Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana forward Edo Muric overcame a slow start to his season and hopes to carry his recent strong form over as his team readies to play its first game of 2022.
Muric averaged 9.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in the first three rounds of this 7DAYS EuroCup campaign. He had two games where he combined to score just 6 points, with a career-best 21-point night in a Round 2 home win over Mincidelice JL Bourg en Bresse in between.
Starting with Round 4, rather than providing flashes of what he can do, Muric has been consistently playing at a high level and has been one of Cedevita's top contributors.
Cedevita did not play last week, but between Rounds 4 and 8, Muric averaged 15.2 points and in doing so doubled his average from the first three rounds. He scored in double figures in each of those five games, including matching his career-high 21 points while making a career-best 5 triple in an overtime loss against ratiopharm Ulm.
He followed that up by scoring 10, 18, 12 and 15 points in the next four contests while accumulating a PIR of at least 13 in each of the team's last five games.
Over the five-game span, Muric also increased his presence on the glass, improving from 2.3 rebounds to 5.2 per game, and has also averaged 1.4 steals over his last five appearances.
After posting an average 8.7 PIR in the first three rounds, Muric has more than doubled that number in his last five appearances by averaging an index rating of 17.8.
More impressive of all has been Muric's accuracy, which has been one of the main reasons for his great production; Muric has been making shots from all ranges.
Muric did well in the first three rounds, making 55.6% of his two-pointers and averaging 1.3 triples on 50.0% shooting from behind the arc. Starting with Round 4, Muric has been worth 2.8 triples on 46.7% long-range shooting.
What has been especially impressive has been his high efficiency inside the arc, where he has made 13 of 17 shots (76.5%). Muric will now try to continue performing at a high level in the new calendar year starting when Cedevita hosts Gran Canaria on Wednesday night.