The last Final Four MVP is ready for his next appearance at the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague’s crowning event later this month in Cologne, Germany.
CSKA Moscow forward Will Clyburn proved that much while leading his team to a 6-0 record in April that included the highest average performance index rating for any player in the playoffs, which was more than enough to earn him Euroleague Basketball’s nod as MVP for April.
CSKA swept its playoff with Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul while all other series reached five games, and Clyburn was the catalyst of that success. The fifth-year Euroleague veteran was at his best throughout the playoffs with a PIR average of 22.7 over three games to lead CSKA to its 17th Final Four in the last 18 opportunities.
Before that, Clyburn helped CSKA close out the regular season wins against Khimki Moscow Region, LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne and Panathinaikos OPAP Athens by an average margin of 16.7 points, rounding out CSKA’s perfect month of April.
Clyburn helped CSKA finish the regular season in style, averaging 10.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and a PIR of 16.0 in his team’s last three games before the playoffs.
Those three victories let CSKA tie FC Barcelona for the regular season’s best record, 24-10, although it would finish second due to a tiebreak disadvantage between them. Once in the playoffs against Fenerbahce, Clyburn stepped up to lead CSKA to three consecutive double-digit wins.
Clyburn averaged 21.0 points on 63.2% two-point shots, 5.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks for a PIR average of 22.7 in the playoffs, the best among all EuroLeague players. His PIR average ranks 10th all-time for playoffs winners.