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Jonas Valanciunas - is MVP of February

 

The center of Lithuanian Lietuvos Rytas Jonas Valanciunas got the title of VTB United League MVP champion according to February results.

Owner of the title «Most Valuable Player» of the month is determined by VTB United League and «Sport-Express» newspaper this season. The selection of MVP and symbolic top five of the month is performed by using specially developed formula where the statistics of players is included (specifically- rating of performance) as well as the opinion of the League’s experts.

As a result, Valanciunas scored a total of 11 points leaving behind in the top three pretenders for the MVP of February center of Russian Khimki Kresimir Loncar (5 points) and forward of Russian Lokomotiv-Kuban Jeremiah Massey (4 points).

As for Valanciunas statistics in February his Lietuvos Rytas played in three games of VTB United League championship and gained three victories - over Russians Enisey, Lokomotiv-Kuban and Polish Asseco Prokom. 19-year-old Lithuanian center in these games was the most prominent figure on the court made 16,3 points, 11,7 rebounds, 3,0 block-shots, 1,0 assists and eventually earned 25,0 points for effective actions.

Into symbolic top five of the month along with Valanciunas are included center Kresimir Loncar (Khimki), forward Andrey Kirilenko (CSKA) and guards Jack McClinton (Budivelnik) and Sandis Valters (VEF).

How was the MVP determined

Rating of effectiveness*:
 1. Jonas Valanciunas (Lietuvos Rytas) - 5 points (efficacy per game - 25,0)
 2. Jeremiah Massey (Lokomotiv-Kuban) - 4 points (22,7)
 3. Artur Drozdov (Azovmash) - 3 points (22,0)
 4. Justin Knox (Minsk-2006) - 2 points (20,7)
 5. Kresimir Loncar (Khimki) - 1 point (19,5)

  *- For players who participated in at least 2 February games.

Experts of VTB United League:
 1. Jonas Valanciunas (Lietuvos Rytas) - 3 points
 2. Kresimir Loncar (Khimki) - 2 points
 3. Jack McClinton (Budivelnik) - 1 point

Experts of «Sport-Express»:
 1. Jonas Valanciunas (Lietuvos Rytas) - 3 points
 2. Kresimir Loncar (Khimki) - 2 points
 3. Andrey Kirilenko (CSKA) - 1 point

Results:
 1. Jonas Valanciunas (Lietuvos Rytas) - 11 points
 2. Kresimir Loncar (Khimki) - 5 points
 3. Jeremiah Massey (Lokomotiv-Kuban) - 4 points
 4. Artur Drozdov (Azovmash) - 3 points
 4. Justin Knox (Minsk-2006) - 2 points
 5-6. Andrey Kirilenko (CSKA) - 1 point
 5-6. Jack McClinton (Budivelnik) - 1 point

- Was I recognized as MVP? – Asked star center of Lietuvos Rytas, when he learnt this wonderful news. – Well, I’m really pleased with it. This is the case when your personal achievements coincide with your team’s achievements.
- What of your previous awards, which you have a lot, is the most valuable for you?
- I don’t want to choose between one. Because my personal achievements are always the last thing I think about. The Team comes first. I was the world champion, and the champion of Europe in junior tournaments. And it’s much more important than being recognized as MVP  there.

Full interview with Jonas Valanciunas you can read on our web-site under «Interviews».

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