April 19, 2010
- Melvin Sanders
Former Spurs and Oklahoma State wingman Sanders is signed with Gran Canaria this year, soaking up the sun and playing in the ACB and Eurocup. He has come off the bench to shoot threes, and has done little else but fill that role. Sanders has averaged 7.0 points in 17 minutes per game in ACB play, alongside 6.9ppg in 16mpg in the Eurocup. He has shot 190 three pointers combined between the two competitions, compared to only 12 free throws. Not even Damon Jones has a ratio like that.
Valencia won the Eurocup tonight, beating ALBA Berlin 67-44 in the final. ALBA choked, as the score suggests, but pretty much every Valencia player played impeccable defense. Those players include Nando De Colo, Rafa Martinez, Marko Marinovic, Thomas Kelati, Florent Pietrus (obviously), Victor Claver, Matt Nielsen, Serhiy Lishuk and even Kosta Perovic all played defense to win championships. Whereas ALBA, who had ridden the Adam Chubb train to make the final, just couldn't find a good shot all night.