Bostjan Nachbar named MVP of the week30 nov. 2013
As a seasoned Turkish Airlines Euroleague veteran, Bostjan Nachbar knows exactly when it's time to step up. By doing so at the perfect moment on Friday, he led FC Barcelona into the Top 16 and walked off as the bwin MVP for Regular Season Round 7. In his first start this season with his new team, Nachbar had a performance index rating of 31, which was the most among all players on winning teams this week. Nachbar poured in a game-high 23 points, hitting 4 of 6 two-point shots, 3 of 5 behind the arc, and 6 of 7 from the free throw line. He also led Barcelona with career-high 9 rebounds, in addition to 1 assist, 1 block and 7 drawn fouls, helping Barcelona end Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul's undefeated season with a 94-81 home win. The top index rating of the week, 36, belongs to Keith Langford of EA7 Emporio Armani Milan in a losing effort as his team fell in a 73-71 thriller to host Zalgiris Kaunas. Langford collected 29 points, along with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 13 fouls drawn. Two players finished with performance index ratings of 29. On Thursday, Lokomotiv Kuban forward Derrick Brown starred in a road win at Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius. The next night, Daniel Hackett of Montepaschi Siena led the way for the Italian champs against Bayern Munich and matched Brown's impressive output. Brown was simply all over the place as he and Lokomotiv clinched a Top 16 berth, finishing the game with 20 points on 8-of-12 two-point shooting plus 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, a block and 4 fouls drawn. Hackett compiled 15 points and 10 assists as Siena won at home for the first time this season. He added 4 rebounds, a steal and 11 fouls drawn in a key win that kept his team's Top 16 hopes alive. Jonas Maciulis of Panathinaikos Athens rounds out this week's the Top 5 with a performance index rating of 28. Maciulis collected 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals in 79-77 defeat to Laboral Kutxa Vitoria.
Individual leaders: Jamon Gordon of Anadolu Efes, 5 steals
Langford was this week's highest scorer with 29 points. Alexis Ajinca of Strasbourg is back at the top of the regular season scorers with 19.1 per game. Real Madrid center Ioannis Bourousis grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Round 7. Pops Mensah-Bonsu of Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul still leads the league with 11.4 per night. Hackett dished out 10 assists as the only player this week with double-digit assists. Dimitris Diamantidis of Panathinaikos had 7 assists to remains the competition's leader with 7.7 per game. Jamon Gordon of Anadolu Efes had 5 steals to lead all players in Round 7. Gordon and Charles Jenkins of Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade are now tied with 2.6 for the best steals average in the league. Richard Hendrix of Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar and Alex Tyus of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv shared the weekly lead with 4 blocks apiece. Bryant Dunston of Olympiacos Piraeus leads all blockers with 2.1 per game. Three players recorded double-doubles in Round 7: Nemanja Bjelica of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul collected 20 points and 11 rebounds, John Bryant of FC Bayern Munich had 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Hackett had 29 points and 10 assists.