#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jose Manuel Calderon (192-81, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Toronto Raptors (2-6) in their last game. Despite Calderon's very good performance the Toronto Raptors lost in a triple overtime (!!!) 133-140 on the road to the Utah Jazz.
He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and making 17 passes. Calderon also added and 3 steals in 50 minutes on the court.
It was Raptors' fourth consecutive loss in a row.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's Calderon's eighth year with the team.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Calderon averages: 11.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 6.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.1%, 3FGP: 53.3%(16-30) in the eight games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international power forward Serge Ibaka (208-89, currently plays in NBA). Ibaka led Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the Detroit Pistons (0-8) 105-94 in the NBA last Friday.
He was MVP of the game. Ibaka scored 25 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks.
The Oklahoma City Thunder has a solid 6-2 record this season.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
This year Ibaka has very high stats. He averages: 14.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.6bpg, 2FGP: 57.1%(44-77), 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 91.7%(22-24).
Ibaka has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Spanish.
Ex-C.B. L'Hospitalet player is in the roster of the Spanish senior national team.
#3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Pau Gasol (213-80, currently plays in NBA). Gasol was the major contributor in a Los Angeles Lakers' victory against the Golden State Warriors (3-3) crushing them 101-77 in the NBA in Friday night's game.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 16 rebounds. Gasol also added 2 blocks.
The Los Angeles Lakers have 3-4 record this season.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Gasol is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Lakers' roster.
This season he has very high stats. Gasol averages: 13.8ppg, 9.9rpg, 3.3apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 41.3% and FT: 87.5%.
He is also a member of the Spanish senior national team.
#4. Center Marc Gasol (216-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (4-2) 108-90 in the NBA last Wednesday.
Gasol scored 14 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 37 minutes.
The Memphis Grizzlies have 4-1 record this season.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
Gasol has been at the team for five years.
He has very impressive stats this season: 14.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 5.2apg and 1.2bpg in the six games.
Gasol is also Spanish national team player.
#5. Former international center Albert Miralles (208-82, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help ALBA Berlin (2-3) in their game against Maccabi T-A (5-0) in the Euroleague.
He scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
But the third-placed ALBA Berlin was edged 78-76 in Tel-Aviv by the leading Maccabi T-A in the group B of Euroleague.
It was ALBA Berlin's third consecutive loss in a row.
Miralles' overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 5.6rpg.
He used to play for the Spanish national team
seven years ago.
#6. Guard Daniel Munoz (183-87, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to American's victory against the Quinnipiac College 61-55 in the NCAA last Monday.
Munoz recorded 13 points and added 3 passes.
The The American University has conference record this season.
Munoz plays fourth season for the team.
His overall stats this year are: 6.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.9apg.
Munoz is a former U17 international player as he played for the Spanish team nine years ago.
#7. Former U18 international point guard Miguel Ortega (188-91, currently plays in Denmark), who plays in the Danish Ligaen was not able to secure a victory for Randers (3-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Randers lost 105-111 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#5) Vaerlose.
Ortega recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 32 minutes.
Ortega is ranked second on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (third place).
He has very reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.4apg and 1.9spg in the 11 games.
Ortega used to play for the Spanish U18 national team
three years ago.
#8. Point guard Salvador Camps (178-79, currently plays in Ireland) contributed to Moycullen's victory against the closely-ranked DCU Saints (3-4) 88-79 in the Irish Superleague in Saturday night's game.
Camps recorded 9 points and added 6 assists in 21 minutes.
Moycullen Galway (2-4) is placed fifth in the Superleague.
This year Camps' overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.3apg and 2.7spg in the three games.
He used to play for the Spanish national team
back in 2001.
#9. Former U20 international guard Francisco Robles (195-81, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Derby Trailblazers (0-4) crushing them 85-54 in the British EBL D1 (second division) last Sunday.
Robles recorded 9 points. It was his first game for Bristol Acadamy Flyers this season.
His team is placed first in the EBL D1.
So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season.
It's Robles' first year with the team.
He used to play for the Spanish U20 national team
twelve years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Spanish passport but never been selected to any of Spanish national teams:
#1.Luis Scola (206-F/C-80, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Phoenix Suns (4-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Phoenix Suns lost 81-94 on the road to the Utah Jazz.
