TJ Shorts of Telekom Baskets Bonn named Basketball Champions League MVP for December

Telekom Baskets Bonn point guard TJ Shorts has just added another feat to his impressive campaign so far, by winning the last MVP of the Month Award for the 2022 calendar year in the Basketball Champions League.

Shorts led Telekom Baskets Bonn to a 2-0 record this month, including the biggest win of their season so far.

On the road in Turkey, he had 26 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals to hand Bonn an 89-80 win over Pinar Karsiyaka, clinching first place in what was dubbed the “group of death” after the draw in July.

Shorts followed that one up with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in a blowout win on the road in Italy, defeating UNAHOTELS Reggio Emilia.

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That one must have felt special because it was Reggiana who handed the only defeat to Shorts and Bonn in the Basketball Champions League earlier this season.

Overall, TJ Shorts is averaging 24.2 points, shooting 56.7 percent from the field, 52.4 percent from beyond the arc, and 77.4 percent from the line.

The 25-year-old lefty dishes out 6.7 assists each night, and grabs an impressive 4.2 rebounds per game for someone 175cm/5’9” tall.

He also became the first player with five straight games of 25+ points in Basketball Champions League history, nobody else has more than three such games.

Shorts and Bonn will have some time to regroup before the start of the Round of 16. They will face BAXI Manresa there, along with the winners of the Bahcesehir College v Filou Oostende and Rytas Vilnius v PAOK mateco Play-In matchups.

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