By Antonis Stroggylakis/ firstname.lastname@example.org
The first VTB United League All-Star Game is finally happening this season. On February 11, the stars of one of the most competitive championships in Europe will gather in the city of Sochi to participate in a much anticipated event.
In light of this special occasion we decided to handpick the favorites, or the strongest candidates if you will, to participate in the All-Star gathering. We chose 12 non-Russian players that compile a pretty strong “World Stars” squad and 12 Russian players who create a kind of a… “national team” within the VTB.
Our criteria are rather simple and have to do with factors such as:
1) Each player’s individual performances. Not only the numbers they produce but also what they bring to the game of their teams and you can’t find in any statistics sheet.
2) The teams’ records in the league so far and their place in the standings. With one or two rare exceptions (that are completely justified as you will read) each player in our lists has contributed to a winning record of some significance. It goes without saying that the higher the team’s position in the standings, the more players it deserves in the All-Star game.
3) The players’ capability for… showtime! Because let’s be honest, that’s what the All-Star game is about. We want a strong fight on the court but also more highlights than we can handle.
DON’T FORGET! You can choose which players you want to see in the All-Star game by voting in the official VTB United League Facebook page. You have until January 9, 12 p.m. (CET +3) to cast your votes!