One of the best power forwards in European basketball is set to keep working for ALBA Berlin long-term with the announcement Wednesday that Luke Sikma has re-signed with the club for four more years, until the end of the 2022-23 season. Sikma (2.03 meters, 29 years old) was chosen as the 7DAYS EuroCup MVP this season, averaging 11.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals in 24 games. He led ALBA to the EuroCup Finals and the German Cup title game, and is currently competing for the German League crown against FC Bayern Munich. Sikma also earned German League MVP honors in the 2017-18 season, leading ALBA to the domestic league and cup finals. Sikma, whose father Jack is a NBA Hall of Famer, started his professional basketball career in Spain, playing for La Palma, Burgos, Iberostar Tenerife and Valencia Basket. He helped Valencia win the Spanish League title in 2017, also reaching the EuroCup Finals and the Spanish Copa del Rey title game that year. He also won the Spanish second division title with Burgos in 2013.
"From the first day, I felt very comfortable at ALBA and in Berlin. The club has great ambitions and had a great development recently, so it was logical for me to extend my contract here," Sikma said after the agreement. "I enjoy training everyday and am looking forward to playing with the guys in the EuroLeague next season. I also like the philosophy of developing young players while maintaining continuity in the squad. I am pleased that I can be a part of this program in the long term."