Marcelinho, against Montepaschi Siena / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

He arrived this season, and it's only taken him four games in the Euroleague to establish himself as a key player for Barça Regal. Marcelinho Huertas has shown from the first moments that he has a perfect understanding with his new teammates. In fact, with his masterful play, he's one of the main reasons for the great harmony in the group led by Xavi Pascual, in Europe. "For a centre to make so many assists, it gives us great satisfaction, and the way he plays is something I like a lot," he said.

But if one thing has become clear as time goes by, it's that Marcelinho has a gift of making his teammates play, and makes them even better players. In fact, his connection and rapport with Fran Vázquez has left no one indifferent. One could say that making assists is even more pleasurable than scoring. He's a real specialist, as demonstrated by his individual statistics. Currently, the Barça Regal player is top of the individual rankings as far as assists are concerned.

The credit goes to the whole group

In the four matches played in the Euroleague, he has a total of 30 assists, an average of 7.5 per game. Next in the rankings are the Sluc Nancy players, Nicolas Batum and and John Linehan, with an average of 6.5 and 6.25 respectively. In this sense, Marcelinho puts down his individual contribution, and gives the credit to the rest of his teammates: "If I'm leading in this area, I owe a lot to my teammates, because it means that they are shooting very well."

Four matches and four wins, is the balance of Regal FC Barcelona in the top European competition, a balance in which the Brazilian centre has contributed very positively. The connection he shows game after game with his teammates is perfect and the team benefits, as evidenced by the fact that they have scored most points, with an average of 89.7 per game. In addition to connecting well with his teammates, Marcelinho takes responsibility when needed.

Looking at the road ahead, starting with the match to be played on Thursday in Istanbul, where he'll be reunited with Lakovic, Marcelinho expressed his desire "to carry on like this, with me making a lot of assists, and my teammates scoring a lot of baskets, to be able to carry on playing good matches."