No player has been MVP of the Round in Turkish Airlines EuroLeague history more than Nando De Colo, and CSKA Moscow’s All-EuroLeague guard has done it once again in Round 21. De Colo was on fire as CSKA smashed Buducnost 99-69 on Friday night. A veteran of 155 EuroLeague games, he accumulated a career-high performance index rating of 38 by scoring 26 points, shooting 3-for-3 for two pointers, 4-of-8 three-pointers and all 8 free throws. He also collected 7 assists, 7 rebounds, had 1 steal and drew 7 fouls, earning his 14th MVP of the Round honor, which is four more than any player ever. De Colo was not the only player with a stellar performance this round. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens point guard Nick Calathes shined with 20 points, 13 assists and 8 rebounds in an 88-75 win over Anadolu Efes Istanbul, accumulating this week’s second-best index rating, 35. Jeremy Evans of Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul had a PIR of 31, collecting 18 points, 12 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks and 2 assists in a dramatic loss against Real Madrid. The next best index rating, 29, belongs to Nikola Milutinov of Olympiacos Piraeus, who had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 6 drawn fouls in a loss against FC Barcelona Lassa. Rounding out the list of this week’s best performers is Derrick Williams of FC Bayern Munich. In a thrilling double-overtime win over Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul, Williams had 19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 assist for a PIR of 26.
Individual leaders: Marcus Eriksson, Herbalife Gran Canaria, 28 points
Marcus Eriksson of Herbalife Gran Canaria led all scorers with a career-high 28 points in Round 21. Mike James of AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan remains the league leader with 20.3 points per game. Evans was Round 21’s best rebounder with 12 rebounds. Milutinov is league’s top rebounder this season with 8.1 per game. Calathes was the only player with double-digit assists this round, and he extended his lead atop the season’s assists charts with 8.3 per game. Evans and Brandon Davies had 3 steals, the most of all players in Round 21. Toney Douglas jumped atop the rankings in steals, with 1.8 on average. Evans and Malcolm Thomas were this round’s best shot-blockers, each with 3 blocks. Walter Tavares of Real Madrid leads the competition with 1.9 blocks per game. There were three double-doubles in Round 21: Calathes had 20 points and 13 assists, his Panathinaikos teammate James Gist posted 11 points plus 10 rebounds, while Evans had 18 points and 12 boards.