After a perfect month that he began and ended with game-winning shots on the road, forward Nikola Mirotic of Barcelona is Euroleague Basketball’s choice as MVP for February in the EuroLeague.
Few players have ever had a go-to month quite like Mirotic’s February, when his last-shot heroics ensured that Barca qualified early for this season’s playoffs.
With four victories in February – three of them on the road, and all against teams positioned for the playoffs at tip-off time – Barca extended its current streak to seven wins total, the team’s longest in almost five years.
None of it would have been possible without Mirotic, who had the EuroLeague highest average performance index rating for the month, 25.5 – not to mention the best timing for his biggest shots.
As a result of his stellar virtuosity, Mirotic has now become the first player to win the MVP of the Month honor four times in the award’s 16-season history.
In addition to leading the league in PIR and hitting two game-winners, Mirotic averaged 21.0 points and 6.0 rebounds during February, while making 18 of 26 two-point shots (69.2%), 9 of 21 threes (42.9%) and 21 of 24 free throws (87.5%).