do in four consecutive years! Only CSKA Moscow has a longer Final Four streak than the Turkish powerhouse since the format was adopted in 1988.
...Fenerbahce has the chance to successfully defend the EuroLeague title? Only Maccabi Tel Aviv (2005) and Olympiacos Piraeus (2013) have managed to win back-to-back EuroLeague titles since the turn of the century.
...head coach Zeljko Obradovic is the winningest person, player or coach, in EuroLeague history? Obradovic has nine Euroleague titles (Partizan Belgrade 1992, Joventut Badalona 1994, Real Madrid 1995, Panathinaikos Athens 2000, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011, Fenerbahce 2017) as a head coach, which is more than any participant since the competition began in 1958.
...Obradovic can win his 10th EuroLeague title? This is his first chance to do so. Real Madrid is also looking for its 10th continental crown at this year's Final Four.
...Obradovic is at his 17th Final Four – more than any other coach or player since the format was adopted in 1988? CSKA Moscow leads all European clubs in Final Four appearances with 17 – which is as many as Coach Obradovic.
...Obradovic has taken six different teams to the Final Four? He has been there with Partizan Belgrade, Joventut Badalona, Real Madrid, Benetton Treviso, Panathinaikos Athens and Fenerbahce. Boza Maljkovic – with Split, FC Barcelona, Limoges, Panathinaikos and Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz – has coached five different teams to the Final Four.
...Obradovic led Panathinaikos to the Final Four eight times? No other coach has taken the same team as many times to the Final Four. Aito Garcia Reneses took Barcelona six times and Ettore Messina did the same with CSKA Moscow.
...Obradovic is looking for his 12th appearance in the championship game? He has reached the final with five different teams - Partizan, Joventut, Madrid, Panathinaikos and Fenerbahce - and won nine of 11 times!
...all of the other Final Four coaches have worked for Coach Obradovic in the past? Dimitris Itoudis of CSKA was his longtime assistant coach from 1999 to 2012 at Panathinaikos. Zalgiris coach Sarunas Jasikevicius played for Obradovic for four seasons in two stints with Panathinaikos. And Madrid coach Pablo Laso also played for Obradovic at Madrid from 1995 to 1997.
...Obradovic won his first EuroLeague title with Partizan Belgrade? He now returns to the Serbian capital to look for his 10th continental crown!
...Kostas Sloukas has the chance to win his fourth Euroleague title? Sloukas won titles with Olympiacos in 2012 and 2013 and lifted the trophy again with Fenerbahce in 2017.
...Sloukas has never lost a EuroLeague semifinal? Five games… five wins! (Olympiacos 2012, 2013, 2015; Fenerbahce 2016, 2017). He now looks for his fourth consecutive EuroLeague Championship Game appearance.
...Jan Vesely is one of three Czech players to have won the EuroLeague title? Jiri Zidek (Zalgiris, 1999) and Lubos Barton (Barcelona, 2010) were the first two to lift the EuroLeague trophy.
...Ahmet Duverioglu leads the 2017-18 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague in two-point shooting percentage? Duverioglu made 33 of 48 two-point shots (68.8%)
...James Nunnally ranks second in three-point shooting this season? He hit 46 of 82 shots from beyond the arc (56.1%) and only Johannes Voigtmann of KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz did better (57.7%).
...Nunnally is also the second-best three-point shooter in EuroLeague history? He has downed 78 of 153 shots (51%) from downtown in the competition and narrowly trails Jon Diebler (101 of 196, 51.5%) for the all-time lead.
...Marko Guduric has hit over 60% of his two-point shots (67.1%), over 45% of his shots from downtown (46.3%) and over 85% of his free throw attempts (87.5%)? He is the only player with such effectiveness this season.
...Guduric is one of four Fenerbahce players hitting over 85% of their free throw attempts. Joining him are Sloukas (92.4%), Luigi Datome (91.3%) and Nunnally (89.7%).
...other than Coach Obradovic, three Fenerbahce players have played for Belgrade teams in the past? Guduric and Nikola Kalinic played for Crvena Zvezda and Vesely even reached a Final four with Partizan.
...10 Fenerbahce players won the title with the team last season? Only Guduric, Wanamaker, Nicolo Melli, Sinan Guler and Jason Thompson are not reigning EuroLeague champions.
...Guler can become the first Turkish player to win the EuroLeague and the 7DAYS EuroCup titles? Guler lifted the EuroCup trophy with Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul in 2016.