Scola had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 35 minutes.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
It's Scola's first year with the team.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Scola averages: 14.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg in the eight games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Spanish.
#2.Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 2-point San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (3-4) 84-82 in the NBA on Tuesday night.
He scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 7-1 record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Splitter's overall stats this season are: 5.9ppg and 3.9rpg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish.
#3.Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85, currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to help Hebraica (12-5) in their last game. Despite Barrera's good performance the fourth-placed Hebraica lost 66-71 in a derby game to the leading Malvin in the Capital group.
He recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals in 36 minutes.
Barrera belongs to league's best passers (ranked #2) and also on the list of most steals (third place).
He has very reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.9apg and 2.2spg in the 16 games.
Barrera has both Spanish and Uruguayan nationalities.
#4.Arnette Hallman (199-F-88, currently plays in Portugal), who plays in the Portuguese LPB was not able to secure a victory for Academica (2-1) in their last game. Despite Hallman's good performance Academica lost 62-71 at home to the leading Benfica.
He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Hallman also added 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 40 minutes.
Hallman is currently third on the list of best rebounders with 11.7rpg.
This year his other stats are: 13.3ppg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg in the three games.
Hallman is a naturalized American.
He used to play for Estudiantes de Lugo in Spanish league.
#5.Sergi Coll (204-F/C-82, currently plays in Portugal) led Ovarense to a victory against the closely-ranked Barcelos (2-2) 74-69 in the Portuguese LPB in Saturday night's game.
Coll recorded 11 points and had 3 steals.
Ovarense Dolce Vita (3-1) is placed third in the LPB.
It's Coll's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg.
#6. Experienced Carlos Cherry (184-PG-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in France) led Quimper UJAP to a victory over the 12th-ranked Rueil 74-59 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday.
Cherry was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 35 minutes.
Cherry has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.2spg in the six games.
#7.Omar Quintero (183-PG-81, college: S.Nazarene, currently plays in Mexico) contributed to a 2-point Huracanes' victory against the 13th-ranked Lechugueros 71-69 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) on Thursday night.
He scored 10 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists.
Quintero is currently fifth on the list of best passers.
He has very reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 3.7rpg and 4.7apg.
Quintero also holds two passports: Spanish and Mexican.
#8.Rodrigo Riera (184-G-72, currently plays in Uruguay) contributed to Cordon's victory against the 12th-ranked Sayago 72-66 in the Uruguayan LUB in Tuesday night's game.
He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes.
This year Riera's overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.9apg in the 14 games.
He has dual citizenship: Spanish and Uruguayan.
#9.Carlos Fernandez (197-F-87, college: IlIinois Tech, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Worcester Wolves to win against one of league's weakest teams Cheshire Jets 97-84 in the British BBL in Saturday night's game.
He recorded only 4 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
Fernandez's overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg.
#10.Pablo Ibon (201-F-76, currently plays in Uruguay) contributed to Aguada's victory against the 13th-ranked Atletico Welcome 72-63 in the Uruguayan LUB last Wednesday.
He recorded 7 points in 22 minutes.
This year Ibon's overall stats are: 5.6ppg and 1.7rpg in the 14 games.
He holds both Spanish and Uruguayan passports.
EuroLeague: Balanced offence leads Real past Zalgiris - 2 days ago
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Real Madrid - Zalgiris 96:91 Real Madrid claimed the eighth victory in EuroLeague regular season. They held off visiting Zalgiris in the Spanish capital on Thursday. Six players scored in double digits for the hosts. Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) led the effort with 17 points. Real dropped 25 points in the first period to take a 3-point lead. Zalgiris denied the deficit in the second term. The Lithuanian powerhouse tied things up at 49 heading into the second half. Real regained the advantage... [read more]
Real Madrid - Zalgiris 96:91
Real Madrid claimed the eighth victory in EuroLeague regular season. They held off visiting Zalgiris in the Spanish capital on Thursday. Six players scored in double digits for the hosts. Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) led the effort with 17 points. Real dropped 25 points in the first period to take a 3-point lead. Zalgiris denied the deficit in the second term. The Lithuanian powerhouse tied things up at 49 heading into the second half. Real regained the advantage after the long break. The hosts poured in 25 points in the third term to take a 5-point advantage. They protected the lead throughout the fourth quarter and registered a tough win at the end. Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85, college: San Jose St.) had 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Felipe Reyes (204-PF-80) added 12 points for the hosts. Kevin Pangos (188-PG-93, college: Gonzaga) answered with 19 points for Zalgiris. Brock Motum (208-F/C-90, college: Washington St.) had 17 points in the loss.
