By John Rammas/ email@example.com
We evaluated the players – 10 being the highest score – in five different areas that can demonstrate the competitive value of each of them so far this season.
Player’s performance: The individual performance in combination with the demands that existed before the start of the season greatly affects the decision as to who is the MVP. Certain players exceeded initial expectations and others confirmed they belong in the elite of European basketball.
Team’s course: Basketball is a team sport and if someone cannot convert their individual performances into wins for their team, then they automatically lose points in the race for the MVP.
Player’s role: How would each team perform if we automatically removed the MVP candidate from the squad? There are players who are the alpha and omega of their squad, with their key presence providing an advantage on the MVP Ladder.
Consistency: The performance of certain star players varies in big games. Some play consistently at… full throttle, without fluctuations. There are also players who specialize in making their teammates better in every game, even if they themselves don’t put up good numbers. As the season progresses, however, their value peaks.
Leadership: The biggest names in the EuroLeague have to step up when their team needs them. Their contribution in those moments – both in defense as well as in offense – can be as important as their overall numbers. This element, along with other leadership characteristics, adds points and is seriously taken into account when drafting the MVP Ladder.
Honorable mentions: Kevin Pangos (Zenit St Petersburg), Pierria Henry (TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz)
#6 SERGIO RODRIGUEZ (previous rank: 1st)
AX Armani Exchange Milan | Guard | June 12, 1986 | Spain
12.8 pts | 2.7 reb | 4.7 ast | 1.3 stl | 0.1 blk | 1.8 tov | 22:17 min | 15.2 PIR | 9 G
Player’s performance: 7
Team’s course: 8
Player’s role: 9
After a career-high start in the first four rounds, Sergio Rodriguez’s stats show a decline and the same goes for AX Armani Exchange Milan’s course. He has dropped down to 14th place in points and his assists (12th) are no longer enough to fill the gap. His overall image in the last month is fully reflected in his position in PIR, where he is now out of the Top 10 (12th).
We will, however, grant him the excuse that the Italian team has not played all of the games and it’s hard for a player to recover his rhythm in such circumstances. Plus, his absence from the last game (a 77-80 loss vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens) was noticeable.