Anadolu Efes Vasilije Micic
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Point guard Vasilije Micic, a driving force in Anadolu Efes’ staying power among the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague elite, has been chosen the MVP of the 2020-21 season following voting by fans, media and – for the first time – head coaches and team captains.

Micic, 27, ranked fourth in scoring among all EuroLeague players, with 16.3 points per game, and ninth in assists, at 4.8 on average, leading Efes in both categories.

As the only EuroLeague player to make 70 or more three-point shots and 100 or more two-pointers and free throws, Micic was singular in his status as a triple-threat this season.

He was central to Efes turning around an 8-9 start to win 14 of its last 17 regular season games and surviving a five-game playoffs battle with Real Madrid to return to the Final Four.

Micic was revealed as this season’s MVP in a surprise presentation on Wednesday in Cologne, Germany, where Efes opens the Final Four in a semifinal against CSKA Moscow, a rematch of their 2019 title game, on Friday.

Micic becomes the 15th different player to be voted MVP since the current end-of-season awards format was introduced in 2005. He is the first to be chosen with votes cast by both the head coaches and the team captains, two of the three voting collectives who chose him among the other candidates from the All-EuroLeague First Team.

Micic had been voted previously to the 2018-19 All-EuroLeague Second Team in polling of media and fans only.