MVP Ladder, Vol. 3: The battle for the MVP award is flaring up!

08/Jan/19 16:27 January 8, 2019

Giorgos Orfanakis

08/Jan/19 16:27

The first half of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season is behind us and there are certain players who are leading the way. Eurohoops presents the third MVP Ladder of the season, with the players who stand out for the MVP award.

By George Orfanakis/

The 2018-2019 season is in full swing and after the completion of the first rounds there are certain teams and athletes that have stood out.

With the help of 5 specific criteria, Eurohoops presents for the third time the race for the MVP award as it currently stands. Take another look at the rankings in the second MVP Ladder of the season.

The criteria that were used are the following:

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.

We’ve reached Round 17 of the regular season and the candidates for the MVP award are limited to eight. This means that certain big names, including the injured Alexey Shved, were left out for now. The next few weeks will be decisive for most of the players…