ICL Manresa (Liga Endesa) inked 27-year old Ukrainian international power forward Igor Zaytsev (210-99kg-89). He already started the season at Stelmet Zielona Gora in Polish PLK league, but left the team in Dec.'16,. In 9 games he averaged 4.8ppg and 2.0rpg this season. Zaytsev also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 4.1ppg and 2.7rpg. The last season he played at Rosa (TBL) in Polish league. In 40 games he recorded 10.8ppg and 5.1rpg. Zaytsev helped them to win th... [read more]
ICL Manresa (Liga Endesa) inked 27-year old Ukrainian international power forward Igor Zaytsev (210-99kg-89). He already started the season at Stelmet Zielona Gora in Polish PLK league, but left the team in Dec.'16,. In 9 games he averaged 4.8ppg and 2.0rpg this season. Zaytsev also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 4.1ppg and 2.7rpg. The last season he played at Rosa (TBL) in Polish league. In 40 games he recorded 10.8ppg and 5.1rpg. Zaytsev helped them to win the cup and make to league final. He also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 11.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg. Among other achievements Zaytsev received Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Most Improved Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team award back in 2011. He has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Zaytsev has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009. He also represented Ukraine at the European Championships last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.0%. Zaytsev has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Zaytsev has played previously professionally in Iran (Petrochimi) and Ukraine (Azovmash, Kryvbas, Khimik and Krivbas DYUSH-5 Kryvyi Rih). His game is described as:
A very good outside shooter for his size, he's very effective at both the 5 and 4 positions.
Carlson's 31-point game gives him LEB Gold Player of the Week award - 3 days ago
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25-year old power forward Mike Carlson (206-F/C-91, agency: Duran International) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Gipuzkoa GBC and receives a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 13. He had the game-high 31 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Gipuzkoa GBC as his team lost the game against Castello (#13, 5-8) 73-79. Despite this loss Gipuzkoa GBC managed to keep Spanish LEB Gold leading position. They afford to l... [read more]
25-year old power forward Mike Carlson (206-F/C-91, agency: Duran International) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Gipuzkoa GBC and receives a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 13. He had the game-high 31 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Gipuzkoa GBC as his team lost the game against Castello (#13, 5-8) 73-79. Despite this loss Gipuzkoa GBC managed to keep Spanish LEB Gold leading position. They afford to lose this game, but they have to be very careful to avoid similar "accidents". Gipuzkoa GBC has a very solid 9-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Carlson had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Gipuzkoa GBC's top player in his first season with the team. Truman State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Carlson is in league's top in points (5th best: 15.7ppg) and averages solid 40.9% from behind 3-point line.
Second best performed player last round was Zaid Hearst (193-G) of Araberri. He is American-Nigerian guard in his first season at Araberri. In the last game Hearst recorded impressive 29 points and 9 rebounds. Of course Araberri cruised to a 94-82 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Palencia (#5, 9-4). This victory allowed Araberri to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hearst is a newcomer at Araberri and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.2ppg (#2). He also registered 4.2 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Nikola Rakocevic (191-G-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) of Caceres (#11). Rakocevic got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He was a key player of Caceres, leading his team to a 83-78 win against the lower-ranked FC Barcelona II (#18, 2-11). The chances of Caceres ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Rakocevic could help Caceres to bring them higher in the standings. Rakocevic has a great season in Spain. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Alberto Fontet (213-C-86) of Huesca - 19 points and 8 rebounds 5. Oliver Arteaga (208-C-83) of Melilla - 23 points and 3 rebounds 6. Jordi Trias (208-F-80) of FC Barcelona II - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Jose Salvador Arco (196-G-84) of Breogan - 25 points and 3 rebounds 8. Pep Ortega (201-PF-84) of Prat - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Nikola Cvetinovic (203-PF-88) of Araberri - 19 points and 11 rebounds 10. Felipe Dos Anjos (218-C-98) of Oviedo - 14 points and 9 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen 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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