Keenan Evans wins Round 15 MVP award after EuroLeague career-night

2022-12-24 12:07

Keenan Evans had 32 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 39 PIR in a win against Bayern.

Credit: Dainius Lukšta
Credit Dainius Lukšta

Keenan Evans of Zalgiris Kaunas put on a memorable performance to make off with the MVP honor for Round 15, his first as a Turkish Airlines EuroLeague player.

Evans posted a PIR of 39, the third highest of the season, after dominating from start to finish in Zalgiris's 75-67 win over FC Bayern Munich.

His 32 points – he went 6-for-6 on two-point shooting, 5-for-9 from three-point range, and 5-for-8 on free throws – were the most by a Zalgiris player since 2014.

3-pointers this season

Points made: 8,3
Accuracy: 34,6%
Place in standings: 12
Record max: 16
Record min: 3
Most made 3FGs: Keenan Evans

He also added 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals in 31 minutes while drawing 6 fouls and committing only 1 turnover.

Evans had a PIR of 18 after just 8 minutes played, and his 21 points by intermission were the most in the first half of any game this season.

Following Evans was another guard, Nicolas Laprovittola of FC Barcelona, as he had a PIR of 31 in an 84-83 road loss against Valencia Basket. Laprovittola matched his career-high with 28 points, seeing 6-of-11 three-pointers drop, while he also had 7 assists and 4 rebounds.

Luca Vildoza of Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade had the third-highest PIR with 29, the second-best of his 118-game EuroLeague career. Vildoza led Zvezda in its 86-90 win at Olympiacos Piraeus, as he combined 22 points with 8 assists and 4 rebounds.

Bryant Dunston of Anadolu Efes Istanbul came next with a 28 PIR, his best in more than two years, in an 88-69 home win against Panathinaikos Athens. He recorded 13 points with 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block.

Jarell Martin of Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv completed the top performances in Round 15 with a PIR of 27 in a 70-83 win on ALBA Berlin's court, as the EuroLeague newcomer scored 21 points, including 4-for-7 shooting from downtown, to go with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.


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