Lasmanis named FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2021 regular season MVP
JEDDAH (Saudi Arabia) - Karlis Lasmanis was named MVP of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2021 regular season by a panel of fans and players on December 17.
The 27-year-old Latvian superstar continues his golden season after hitting the game-winner to become the first-ever 3x3 Olympic champion at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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The 6ft. 7in. (2m) lefty led Riga to back-to back-World Tour Masters titles in Abu Dhabi and Mexico and took home the MVP trophy at both events. No other player won two MVP titles this season.
The number 2 ranked player in the World is the Top Scorer with 177 points (7.7 ppg) and ranks first in player value (a metric used in 3x3 to measure a player's overall statistical contribution) with 151.5 (6.6 per game) on the World Tour regular season.
Lasmanis won the player's poll with 19.1% of the votes. The Ub one-two punch of Strahinja Stojacic (16.2%) and Miroslav Pasajlic (10.3% ) followed.
In the fan vote, San Juan PCI Group (PUR) star and Lausanne Masters MVP Angel Matias collected an impressive 43% of the votes, followed by the number one 3x3 player in the world Nauris Miezis (Riga, LAT) and his teammate Lasmanis.
The man also known as 'Batman' succeeds to Stefan Stojacic (2017) , Dusan Bulut (2018), Dominique Jones (2019) and Nauris Miezis (2020).
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3x3 World Tour and national-team FIBA 3x3 World & Continental Cups.
On July 24, 2021, 3x3 made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games.
Wilson is the Global Ball and Apparel Partner and Tissot the Official Timekeeper of FIBA 3x3.
FIBA 3x3 events are played on Enlio floors with Wilson balls, Schelde backstops, and the Magic Sky canopy system.