Denis Krestinin takes well-deserved January MVP honors

You could make the case that Denis Krestinin is long overdue for an individual award, but something has stopped him every month up until now. The best player on one of the best teams in the league, Krestinin has finally notched his first Triobet BBL Player of the Month award for the month of January.


Throughout the month, Krestinin put up impressive numbers and guided his team to four consecutive victories. He averaged 13.8 points and 11.8 rebounds this month, all while shooting at an impressive 66.7 percent clip, averages slightly higher than his season numbers.

The Lithuanian was normally in the discussion for nearly every monthly MVP award with outstanding play all season long, as Barons kvartals continued putting up win after win. He‘s averaged 13.3 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.5 steals and is one of the league‘s most efficient players with an average efficiency rating of 22.8.

Barons fans will be expecting the same hustle and determination from the somewhat undersized center in the Play-offs, where their first opponent is going to be Group A rivals Jurmala/Fenikss. The two clubs faced off twice in each the Triobet BBL and the Latvian Basketball League and the win count currently sits in Barons‘ favor, 3-1.