|Tony Parker's 34 points make him top French player abroad of the week
- by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of French who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (183-82). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-19) 120-111 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game.
Parker was MVP of the game. He scored 34 points (!!!) and added 8 passes in 40 minutes on the court.
The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 50-16 record this season.
It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Parker's first year with the team.
Parker has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.6apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 25.4% and FT: 79.8% in the 70 games he played so far.
Parker is currently a member of the French senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international guard Nando De Colo (202-87). He was the major contributor in a Valencia Basket's victory against the league leader Regal FC Barcelona (29-5) 81-76 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday.
De Colo scored 16 points and added 5 passes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (20-14) is placed fourth in the ACB.
De Colo is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fourth place).
He has very reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.9apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 35.5% and FT: 86.1%.
De Colo is in the roster of the French senior national team.
#3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help Cimberio Varese (17-15) in their last game. Despite Diawara's very good performance Cimberio Varese was badly defeated 91-75 on the road by the leading Montepaschi Siena.
He was the top scorer with 26 points. Diawara also added 7 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 32 minutes.
It's Diawara's first season with the team.
He has very impressive stats this year: 15.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 77.6% in the 36 games.
Diawara played for the French national team four years ago.
#4. Point guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket) was the main contributor in Krka's victory against the second-ranked Union Olimpija (7-3) 72-63 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Tuesday night's game.
He was the best player in that game. Nissim scored 17 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line).
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group Championship. Krka Novo Mesto (8-2) is placed first in Championship Group.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
Nissim's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.6apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and French.
Despite Nissim played previously for the Israeli national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.
#5. International power forward Boris Diaw (203-82) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker and both played together in the last NBA game.
Diaw contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-19) 120-111.
He scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes.
This year Diaw's overall stats are: 5.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.4apg in the 30 games.
Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Diaw is currently in the French national team roster.
#6. Forward Florent Pietrus (202-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nando De Colo. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which we would like to mention.
Pietrus helped Valencia Basket win their game against the closely-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (19-15) 75-67.
He scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Valencia Basket (20-14) is placed fourth in the ACB.
Pietrus' total stats this season are: 3.1ppg and 3.2rpg.
Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Pietrus is also an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.
#7. An experienced former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Levski Sofia (23-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Levski Sofia lost 82-87 in a derby game to the leading Lukoil Academik.
Evtimov scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes.
Evtimov is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders with 9.6rpg.
He also averaged so far 8.8ppg and 1.6apg in the 32 games.
Despite Evtimov played previously for the Bulgarian national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.
#8. Forward Aaron Cel (203-87) helped PGE Turow win their game against the third-ranked Zastal ZG (6-4) crushing them 95-69 in the Polish PLK last Thursday.
Cel scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
PGE Turow Zgorzelec (2-8) is placed sixth in Group A.
Cel's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 3.6rpg.
Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Cel is currently in the French U20 national team roster.
#9. International swingman Mickael Pietrus (198-82, agency: Court Side) was not able to secure a victory for the Boston Celtics (39-27) in their game against the Philadelphia 76ers (35-31) in the NBA.
He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 35 minutes.
The Boston Celtics lost 75-82 in Philadelphia to the 76ers.
This year Pietrus' total stats are: 6.0ppg and 2.7rpg in the 56 games.
He is also in the roster of the French national team.
#10. Power forward Ronny Turiaf (208-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) managed to help Miami Heat to win against the Boston Celtics (39-27) 93-79 in the NBA in Monday night's game.
Turiaf recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
The Miami Heat has a solid 46-20 record this season.
Turiaf has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 4.0rpg.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.
#11. Former U20 international guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89) helped Caja Laboral win their n overtime game against the closely-ranked Real Madrid 82-79 in the Spanish ACB last Tuesday.
Heurtel scored only 2 points in 10 minutes.
Heurtel has averaged so far 4.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.8apg in the 39 games.
He used to play for the French U20 national team
three years ago.
#12. Former international forward Francis Koffi (202-81, college: Fresno St.) helped Ourense win their game against the closely-ranked Prat Juventud 88-69 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Friday night.
Koffi was the top player that evening. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Koffi has relatively good stats this season: 11.9ppg and 5.7rpg.
Despite he played previously for the Ivorian national team, Koffi is currently in the French national team roster.
#13. Former international center Sylvere Bryan (208-81, also represented by Interperformances, college: Tampa) couldn't help Umana Venezia in their game against Armani Milano in the Italian SerieA. He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones.
Bryan scored only 2 points in 4 minutes on the court.
His team was edged 82-80.
Bryan has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 3.1rpg in the 32 games.
He used to play for the French national team
two years ago.