One of the head-to-head matchups to keep an eye on in the 7DAYS EuroCup Finals starting on April 9 is at shooting guard, where two 24-year old competition rookies, ALBA Berlin's Martin Hermannsson and Valencia Basket's Matt Thomas, have been of huge importance for their respective teams throughout the season.
Matt Thomas, Valencia
Valencia's shooting guard has had quite a EuroCup debut, with his role growing as the season went along. He is the team's top scorer with 12.7 points per game, having posted double figures 10 times during Valencia's 14-game winning streak. He nearly matched his average to lead the team in scoring in the playoffs, too, with 12.5 points on average. Thomas has also knocked down 43 triples this season, the fourth-most in the competition, and has done it with 45.3% accuracy, making him the most dangerous three-point threat on this perfectly-balanced team.
Martin Hermannsson, ALBA
For a team that battled backcourt injuries throughout the regular season and Top 16, this rookie combo guard has done just about everything to keep ALBA's well-oiled offense moving. Hermannsson averages 12.9 points, third-best on the team, while his 4.9 assists rank eighth in the competition. His ability to knock down 6 triples in 24 minutes, as he did in a Top 16 game against Rytas Vilnius, or to dish 10 assists in 22 minutes, as he did in quarterfinals Game 1 vs. Unicaja Malaga, shows the versatility that Hermannsson brings to the table for ALBA.