Two players in big roles this season for historic clubs shared the Week 9 MVP honor while leading their respective teams to important victories for position in the Top 16. Olympiacos rising star Milos Teodosic and Chuck Eidson of Maccabi Electra, last season's Eurocup MVP, recorded performance index ratings of 34 each to earn the weekly MVP award for the first time in their careers. Teodosic stepped up when the Reds needed him most, in the absence of injured former Euroleague MVP Theo Papaloukas, to lead his team to an 85-93 overtime win at Efes Pilsen that clinched first place in Group B for Olympiacos. In addition to scoring 17 points, Teodosic dished a career-high 12 assists, just 2 fewer than the Euroleague single-game record which Papaloukas tied last month. Teodosic added 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 6 fouls drawn, while committing only 1 turnover in his 41 minutes of action. To get the same 34 index rating as Teodosic, Eidson paced a resounding 79-59 victory over Lottomatica Roma that lets Maccabi keep fighting for second place in Group C. The do-it-all swingman filled the stat sheet with a season-high 23 points while making 5 of 8 two-point shots and 10 of 12 free while also posting 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks and 9 fouls drawn. Following the co-MVPs, with a 32 index rating, was Ksistof Lavrinovic of Montepaschi Siena, who led his team to a massive home win against Fenerbahce Ulker with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, a block and 7 fouls drawn. Three players tied for fourth place with index ratings of 27 each: Slavko Vranes and Aleksandar Rasic of Partizan Belgrade, who rallied their team into the Top 16 with a 30-point home win against Lietuvos Rytas, and Justin Doellman of Entente Orleanaise, who led an upset victory over Unicaja on the road.
Individual highs: Viktor Khryapa of CSKA Moscow, 14 rebounds
Despite leaving his team's game early due to injury, Partizan center Aleks Maric remains the overall performance leader in average index rating of 24.6 per game. His teammate Rasic was Week 9's top scorer with a career-high 26 points in the win against Lietuvos Rytas. Matt Walsh of Union Olimpija netted 18 points in a loss to CSKA to remain this season's leading scorer with 18.6 points per game. In the same game, Victor Khryapa of CSKA Moscow led the week's rebounders by pulling down a career-high 14. He climbed to sixth on the rebounding list with 6.6 per game, quite a bit behind league-leader Travis Watson of Zalgiris, who boasts 10.7 boards per night. Teodosic's 12 assists against Efes topped the weekly standings and lifted his average to 3.8, which is half of his league-leading teammate, Papaloukas, who dishes 7.6 assists per game. Ibby Jaaber of Lottomatica and Felipe Reyes of Real Madrid each collected 5 steals in their games, the former climbing to third in the league with 2.1 steals per game. He trails only Bojan Popovic of L. Rytas and Mindaugas Lukauskis of Asvel Basket, who are tied for first place in steals with 2.4 per night. Darjus Lavrinovic of Madrid and Vranes of Partizan each blocked 4 shots in Week 9 to shoot up the standings. Lavrinovic overtook D'Or Fischer of Maccabi for the best blocks average so far, with 1.7 per game, and Vranes tied Fischer for second at 1.6. Only Teodosic (17 points, 12 assists) and Khryapa (14 points, 14 rebounds) registered double-doubles this week.