Let the race begin: Who are the very early MVP contenders?
MUNICH (Germany) - There may only be four EuroLeague Women Regular Season games in the books, but have we seen enough from them yet to determine genuine contenders in this season's MVP race?
Yes, it's very early still and no doubt some stellar names will parachute their way into the race as the campaign unfolds further, but it's fun to see who's been making those early moves.
On your marks, get set, go: let the race begin!
Check out the full ranking below:
1. Alyssa Thomas - ZVVZ USK Praha
Average Stats: 21.5 PPG; 11.5 RPG; 6.8 APG; 4.3 SPG; 32.3 EFF
The best player in the women's game right now? There is little doubt that Thomas had to be in the conversation because she has stepped back into the Praha lineup and breathed fire like always. It has been another do-it-all season so far, with the forward having already recorded a rare triple-double. In fact, most games she at least flirts with one as she is so active in terms of scoring, rebounding and running the floor to pass the rock to her teammates. Also a real power on defense, there is a lot to love and she is looking destined to be a serious MVP contender.
2. Brittney Sykes - Sopron Basket
Average Stats: 16.5 PPG; 5.3 RPG; 7.3 APG; 3.5 SPG; 22.3 EFF
The season of Sopron Basket always looked like it would hinge on whether Sykes would perform to a high level and so far, so good for the playmaker. She caught fire early and has generally been making Sopron tick very nicely with some very impressive numbers, not only in terms of scoring and creating, but also defensively. Her quick hands and reading of the game have helped maintain the level of defensive solidity that the Hungarians needed last year to win their first ever title. If Sykes keeps playing well, maybe a Final Four return can happen.
3. Steph Mavunga - BC Polkowice
Average Stats: 18.5 PPG; 15.3 RPG; 2.8 BPG; 26.5 EFF
BC Polkowice made everyone sit up and take notice with their blistering start to the campaign and their good work has been built around the work of Mavunga, who is an absolute beast at times and simply unstoppable. Whether it is putting the team on her back with the main scoring load or dominating on the glass, the forward is so tough to contain and her energy is always important for the Polish club as they eye up an unexpected deep run in the tournament.
4. Jonquel Jones - CBK Mersin Yenisehir Bld
Average Stats: 19.7 PPG; 14.7 RPG; 1.3 BPG; 26.3 EFF
Jones may be one of the best players in the world, but there was still a question mark over her in terms of whether she would have a hangover from a terrible FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup in Sydney when Bosnia and Herzegovina were swept aside and left winless. After not featuring in Mersin's early work, she has since taken to the court and reminded everyone of her brilliance. Always capable of amassing huge double-doubles, if Mersin want to deliver success, there is absolutely no doubt that Jones will be at the heart of it - if it happens.
5. Megan Gustafson - Olympiacos SFP
Average Stats: 27.2; PPG; 65% FG; 9.5 RPG; 32.3 EFF
There's a sense of deja vu about seeing the frontcourt ace setting the early tone in the competition when it comes to red-hot form, since Gustafson did the same with VBW Arka Gdynia the same time last season. She has put in a few miracle performances for her new team and even if Olympiacos SFP have not been able to carve out the wins they had hoped for, there is no taking away from the brilliance of Gustafson and in particular, just how efficient she has managed to be on a struggling team.
6. Valeriane Vukusavljevic - ZVVZ USK Praha
Average Stats: 23.5 PPG; 7.5 RPG; 2.5 APG; 2.5 SPG; 25.5 EFF
7. Victoria Vivians - Atomeromu KSC Szekszard
Average Stats: 21.3 PPG; 6.3 RPG; 3.5 APG; 20.5 EFF
8. Natasha Howard - Fenerbahce Alagoz Holding
Average Stats: 20.8 PPG; 60.5% FG; 8.9 RPG; 20.0 EFF
9. Aleksandra Crvendakic - Perfumerias Avenida
Average Stats: 13.5PPG; 10.0 RPG; 4.0 APG; 19.0 EFF
10. Ezi Magbegor - Sopron Basket
Average Stats: 11.5 PPG; 7.3 RPG; 17.5 EFF
DISCLAIMER: The MVP Race, compiled by a panel of experts, is entirely subjective and is in no way a true, accurate ranking system. The ranking and all comments are purely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the view of FIBA.