Euroleague: Nate Jawai named Top 16, Week 3 MVP


Nate Jawai was unstoppable for Barcelona Regal on Friday night, dominating inside, leading his team to victory with a career night and in the process earning Top 16 Week 13 bwin MVP honors. Jawai was the leading man in Barca’s 69-77 victory over Montepaschi in Siena, Italy. Making just his third start of the season in place of injured February MVP Ante Tomic, Jawai went for 22 points and 12 rebounds in compiling a performance index rating of 34, which led all players in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague this week. The Aussie center shot 9 for 10 from the field, made 4 of 5 free throws and also blocked 2 shots in brilliant effort. The second best index for the week came from the hands of Rudy Fernandez, who drained 6 of 8 three-pointers en route to 24 points and a 30 index in an 81-72 loss at CSKA Moscow. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv swingman Devin Smith needed just 18 minutes on the floor to amass a 27 index in a 101-58 rout of Besiktas JK Istanbul. Smith tallied 16 points on 3-of-3 three-point shooting, 9 rebounds and 2 steals. Rounding out the list of the week’s best are Marcus Williams of Unicaja Malaga and Jonas Maciulis of Panathinaikos Athens, each with 26. Williams recorded 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in a 64-70 win at Anadolu Efes Istanbul. Maciulis went for 24 points on 6-of-7 three-point shooting in a 60-82 decision at Brose Baskets Bamberg. MVP Video

Individual leaders: Omar Cook of Caja Laboral Vitoria, 11 assists

Three players scored 24 points in Top 16 game 13 to tie for the weekly lead: Andres Nocioni of Caja Laboral Vitoria, Rudy Fernandez of Real Madrid and Jonas Maciulis of Panathinaikos Athens. The Top 16 scoring leader remains Fenerbahce Ulker swingman Bojan Bogdanovic with 21.8 points per game. Jawai’s 12 rebounds were not only a personal best, but the best in the league all week. With 5.2 boards per game, Jawai is 12th in the Top 16; CSKA forward Viktor Khryapa tops that list with 8.4 per game. Omar Cook of Caja Laboral Vitoria came through with 11 assists to lead all players this week. Cook is 11th in the Top 16 with 3.9 per game. Zoran Planinic of BC Khimki Moscow Region has averaged 7.3 assist per game to top all players in the Top 16. Alba Berlin guard JeKel Foster recorded 4 steals to lead the weekly standings. Bo McCalebb of Fenerbahce Ulker sits atop the Top 16 standings with 2.5 steals per game. Panathinaikos big man Stephane Lasme rejected 4 shots and is now tied for second most in the Top 16 at 1.7 per game. Maccabi’s Shawn James is the Top 16 leader with 2.2 blocks per game.

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