Turkish Airlines EuroLeague RS - Round 30 MVP: Wade Baldwin, Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
Turkish Airlines EuroLeague RS - Round 30 MVP: Wade Baldwin, Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz Wade Baldwin of Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz flirted with a triple-double on his way an outstanding performance in a winning effort, allowing him to earn the MVP honor for Round 30. Baldwin led Baskonia to an 85-68 victory against ALBA Berlin, finishing the game with 19 points while making 4 of 8 two-pointers, 1 of 3 three-pointers and 5 of 6 free throws. He added 7 rebounds, 10 assists, a steal and 6 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 29, the highest in Round 30. As such, Baldwin earned his second MVP of the Round honor this season – he also did it in Round 17 – and the third of his Turkish Airlines EuroLeague career. Following him, Georgios Papagiannis of Panathinaikos OPAP Athens posted a PIR of 26 in his team's 101-73 road loss against Olympiacos Piraeus. Papagiannis had 18 points on 9-for-13 two-point shooting, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and 2 blocks. Moustapha Fall of Olympiacos and Tyler Cavanaugh of Zalgiris Kaunas came next, with PIRs of 25 each. Fall made 6 of 7 two-point shots on his way to 13 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and a block against Panathinaikos. Cavanaugh registered 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 fouls drawn in a losing effort against Anadolu Efes Istanbul. Rudy Fernandez of Real Madrid, with a PIR of 24, completed the top individual performances in Round 30.
Individual highs: Vincent Poirier, Real Madrid, 12 rebounds
Daryl Macon of Panathinaikos led all Round 30 scorers by pouring in 23 points against Olympiacos. Vasilije Micic of Efes is the competition's season-long top scorer at 17.3 points per game. Vincent Poirier of Real led all rebounders by pulling down 12 boards in a winning effort against LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne. His teammate, Walter Tavares, ranks first overall at 7.9 boards per night. Baldwin of Baskonia was the only player to reach double digits in assists, getting 10 in his team's win against ALBA. Lorenzo Brown of UNICS Kazan ranks first overall in assists at 6.1 per game. Bryant Dunston of Efes, Rokas Giedraitis of Baskonia, Sergi Martinez of FC Barcelona and his teammate Dante Exum each collected 3 steals in Round 30. John Brown of UNICS leads the steals table at 2.8 per night. Steven Enoch of Baskonia had 3 blocks against ALBA. Tavares is also top the blocks' list at 1.7 per night. Poirier (10 points, 12 rebounds) and Baldwin (16 points, 10 assists) were the only players to register double-doubles in Round 30.