On Saturday night, Real Madrid’s leader, Sergio Llull, claimed the 2016/17 Euroleague MVP Award, proving he is one of the league’s best players.
It was inevitable for the 29-year-old Spaniard to be named the MVP, as he had a career year in the Euroleague this season.
Being simply unstoppable, and thanks to his impressive speed and footwork, Llull averaged 16.8 points and 5.9 assists per game in the regular season, in almost 28 minutes of action, helping his team reach the Final Four for the fourth time in the last five years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017).
The Spanish guard has a central role in coach Pablo Laso’s game plans and executes most plays in 1 on 1 or pick’n’roll situations.
Concurrently, he is able to dish assists to his team-mates and create open shots for them, making their opponents’ effort to stop him even more difficult.
Llull has been the league’s best “clutch” player as well, along with Vassilis Spanoulis, having made many crucial shots at the buzzer.
Last but not least, his excellent on and off-ball defence has transformed him into the best two-way player in the league.
That said, and because of all his accomplishments this season, it was no surprise for anybody that the 29-year-old player was named the MVP, as he certainly deserved it.
In the end, though, he will not play in Sunday’s Euroleague Final, as the “Whites” lost to Fenerbahce in the semi-final and were eliminated.