With his team needing to bounce back at the start of a double-round, FC Bayern Munich first-year guard Nick Weiler-Babb stepped up in a major way on Tuesday, leading his team to a 93-95 road win at Khimki Moscow Region to earn the MVP of the Week honor. His season-high performance index rating of 38 topped all players in Rounds 22 and 23, making Weiler-Babb this season’s first rookie MVP honoree. The Bayern guard netted 25 points on 4-for-7 two-point and 4-for-6 three-point shooting, along with 8 rebounds and 5 assists, with all of those marks setting or tying his personal best. The remaining best performances of this week all also came from Round 22. Kevin Punter of AX Armani Exchange Milan had his personal-best PIR of 33 based on a career-high 27 points and 5 assists in a home win over Olympiacos Piraeus. Khimki guard Alexey Shved had a 31 PIR based on his 32 points and 11 assists against Bayern. And two veteran big men, Jan Vesely of Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul and Bayern’s James Gist, tied for the fourth-best performance this week with PIRs of 29 each. Vesely led Fenerbahce with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 82-75 win over Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv. Gist collected 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in Bayern’s triumph over Khimki.
Individual highs: Luca Vildoza, Baskonia, 5 steals
Shved scored 32 points, the most this week, in that Round 22 loss against Bayern. CSKA guard Mike James is EuroLeague’s leading scorer with 20.0 points per game. Olympiacos center Octavius Ellis collected 13 rebounds in his team’s Round 23 loss against FC Barcelona, more than any other player during the double-round week. CSKA center Nikola Milutinov is the league leading rebounder with 8.6 on average. Barcelona playmaker Nick Calathes led all players in assists this week, dishing 12 in Round 22 win over Zenit St Petersburg. Shved is the assists leader with 7.8 per game. TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz point guard Luca Vildoza had a week-high 5 steals in a Round 23 win over Zalgiris Kaunas. His teammate Pierria Henry tops the steals charts with 2.0 per contest. In that same win, Baskonia center Ilimane Diop led all players this week with 4 blocks. Panathinaikos center Georgios Papagiannis is EuroLeague’s top shot-blocker with 2.0 per game. There were five double-doubles this week, all in Round 22: Shved had 32 points and 11 assists; Scottie Wilbekin of Maccabi had 15 points and 10 assists; Zalgiris big man Joffrey Lauvergne collected 13 points plus 12 rebounds; Olympiacos forward Sasha Vezenkov had 18 points and 10 rebounds; and Milutinov had 10 points plus 11 rebounds.