#1. This week's number one is an international center Marc Gasol (216-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led Memphis Grizzlies to a victory over the Sacramento Kings (19-34) 108-101 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game.
Gasol was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 12 rebounds in 41 minutes on the court.
The Memphis Grizzlies have a solid 33-18 record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
It's Gasol's fifth year with the team.
Gasol has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 13.8ppg, 7.8rpg, 3.6apg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 48.7% and FT: 87.4% in the 51 games he played so far.
Gasol is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international point guard Jose Manuel Calderon (192-81, currently plays in NBA). He was the main contributor in a Detroit Pistons' victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (25-25) 105-100 in the NBA last Saturday.
Calderon was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and making 10 passes. Calderon also added 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
The Detroit Pistons have 20-33 record this season.
This year Calderon has very high stats. He averages: 13.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 7.8apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 64.3%(18-28).
Calderon 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 Serge Ibaka (208-89, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an easy victory against the Golden State Warriors (30-22) crushing them 119-98 in the NBA on Wednesday night.
Ibaka scored 15 points, grabbed 9 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 6 shots in 32 minutes.
The Oklahoma City Thunder has a solid 39-13 record this season.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Ibaka has very impressive stats this year: 13.6ppg, 7.9rpg, 3.0bpg, 2FGP: 56.6%(274-484), 3FGP: 35.5% and FT: 77.2% in the 50 games.
He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Spanish.
Ex-C.B. L'Hospitalet player is also a member of the Spanish senior national team.
#4. Guard Ricky Rubio (192-90, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (19-30) in their last game. Despite Rubio's very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves lost 94-100 on the road to the New York Knicks.
He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and making 11 passes in 39 minutes.
It was Timberwolves' fourth consecutive loss in a row.
Rubio has relatively good stats this year: 7.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 6.3apg and 1.7spg in the 24 games.
He used to play for the Spanish national team
back in 2011.
#5. An experienced international power forward Pau Gasol (213-80, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Los Angeles Lakers' victory against the Brooklyn Nets (30-22) 92-83 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game.
Gasol recorded 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 34 minutes.
The Los Angeles Lakers have 25-28 record this season.
Gasol is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Lakers' roster.
He has very impressive stats this season: 13.4ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.6apg and 1.3bpg in the 36 games.
Gasol plays currently for the Spanish national team.
#6. Power forward Victor Claver (207-88, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Portland Trail Blazers (25-27) in their game against the Houston Rockets (29-25) in the NBA.
He recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes.
The Portland Trail Blazers lost 103-118 in Houston to the Rockets.
It was Trail Blazers' fourth consecutive loss in a row.
It's Claver's first season with the team.
This year Claver's overall stats are: 2.2ppg and 2.0rpg in the 28 games.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Spanish National Team roster.
#7. Former international center Ismael Torres (202-79, currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to secure a victory for Allavena (3-6) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Torres' very good performance the fifth-placed Allavena was edged 93-90 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Maldonado (#4) in the Serie 2.
He scored 17 points, had 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls. It was his first game for Allavena this season.
Torres' team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical.
Torres used to play for the Spanish national team
twelve years ago.
#8. Center Albert Miralles (208-82, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help ALBA Berlin (12-7) in their game against Bayern Muenchen (15-7) in the German BBL.
He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 17 minutes.
ALBA Berlin was badly defeated 79-61 in Muenchen by the second-ranked Bayern.
This year Miralles' total stats are: 6.0ppg and 3.4rpg in the 18 games.
He used to play for the Spanish national team
back in 2005.
#9. Former U17 international point guard Daniel Munoz (183-87, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped American win their game against the Colgate University (3-5) 70-55 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
He recorded 13 points and added 6 assists.
The The American University has 4-4 conference record this season.
Munoz has been at the team for four years.
Munoz has averaged so far 2.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.8apg.
He used to play for the Spanish U17 national team
ten years ago.
#10. Point guard Miguel Ortega (188-91, currently plays in Denmark), who plays in the Danish Ligaen couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Randers (10-13) in their last game. Despite Ortega's good performance Randers was edged 80-77 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#5) Naestved.
He scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 37 minutes.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Ortega is the league's best passer with 7.1apg.
This year his other stats are: 13.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.0spg in the 23 games.
Ortega is a former U18 international player as four years ago he still played for the Spanish national team.
