#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: Baskonia upset Real in Madrid - 20 hours ago
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Real Madrid - Baskonia 87:91 Baskonia celebrated the second win in EuroLeague regular season. They upset Real Madrid in the Spanish capital. Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) tossed in 21 points including a late three-pointer to lead the Basque team. Baskonia unleashed 32 points in the opening quarter to take a 13-point lead. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second term. Baskonia ensured a 54:43 halftime lead. Real pulled closer in the third quarter. They got within 3 points at the... [read more]
Real Madrid - Baskonia 87:91
Baskonia celebrated the second win in EuroLeague regular season. They upset Real Madrid in the Spanish capital. Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) tossed in 21 points including a late three-pointer to lead the Basque team. Baskonia unleashed 32 points in the opening quarter to take a 13-point lead. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second term. Baskonia ensured a 54:43 halftime lead. Real pulled closer in the third quarter. They got within 3 points at the final intermission 66:69. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Sergio Llull committed a crucial turnover and then Jaka Blazic punished the hosts with a three-pointer as Baskonia got away with a valuable road win. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92) produced 18 points, while Tornike Shengelia (205-F-91) added 14 points in the victory. Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85, college: San Jose St.) answered with 16 points for Real Madrid. Luka Doncic (201-PG-99) tossed in 15 points in the defeat.
Montakit Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa) parted ways with experienced 36-year old former international point guard Carlos Cabezas (186-80). In 5 Liga Endesa games he averaged 10.2ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg this season. He played 2 games in Eurocup where he had 3.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. The last season Cabezas played at UCAM Murcia. In 37 Liga Endesa games he recorded 6.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.5apg. Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Russian A Superleague in 2010.... [read more]
Montakit Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa) parted ways with experienced 36-year old former international point guard Carlos Cabezas (186-80). In 5 Liga Endesa games he averaged 10.2ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg this season. He played 2 games in Eurocup where he had 3.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. The last season Cabezas played at UCAM Murcia. In 37 Liga Endesa games he recorded 6.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.5apg. Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in Russian A Superleague in 2010. Cabezas received also Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team award back in 2007. He was also a member of Spanish international program for some years. Cabezas played for Spanish Senior National Team between 2003 and 2009 and previously for U21 National Team in 2001. He represented Spain at the European Championships in Poland seven years ago. Cabezas' team won Gold and his stats at that event were 7 games: 2.4ppg, 1.4apg. Cabezas has played previously professionally in Spain (Baskonia, Unicaja Malaga and CAI Zaragoza) and Russia (Khimky). He is described as:
Tough player. Can play within a team concept. Terrific shooter. Great 3 point shooter. Agressive defensive player.
Spanish LEB Gold round 5 best performance: Jason Cain - 1 day ago
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American Forward Jason Cain (208-F-85, agency: Stealth Sport) had a very impressive game in the last round for Marin, receiving a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 5. The 31-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, seven rebounds) to as his team Marin moved-up to the 13th position in Spanish LEB Gold. Marin is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 3rd lost game this season out of 5 games. In the team's last game Cai... [read more]
American Forward Jason Cain (208-F-85, agency: Stealth Sport) had a very impressive game in the last round for Marin, receiving a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 5. The 31-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, seven rebounds) to as his team Marin moved-up to the 13th position in Spanish LEB Gold. Marin is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 3rd lost game this season out of 5 games. In the team's last game Cain had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Marin's top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Virginia star has very solid stats this year. Cain is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.3ppg) and averages impressive 76.5% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Serbian Nikola Cvetinovic (203-PF-88, agency: 011 Sports) of Araberri. Cvetinovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Araberri cruised to an 82-71 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Marin (#13, 2-3). This victory allowed Araberri to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Cvetinovic is a newcomer at Araberri, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was guard Mikel Uriz (182-PG-89) of Palma (#11). Uriz showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Uriz's great performance Palma lost 67-82 to the lower-ranked Huesca (#16, 1-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Palma ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Uriz could help Palma to bring them higher in the standings. Uriz has a very solid season. In 5 games in Spain he scored 7.4ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Urko Otegui (203-F/C-81) of Palencia - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Joan Creus (185-PG-92) of Coruna - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Papa Mbaye (209-C-90) of Forca Lleida - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Xavier Forcada (194-G-88) of Prat - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Mike Carlson (206-F/C-91) of Gipuzkoa GBC - 20 points and 5 rebounds 9. Oscar Alvarado (184-PG-91) of Araberri - 9 points and 10 assists 10. Ivan Cruz Uceda (208-C/F-91) of Breogan - 15 points and 11 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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