The last three players to lead the 7DAYS EuroCup in scoring are now playing their trade in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. Peyton Siva, Scottie Wilbekin and Alexey Shved are members of the exclusive club of players to top the scoring charts for a full season in the competition and there are six prime candidates to join them this season, including one – Errick McCollum, UNICS Kazan, who could become the first player to accomplish the feat twice! Let's look at those top candidates and what they've down so far this season.
Milos Teodosic, Segafredo Virtus Bologna
The EuroCup Regular Season MVP, Teodosic enters the final round of the Top 16 as the competition's top scorer with 17.6 points per game. That number is more than 2 points per game better than last season's top scorer in the EuroCup (Peyton Siva of ALBA Berlin, 15.2 ppg.). After his dominant regular season, Teodosic has raised his scoring output to 18.8 points in the Top 16, which is tied for second-best in that phase. A former EuroLeague champion and the 2010 EuroLeague MVP, Teodosic also leads the EuroCup in scoring on a per-minute basis; he's been worth 26.7 points prorated over 40 minutes. He has done most of his damage from behind the arc; his 39 three-pointers are third in the competition. He also ranks fifth with 5.5 assists per game.
Klemen Prepelic, Joventut Badalona
Prepelic was the best scorer in the regular season with 17.8 points per game and little has changed since. He ranks second in the competition with 17.1 points per game and is 6 total points over 14 games behind the top scorer, Teodosic. Prepelic is tied for the best scoring night of the season – and 16th best in EuroCup history – for his 37-point effort in Top 16 Round 3 against Tofas Bursa, for which he received MVP of the Round honors. He is the only player in the EuroCup to reach 30 points twice this season – he netted 30 against Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul in Round 8 of the regular season – and has topped the 20-point barrier six times.
Errick McCollum, UNICS Kazan
No player has scored more points this season than McCollum, who has accumulated 256 over 15 games. His average of 17.1 points per game is third in the EuroCup. The combo-guard, who led the EuroCup in scoring in the 2013-14 season with 20.2 points for Panionios Athens, has also stormed into third place on the EuroCup's career scoring charts with 1,204 points – and with UNICS already assured a place in the quarterfinals, he has a good shot at catching Rafa Martinez (1,240 points) for second place. McCollum, who both won the EuroCup and was the competition's MVP with Galatasaray Istanbul in 2016, is an expert at getting to the foul line; his 102 fouls drawn and 92 free throw attempts are both best in the EuroCup this season. He netted his career-high of 32 points in a victory over Joventut Badalona in Round 4 of the regular season.
Rasid Mahalbasic, EWE Baskets Oldenburg
Triple-double threat Mahalbasic is the leading scorer through five rounds of the Top 16 with 19.2 points per game. He is fourth for the full season with 16.3 points per game, while checking in at seventh in rebounding (7.1 rpg.) and 10th in assists (5.1 apg.). He is the only player in the top 10 in all three categories and leads the competition in performance index rating with 21.8 per game. Mahalbasic set a career-high with 25 points plus 8 rebounds and 7 assists in the regular-season finale against Buducnost VOLI Podgorica and then matched that scoring output and added a career-best 14 rebounds to earn MVP of the Round honors in the Top 16 opener against Umana Reyer Venice.
Jamar Smith, UNICS Kazan
Despite being second on his team in scoring, Smith is fifth in the EuroCup with 16.1 points per game and is always a big game or two away from catching his backcourt mate Errick McCollum and the rest of the top scorers for the top spot. He leads the competition in three-pointers made with 47 and the only player with a higher success rate than Smith's 55.3% has attempted less than half as many shots! Now in his third season with UNICS, Smith won the EuroCup in 2017 with Unicaja Malaga. This season he has climbed into third place in competition history with 206 three-pointers made; Smith is just 1 behind Marko Popovic for second place and can then target the all-time leader, Rafa Martinez (223 threes) for the record.
Aaron Harrison, Galatasaray Doga Sigorta Istanbul
There's been some inconsistency in Harrison's form in the Top 16 with two games of at least 22 points and another two with 5 or fewer points. But when he has his 'A' game, Harrison is as dangerous a scorer as they come. His scoring average of 16.6 points per game is tied for seventh in the EuroCup. His career-high 28 points in a Top 16 Round 4 victory over UNICS Kazan came with 8 three-pointers made, which mark the most by any player this season. His 40 triples on the season are second-most in the EuroCup. Harrison may be a dark-horse to finish as this season's top scorer, but he cannot be counted out.