Wade Baldwin’s outstanding double-double made him Round 30 MVP

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Cesare Milanti

21/Mar/24 12:01


Against ASVEL, the American guard recorded Maccabi Tel Aviv’s highest PIR in a EuroLeague game since 2006

By Cesare Milanti / info@eurohoops.net

After Josh Nebo in Round 29, another Maccabi Tel Aviv player was named MVP of the Round. It’s the case of Wade Baldwin IV, who had an unbelievable night against ASVEL to keep the Israeli yellow-and-blue team in contention for the playoffs.

Dropping a double-double of 30 points and 10 assists, the former Bayern Munich and Baskonia skilled guard also added 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and 9 (!) fouls drew in the 98-90 victory. He shot 9/15 from two-point range and 1/2 from beyond the arc, converting 9/11 at the line.

He’s now the player with the highest PIR in a EuroLeague game for Maccabi Tel Aviv since Anthony Parker in 2006, who had 47 PIR against… ASVEL. The 27-year-old American star stopped at 46, his career-high.

“We continued to find a way to win games. We have guys who are committed to doing the right things and play hard when we need to. We are competing to beat a top-six team and tonight was a good push to get there”, he commented after the win.

Being named MVP of the Round also against Virtus Bologna (Round 20) and Panathinaikos (Round 23), he proved once again to be one of the best players in this year’s EuroLeague. The former Bayern Munich and Baskonia guard is putting up 17.7 points and 5.2 assists per game.

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Per the press release: “With a historic performance that vaulted his team two places higher in the standings, Wade Baldwin of Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv more than earned the MVP honor for Round 30 in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague.

Baldwin scored 30 points and dished 10 assists as Maccabi shook off visiting LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne 98-90 on Tuesday. He made 9 of 15 two-point shots, 1 of 2 threes and 9 of 10 free throws while also grabbing 5 rebounds and 2 steals. With the victory, Maccabi jumped from ninth to seventh place over Tuesday losers Virtus Segafredo Bologna and Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Baldwin’s resulting performance index rating of 46 was not only his career best, but the highest in the EuroLeague for more than three years and for Maccabi since 2006. He tied the great Nikola Vujcic for Maccabi’s second-best PIR this century, both of them just 1 PIR point behind club record-holder Anthony Parker with 47. Baldwin also became just the 17th player to earn seven or more MVP of the Round awards.

In the same game, ASVEL center Youssoupha Fall combined for 17 points and 12 rebounds for a PIR of 31, the second-best of Round 30.

Mathias Lessort of Panathinaikos AKTOR Athens came next with a PIR of 30 based on his 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in a 76-89 road win at Crvena Zvezda Meridianbet Belgrade. His teammate Kostas Sloukas, author of 17 points and 10 assists in the win at Zvezda, followed with a PIR of 29.

Two players tied for Round 20’s fifth-best PIR with 28 each. Bruno Caboclo of Partizan Mozzart Bet Belgrade posted an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double in an 87-83 home win over Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz. His PIR was matched by Mario Hezonja of Real Madrid, whose 22 points and 8 rebounds helped topple host ALBA Berlin, 79-86.”

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Martin Hermannsson setting up Khalifa Koumadje for a huge dunk ranked first in the Top 10 Plays of Round 30.

PHOTO CREDIT: Turkish Airlines EuroLeague

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