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Efes Pilsen tabs October MVP Popovic
January 19, 2010
Efes Pilsen on Tuesday improved its roster for the upcoming Top 16 by inking point guard Bojan Popovic, the Euroleague's regular season steals leader, for the remainder of the season, the club announced Tuesday. Efes also got an option to keep Popovic until the end of the 2010-11 season. Popovic (190, 26) arrives from Lietuvos Rytas, where he ranked first in steals, with 2.4 per game, and third in assists, 5.4 on average, in the just-finished Euroleague regular season. He also scored 11.2 points per night. Popovic was chosen as the Euroleague's October MVP after leading L. Rytas to back-to-back wins against Efes and Orleans in which he averaged 11 points and 9.5 assists. He previously had two years of Euroleague experience under his belt as well, including the 2006-07 campaign with Dynamo Moscow, when he started all 22 games, averaged 10.7 points and helped the team reach the Quarterfinal Playoffs. Popovic grew up with FMP Zeleznik, where he made his professional debut and helped the club win the Serbian Cup twice, reach the ULEB Cup semifinals and win the Adriatic League. He joined Dynamo in 2005 and returned from injury beceme a key factor in the title game as the became ULEB Cup champion that season. After two years in Moscow, Popovic signed for Unicaja and later for Guipuzkoa Basket, also in Spain, before joining Lietuvos Rytas last summer.
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