Oleson, Barcelona set to begin playoffs in Spain

May 28, 2014
Brad Oleson Basketball

Photo by Euroleague.net

Barcelona hasn’t won a Spanish League basketball title in two years, which probably seems like a lifetime for its rabid fans.

With six titles since 2000, Barcelona has won more league championships than any other team in Spain and twice as many as arch rival Real Madrid.

However, Real Madrid is the defending champion and ranked No. 1 this year.

If Barcelona and star guard Brad Oleson of North Pole are going to reclaim their rightful place atop the food chain, they’ll probably have to go through Real Madrid to get there.

The Spanish League playoffs begin this week with No. 3 Barcelona [27-7] taking on No. 6 Caja Laboral [19-15].

In 2009, Oleson played for Caja Laboral and helped the team shock Barcelona in the finals. Four years later he was traded to Barcelona, one of the most recognizable basketball teams in Europe.

With Barcelona, the 31-year-old Alaskan has provided clutch shooting and veteran leadership as a starting shooting guard.

Oleson, of UAF fame, is the team’s only player shooting at least 50 percent on 2-pointers, 40 percent on 3-pointers and 90 percent on free throws.

He is averaging 7.1 points in 23 Spanish League games, but that’s only because he doesn’t play a ton of minutes.

Oleson continues to prove he’s still a world-class shooter and was especially accurate during the Euroleague playoffs when he made 27-of-60 threes against defenses designed to stop him.