EuroLeague - Round 22 MVP: Krunoslav Simon, Anadolu Efes Istanbul
A stellar performance by Krunoslav Simon paced Anadolu Efes Istanbul to an important victory that kept his team one step ahead of the opposition in the race for the fourth place in the standings, and in the process saw Simon earn MVP of Round 22 honors. Simon powered Efes to a 93-74 home win over Herbalife Gran Canaria, accumulating a performance index rating of 34, the second best of his seven EuroLeague seasons and the highest of any player this round. Simon set a new career-high by scoring 25 points, making 5 three-pointers on only one miss. He had a near-perfect shooting night, also making 3-of-3 two-point shots and 4-of-4 free throws, while also posting 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 5 drawn fouls. This is Simon’s second MVP of the Round honor, five years after his first. Two players accumulated a PIR of 28, the second highest of this round: Khimki Moscow Region big man Jordan Mickey and AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas. In an important 90-98 road win victory over Buducnost Voli Podgorica, Mickey starred with 25 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Kuzminskas bagged 19 points plus 8 rebounds in a 90-78 win over Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul. Nicolo Melli of Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul claimed the next best index rating, 27, in an 85-66 win over Panathinaikos OPAP Athens which clinched Fenerbahce’s playoffs berth. Melli collected 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.