Top 16, Round 2 MVP: Malcolm Delaney, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

Jan 09, 2016 by Euroleague.net Print
Top 16, Round 2 MVP: Malcolm Delaney, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

Malcolm Delaney continued his dominance of the Top 16 for Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar as he became the first player in two seasons to win back-to-back weekly MVP honors in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Delaney starred in Lokomotiv's come-from-behind 78-77 victory over Anadolu Efes Istanbul with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for a performance index rating (PIR) of 30, the most by any player in Round 2 of the Top 16. Delaney made 4 of 7 three pointers and 9 of 10 free throws in another superb effort, which saw his average index rating climb to 21.4, third-best in the league. He is now second in the league in scoring at 18.1 points per game. Delaney edged CSKA Moscow guard Nando De Colo for the Round 2 honor. De Colo put together another monster game in leading CSKA to a 95-81 decision over reigning Euroleague champion Real Madrid. In scoring 28 points to tie his Euroleague career high, De Colo made 9 of 13 two-point shots and 3 of 5 three-pointer plus his lone free throw attempt. He also dished 7 assists. De Colo now leads the league with an average PIR of 22.7 per game. Dimitris Diamantidis of Panathinaikos Athens and Quincy Miller of Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade starred again for their respective teams and totaled index ratings of 27. Diamantidis led the Greens past Unicaja Malaga 68-66 with 17 points on perfect shooting from the field and 7 of 8 from the foul line plus 7 assists. Zvezda lost 65-88 to Fenerbahce Istanbul despite 21 points on near-perfect shooting and 4 blocked shots from Miller. Rounding out the top individual performances of the week were Milos Teodosic of CSKA and Nikos Zisis of Brose Baskets Bamberg, each with index ratings of 26. Teodosic contributed 23 points, 7 assists and 4 steals to his team’s victory. Zisis paved the way to Bamberg’s first ever Top 16 win – a 96-63 rout of Zalgiris Kaunas – with 18 points and 5 assists.

Individual leaders: Jan Vesely, Fenerbahce Istanbul, 5 blocked shots

De Colo had the most points in Top 16 Round 2 and remains the season's leading scorer with an average of 19.1 points per game – one point more than second-ranked Delaney. Jan Vesely of Fenerbahce Istanbul is now fifth in the league in rebounding with 6.9 per game after his monster 15-board effort in a win in Belgrade. Vesely not only led all Round 2 players in rebounds, but his 5 blocks topped the charts this week, too. He ranks fifth in blocks with 1.3 per game. Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz center Ioannis Bourousis remains the full season leader with 9.2 rebounds per game and Miller leads the blocked shots standings with 2 per game. Former Euroleague MVP Sergio Rodriguez was the round's top assist man with 13; he now ranks third for the season with 6.5 per game. Thomas Heurtel of Anadolu Efes Istanbul leads all players with 7.6 assists per game. Teodosic and Bogdan Bogdanovic of Fenerbahce share the weekly lead with 4 steals apiece. Panathinaikos guard Nick Calathes is the full season leader at 1.9 steals per game. Vesely (15 points, 15 rebounds), his Fenerbahce teammate Bobby Dixon (17 points, 11 assists), Derrick Brown of Anadolu Efes (15 points, 11 rebounds), Nicolo Melli of Brose Baskets Bamberg (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Gustavo Ayon of Real Madrid (10 points, 4 rebounds) all registered respective double-doubles in Top 16 Round 2.