Krunoslav Simon produced the best performance of his Euroleague career, inspiring his team’s comeback with an outstanding all-round display and claiming Top 16 Round 4 bwin MVP honors. The 28-year-old Croatian forward led Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar to its second straight Top 16 victory in an 80-75 come-from-behind home effort over Zalgiris Kaunas on Friday night. Simon spent nearly 34 minutes on the floor, in which he amassed 21 points while connecting on 4 of his 5 two-point tries, 4 of 6 three-point attempts, and converted on his only trip to the free-throw line. Simon also dished a career-high 8 assists, pulled down 6 rebounds, had 2 steals, a block, and drew 6 fouls for a new personal best index performance rating of 35, and his first ever weekly bwin MVP award. Alex Tyus of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv had the next-best index for the week’s games. In an 88-67 rout of Partizan NIS Belgrade, Tyus complied an index rating of 26 with 16 points on 8-for-8 shooting plus 9 rebounds. Another big man, Nenad Krstic of CSKA Moscow, compiled an index of 25 in an 85-71 win over previously unbeaten Real Madrid. The center collected 18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and a block. Aleks Maric of Lokomotiv Kuban and Justin Dentmon of Zalgiris rounded out the week's top performances with index ratings of 23. Maric contributed across the statistical columns with 10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks, while on the opposing team Dentmon scored 15 points and dished 11 assists along with 2 steals. MVP Video
Individual leaders: Kerem Gonlum of Anadolu Efes, 1,000 career rebounds
Simon shared the week’s scoring lead with Carlos Arroyo of Galatasaray Liv Hospital. Dentmon remains the league’s top scorer this season with 17 points per game, while Partizan NIS Belgrade’s Bogdan Bogdanovic is the Top 16’s best scorer with 20.8 per game. Kerem Gonlum of Anadolu Efes hauled in 14 rebounds in his team’s buzzer-beating win over EA7 Milan. Galatasaray’s Pops Mensah-Bonsu’s 9.6 rebounds per game are best this season; Devin Smith of Maccabi is the Top 16 leads with 8 per game. Dentmon set a club Euroleague record with 11 assists against Lokomotiv, which marked the most of any player in Top 16 Round 4. Panathinaikos great Dimitris Diamantidis tops the tables both for the Top 16 (9.3 apg.) and the full season (7.9 apg.). The Greens’ Jonas Maciulis topped the weekly charts with 4 steals. Jamon Gordon of Efes leads the league with 2 steals per game; Lokomotiv’s Derrick Brown is the Top 16 leader with the same 2 steals per game. The weekly high in blocked shots was 2, accomplished by four players: Lokomotiv’s trio of Valeriy Likhosey, Maric and Alexey Khukanenko and Fenerbahce Ulker’s Gasper Vidmar. Bryant Dunston of Olympiacos and Shawn James of Maccabi share the league lead with 1.5 blocks per game. Unicaja’s Fran Vazquez – the Euroleague career shots blocked leader – tops the Top 16 charts with 1.7 per game. Three players racked up double-doubles this week: Zoran Erceg (19 points, 10 rebounds) of Galatasaray and Yassin Idbihi (11 points, 10 rebounds) of Bayern Munich together with Dentmon (15 points, 11 assists).