Nauris Miezis has been named as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 9th edition of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour by his peers.
The jury of 108 players who competed at the World Tour in 2020 rewarded the 29-year-old Latvian after a stellar season, which saw him win two individual awards (Doha Masters and Jeddah Final MVP) and three team trophies with Team Riga (Hungary and Doha Masters, Jeddah Final).
Miezis elevated his game in the money time this season. He led all players on the Tour with three different buzzer beaters (nobody else had more than one), including one for the ages to defeat Liman in the championship game in Jeddah.
The number two 3×3 player in the World (he is set to become number one again when the rankings are unfrozen on April 1, 2021) led the World Tour in total Player Value, highlights, key assists and – as said – buzzer beaters. He was also second overall in scoring.
The four players who won an MVP award on the World Tour this season and the number one in player value were shortlisted for the trophy. The final ranking is as follows:
1. Nauris Miezis (Riga, LAT) 37% of the votes
2. Karlis Lasmanis (Riga, LAT) 22%
3. Stefan Kojic (Liman, SRB) 15%
– Stefan Stojacic (Liman, SRB) 15%
5. Ignas Vaitkus (Utena Uniclub, LTU) 11%
The Latvian star succeeds “Disco Domo” Jones, Dusan Bulut and Stefan Stojacic, who won the award in 2019, 2018 and 2017 respectively.