Triobet BBL Player of the Week: Thomas van der Mars

A beast amongst the boards, say no more. Thomas van der Mars has once again been chosen the Triobet BBL Player of the Week with another terrific performance. It was his work under the boards that ensured AVIS Rapla’s win against visiting Jurmala/Fenikss.


Van der Mars had a typical double-double, with superb efficiency. The big man scored 12 points, tore down 15 rebounds and added 3 steals, 2 blocks and 2 assists as the cherry on top. The efficiency rating of 28 puts him number one this week, and makes him the league’s runner-up in efficiency overall, falling behind to just Denis Krestinin, who would actually have claimed the trophy had his team won.

The 26-year-old Dutchman is averaging a steady double-double of 18.2 points (5th in the league) and 11.6 rebounds (3rd in the league), while also chipping in with 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.

While there were just three games played this week, Thomas van der Mars faced some stiff competition from Jurijs Aleksejevs. The Jekabpils’ forward was just behind with 27 efficiency points, as he scored 19 points and added 5 boards, 5 assists and 3 blocks to the tally.