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Vlado Micov, the story behind his lethal three-point shot

20/05/2020
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The triple made at the end in Valencia was Vlado Micov’s number 310 of his EuroLeague career. The 310 threes place him at number 17 in the all-time list, but among the players who precede him only three have a better tree-point shooting percentage than his 41.67%. They are Jaycee Carroll (389 threes, 42.33%), Arturas Milaknis (365 threes, 42.2%) and Trajan Langdon (339, 42.7%). Considering the all-time top 20 three-point shooters, there would be another one, Nando De Colo, who made 294 threes while making 43.11% of his attempts. It means that Micov is one of the best shooters in the history of EuroLeague both in terms of volume and accuracy. Vlado had only one bad shooting year, during the 2014/15 season, when he was playing for Galatasaray and made only 31.1% of his attempts. In the following four seasons, he had 43.2% three-point shooting accuracy in Istanbul last season, 44.3% in the first year in Milan, then 39.4% in 2018/19, when he set his personal best of threes made and attempted, 56-for-142, and 41.0% during this season. He also had a streak of at least one triple made in 11 of the last 12 appearances on the court.

There is another stat to underline about Vlado Micov: in the last week of competition, he played the number 85 EuroLeague game for Olimpia. In the history of the club no one has played more games than he has in the top international competition. To be clear, Mike D’Antoni played 77 games, Dino Meneghin stopped at 76 (Nicolò Melli, Curtis Jerrells and Andrea Cinciarini have 82). During their time, fewer games were played annually and the access to the main competition was guaranteed only by the win in the domestic league, so much so that the team that won the EuroLeague in 1987 and 1988, in the 1988/89 season couldn’t defend its trophy because in 1988 it failed to protect its Italian league title.

The fact remains that Micov played 85 EuroLeague games for Olimpia, with 1,048 points scored. These too are club records for the EuroLeague. Counting the Fiba’s Champions Cup Fiba, Vlado is second behind the 1,292 points scored by the legendary Bob McAdoo (who averaged 25.8 points per game, second only behind the 26.5 scored by Bill Bradley who however played only 12 games in 1965/66). His average is 12.3 points per game. It means a lot that its highest season averages belong to the last four seasons, in spite of his age. Because age is just a number.