Astana Kazakhstan guard Anthony Clemmons has been named the VTB United League December MVP.
It’s been four years since an Astana player was named MVP of the Month: Center Rasid Mahalbasic earned a monthly MVP award during the 2014-15 season.
The Most Valuable Player award is presented by ALROSA, the world leader in diamond mining and Russia’s biggest producer of diamonds. Like a diamond, the MVP meets the highest demands in every facet of the game.
TASS is the information partner for the award.
Clemmons beat out Avtodor center Artem Zabelin and Nizhny Novgorod guard Kendrick Perry for the December MVP.
Astana went 3-0 in December, winning by an average of 21 points per game (vs. Lokomotiv-Kuban, Kalev and Avtodor) to move into a club-record 4th place in the standings.
American Anthony Clemmons is the star on this Astana team, averaging 22.0 points (45% from beyond the arc), 7.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists and a 22.7 efficiency rating.
In Astana’s biggest win of the season (90-71 over Lokomotiv-Kuban), Clemmons scored a season-high 30 points as the Kazakh club won for the first time in Krasnodar.
– The December MVP is a real blessing for me, – said Clemmons. – I’m thankful to my teammates and the coaches because this wouldn’t happen without them. I practiced a lot in the summer so I could win awards like this and it’s paying off. I’m confident this is only the beginning and I can help the team win more games.