By Stefan Djordjevic/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Teams have played out the first half of the 2019-20 Basketball Champions League regular season and it’s time to give some attention to the MVP race. It’s still early in the season with seven more gamedays to be played in the regular part while the BCL MVP also takes into account the playoffs.
So, this list will not give overwhelming importance to the current stat lines of teams and players but will try to predict which squads have the highest chance to make it to Final Four and which player would be the most responsible for them getting there.
In fact, the past three seasons MVPs all led their teams to the Final Four – Jordan Theodore, Manny Harris, Tyrese Rice – while only Harris led his squad to the title.
Without further ado, the top five BCL MVP predictions, in no particular order:
David Holston (JDA Dijon)
13.9 points, 8.1 assists, 2 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 18.6 PIR
The only pick on the list from Group D, David Holston has been the go-to guy for JDA Dijon which holds the top of its group with a 5-2 record and has logged some impressive wins proving they are more than capable to go far this year.
Now, you might think that the stat line above isn’t that impressive but he’s the second-best in assists behind Iberostar Tenerife’s Marcelinho Huertas as the only two players to average more than eight per game. He also logged a double-double with 13 assists last week vs. Besiktas.
More importantly, he has been very clutch for the French squad and even single-handedly secured one of the wins. It was against PAOK on Gameday 4 when he banked three straight shots from deep in the last 90 seconds of the game.