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The FIBA Europe Player of the Year Award is an annual official FIBA Europe award inaugurated in the year 2005, with awards given for both men and women. The winner is a European basketball player whose performances with his or her sports club and national team throughout the year have reached the highest level of excellence. All European players, regardless of where they play in the world, qualify for the award, including NBA and WNBA players.

The winner receives the prize after winning a vote of the both fans and a panel of basketball experts, media members, and coaches from 25 different countries. Consequently, the legitimacy of the men's award is somewhat higher than the Superbasket magazine's Mister Europa Award and the Gazzetta dello Sport's Euroscar Award, which do not include the fan vote. That being specified, the importance of those two awards rely on their tradition, as their inception occurred in the years 1976 and 1979 respectively.

Also, the laureates are the same on all three lists in the great majority of cases, all of them representing the biggest European basketball stars since the mid seventies. Generally though, the FIBA Europe Player of the Year Award is considered to be the top yearly award worldwide for all European basketball players.

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Winners

If a winner played for more than one club team in the calendar year of his or her award, all teams are listed in chronological order. Note that women often play in the WNBA during the European offseason.

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Men

Year Player Nationality Pro Team(s)
2005 Dirk Nowitzki  Germany United States Dallas Mavericks
2006 Theodoros Papaloukas  Greece Russia CSKA Moscow
2007 Andrei Kirilenko  Russia United States Utah Jazz
2008 Pau Gasol  Spain United States Memphis Grizzlies
United States Los Angeles Lakers
2009 Pau Gasol  Spain United States Los Angeles Lakers

Women

Year Player Nationality Pro Team(s)
2005 Maria Stepanova  Russia Russia CSKA Samara
United States Phoenix Mercury
2006 Maria Stepanova  Russia Russia CSKA Samara
2007 Anete Jēkabsone-Žogota  Latvia Russia Dynamo Moscow
2008 Maria Stepanova  Russia Russia CSKA Samara
2009 Sandrine Gruda  France Russia UMMC Ekaterinburg
United States Connecticut Sun

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