Italian SerieA round 8 best performance: Jonathan Gibson - Nov 20, 2012
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American point guard Jonathan Gibson (182-PG-87, agency: Three Eye Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Enel Brindisi, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. The 25-year old player was the main contributor (31 points, three rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Sutor MGR (#16, 2-6) with 19-point margin 97-78. Enel Brindisi is placed at 8th position in Italian SerieA. Enel Brindisi is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. In the team's last game Gibson had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Enel Brindisi's top player in his first season with the team. Former New Mexico State University star has very solid stats this year. Gibson is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.4ppg. Gibson is in league's top in and averages impressive 59.7% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Christian Burns (203-F-85) of Sutor MGR. Burns had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Sutor MGR lost that game 78-97 to the higher-ranked Enel Brindisi (#8, 4-4). This loss caused Sutor MGR to slide to the very bottom (16) position in the standings. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Sutor MGR managed to get this year. Burns is a newcomer at Sutor MGR, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Marvis Thornton (194-G-77) of league's second-best Banco di Sard.. Thornton scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Thornton's great performance Banco di Sard. lost 84-85 to #1 ranked Cimberio VA. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Banco di Sard. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 2 lost games. Thornton has a great season in Italy. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.1ppg (8th best). He also has 2.6spg and FGP: 55.8%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) of Acea Virtus RM - 20 points and 6 rebounds 5. Gani Lawal (205-C/F-88) of Acea Virtus RM - 18 points and 5 rebounds 6. Linton Johnson (203-F/C-80) of Sidigas AV - 12 points and 13 rebounds 7. Travis Diener (184-PG-82) of Banco di Sard. - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists 8. Craig Brackins (208-F-87) of Angelico BI - 22 points and 6 rebounds 9. Antywane Robinson (203-F-84) of Enel Brindisi - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89) of JuveCaserta - 22 points and 5 rebounds
The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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Very versatile player. Can play on 3-4-5 positions.Not a great speed, but very decent technique. Wide shoot range. Can hit 3-pointers.
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