#11. Former U17 international guard Alex Ramon (185-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Colgate in their game against the New Jersey Institute of Technology in the NCAA. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones.
Ramon recorded only 3 points in 3 minutes on the court.
His team was badly defeated by 19 points 77-58.
This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.0spg in the 23 games.
Ramon used to play for the Spanish U17 national team
three years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Spanish passport but never been selected to any of Spanish national teams:
#1.Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) led San Antonio Spurs to a victory against the Chicago Bulls (30-21) 103-89 in the NBA in Monday night's game.
Splitter recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his six free throws).
The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 41-12 record this season.
Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.4apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish.
#2. Experienced Luis Scola (206-F/C-80, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA could not help the Phoenix Suns (17-36) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Scola's very good performance the Phoenix Suns were defeated 91-85 on the road by the Los Angeles Lakers.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. Scola also added 3 assists and 4 steals.
It's Scola's first season with the team.
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Scola averages: 12.8ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.4apg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Spanish.
#3.Caio Silveira (211-C-87, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Liga Americas), who plays in Brazil was not able to help Flamengo (2-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Flamengo was defeated 91-79 at home by the leading Brasilia in the group B of Liga Americas.
Silveira was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 6 rebounds.
The Regular Season already ended in the Liga Americas.
Silveira is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league.
He has very reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.3apg.
Silveira has both Spanish and Brazilian nationalities.
#4.Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85, currently plays in Uruguay), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to secure a victory for Hebraica (2-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Barrera's good performance the seventh-placed Hebraica was edged 89-87 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Trouville (#3) in the Serie 1.
He scored 11 points, grabbed 7 boards, passed 7 assists and added 3 steals.
Barrera's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical.
Barrera is the league's best passer and also on the list of most steals (third place).
He has very reliable stats this season: 13.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 7.6apg and 2.1spg.
Barrera also holds two passports: Spanish and Uruguayan.
#5.Arnette Hallman (199-F-88, currently plays in Portugal), who plays in the Portuguese LPB couldn't help Academica (9-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Academica lost 79-93 on the opponent's court to the leading Benfica.
Hallman was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 6 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 40 minutes.
Hallman is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place).
He has very impressive stats this year: 16.0ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.9spg in the 14 games he played so far.
Hallman is a naturalized American.
He used to play for Estudiantes de Lugo in Spanish league.
#6.Juan Ignacio Sanchez (192-G-77, college: Temple, currently plays in Argentina) was the major contributor in Wuber-Est.Bahia's surprising victory against the third-ranked Lanus 75-74 in the Argentinian LigaA on Sunday night.
Sanchez scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
His total stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.7apg.
Sanchez has Spanish and Argentinian nationalities.
#7.Carlos Cherry (184-PG-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in France) led Quimper UJAP to a victory over the eighth-ranked Union Rennes 70-63 in the French NM1 (third division) in Tuesday night's game.
He was the top player that evening. Cherry scored 22 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 9 assists in 36 minutes.
Cherry is currently second on the list of best passers with 6.3apg.
He also averaged so far 14.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.4spg in the 18 games.
#8.Devin Davis (202-F-74, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Argentina) is a teammate of previously mentioned Juan Ignacio Sanchez. But that was another game of his team in Argentinian LigaA which we would like to mention.
Davis, who plays in the Argentinian LigaA couldn't help Wuber-Est.Bahia (16-18) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Wuber-Est.Bahia was edged 84-82 on their home court in Bahia Blanca by the higher-ranked GECR Indalo (#10).
Davis scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Davis has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.6apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Davis used to play for 13.6ppg, Reb-1(9.8), 2apg, in April '98 signed with Huelva in Spanish league.
#9.Aigars Skele (192-F-92, currently plays in Baltic League) managed to help BK Barons Kvartals Riga in a victory against the fourth-ranked KK Parnu 99-94 in the Baltic League last Saturday.
He scored only 3 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 22 minutes.
Skele has averaged so far 2.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.8apg in the 14 games.
#10.Alvaro Calvo (202-F-83, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to an easy victory against the 16th-ranked Tijuca TC 81-65 in the Brazilian NBB in Thursday night's game.
Calvo recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes.
He has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg in the 15 games.
EuroLeague: Balanced offence leads Real past Zalgiris - 1 day 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 - 2 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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