A living link to the glory days of Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens did everything in his power last month to guarantee that the Greens will rise again.
For leading Panathinaikos on its current winning streak despite a crushing, last-second road loss to start that month, Nick Calathes is Euroleague Basketball’s choice as the MVP for November.
Through six games over 30 days ending last Friday, the 28-year-old guard accomplished a collection of impressive firsts. He posted the best-rated single-game performance in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague this season; he registered career highs in scoring and assists, as well; he came within a single rebound of a triple-double; and he dished more assists in a six-game span than any player in competition history.
Most importantly, with Calathes at the controls, Panathinaikos vaulted up the standings – from 12th to fourth place – by matching the season’s longest winning streak, five games and counting.
The fingerprints of Calathes were everywhere on that remarkable surge, making the 28-year-old guard a winning, first-time choice for MVP of the Month.