MVP of the Week: Marcus Eriksson, ALBA Berlin

Mar 06, 2021 by Print

Marcus Eriksson was on fire as ALBA Berlin downed Khimki Moscow Region 81-100 in their Round 28 clash on Friday, not only tying the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague record with 10 made triples, but also earning the MVP of the Week honor. Eriksson scored a career-high and ALBA club-record 36 points, knocking down 10 of 13 three-point shots and 1 of 3 two-pointers. He also collected 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and had 3 drawn fouls for a performance index rating of 41, another career-best for his first weekly MVP award. The second-best performance this week belonged to Jan Vesely, who flirted with a triple-double while leading Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul to a 92-100 road win in a highly entertaining Round 27 game at Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan. Vesely collected 13 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 8 assists for a performance index rating of 35. Wade Baldwin IV of Bayern Munich had a PIR 34 in Thursday's come-from-behind 76-71 win over Panathinaikos OPAP Athens. Baldwin netted 27 points along with 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Next, with a PIR of 31, was Khimki's Jordan Mickey, who collected 29 points plus 9 rebounds and 2 steals in a Round 28 loss against ALBA. Completing the list of top performers this week was Vasilije Micic of Anadolu Efes Istanbul, who accumulated a PIR of 29 in his team's resounding 100-70 win over CSKA Moscow in Round 28, collecting 21 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.

Individual highs: Alexey Shved, Khimki, 5 steals

Eriksson led all scorers this double-round week with 36 points, which is tied for the fourth-highest total in a single game this season. Mike James of CSAK Moscow remains the EuroLeague scoring leader with 19.4 points per game. Walter Tavares had 11 rebounds in Round 27, the most of any player in a single game this week. CSKA center Nikola Milutinov is a rebounding leader this season with 8.6 per game. Khimki guard Alexey Shved had 12 assists in a loss against ALBA. Shved improved his season-best average to 8.1 per game. Shved also topped all players this week with his new career-high of 5 steals in a Round 27 win over Real. Pierria Henry of TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz tops the steals charts this season with 1.8 per game. Bayern big man JaJuan Johnson had 3 blocks in Round 28, the most of any player this week. Georgios Papagiannis of Panathinaikos remains a season shot-blocking leader with 1.8 per game. There were five double-doubles this week: Vesely (13 points, 10 rebounds), Tavares (14 points, 11 rebounds), Nikola Mirotic of FC Barcelona (18 points, 10 rebounds), Othello Hunter of Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv (14 points plus 10 rebounds) and Shved with 15 points and 12 assists.