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Player of the Week

Michal Michalak, 6'5, Lodz, G, 1993

Michal MichalakMichal MichalakIn the first game with his new/old team (from Warsaw, he already previously played with Lodz last year) the young Polish guard had an amazing game last week: in the defeat against Siarga Tarnobrzeg (the team featuring [Player: Przemysław Karnowski], another hope of Polish basketball), Michalak scored 31 points, 7-10 from twos, 3-5 from the arc and 8-13 from the free throw line. With Politechnika Warsaw, Michalak was playing 16 minutes per game and averaging 7.2 ppg.

Even if some of his points came when the game was already decided, he showed his complete arcenal in scoring: he has a really nice three point shot, has a good body and can take the contact and finish around the rim. Also a good rebounder and has good skills in passing the ball.

Who’s Hot

Leo Westermann, Lyon-Villeurbane, 6'6, SG, 1992

Westermann didn't have a gorgeous game, but he scored in double digits for the eighth straight time. In all these games, he shot pretty well and dished assists (6 twice). As a player, he reminds of Antoine Rigadeau: the young playmaker is smart, has good size for the role, shot very well, and has good vision; maybe, he grabs too little rebounds for his size (2.1 per game).

Along with Evan Fournier, on the U20 French national team; in the last European Championships, he showed a lot of personality, and led the team to bronze. He needs to gain more experience and needs to improve on defense, where struggles against playmakers that are more explosive and faster than him.

Bojan Dubljevic, Buducnost-Voli, 6'9, PF/C, 1991

Similar toWestermann, Dubljevic has been very consistent and efficient in the last seven games. He scored in double digits seven times (his best performance was 20 points), and also grabbed a lot of rebounds in relation to his time on the court (best performance: 12). He is a modern center: he can play around the rim and shoot from three. To play in the NBA, he has to improve his shot, but he has good hands and technique to become a nice power forward. In the last European Championships U20, he was the best center along with Furkan Aldemir: in relation to Aldemir, Dubljevic has less rebounding ability, but has better movement than the Turk.

Who’s Not

Davis Bertans, 6'8 Partizan Belgrade, SF, 1992

After a nice European performance in Lithuania, it was expected that Bertans would have a better impact. He started the season with Union Olimpija, but was traded to Partizan at the beginning of January. First of all, he is a shooter, but he is not shooting well, 36% from the arc, and shot too little from two: right now, he shot only 16 times from two and well 36 from three. Moreover, he is not a good rebounder (1.3 per game), but Bertans is young, has soft hands and has all the time to become an NBA player (he was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 42th at the last draft, but was immediately traded to the San Antonio Spurs).

Worth Mentioning:

Viktor Gaddefors (6'7, Air Avellino, G, 1992), is playing a good season in the Italian league, and in the last game he scored 11 points.

Raul Neto – Raulzinho (6'0, Lagun Aro, P, 1992) Had an impressive game last week: in 9 minutes, he scored 13 points, with 3-6 from three; the young Brazilian playmaker is having a nice season, scoring 6.8 points per game in 18 minutes on the court. But lacks great athleticism for the NBA.

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