The 2016-17 BBL regular season provided just as much drama as last year’s campaign, capped with Riders defending their championship and dramatic post-season berths for Scorchers and Flyers.
Here are our choices for the players who’ve left us impressed.
Rahmon Fletcher – Newcastle Eagles (23-10) | GP 31, 20.48 ppg (48/36/84), 6.58 apg
The reigning MVP cemented his place among the league’s truly elite stars, upping his production to finish the campaign ranked 1st in both scoring and assists. Fletcher was once again instrumental in the Cup, spearheading Eagles’ third consecutive title, earning yet another Finals MVP accolade.
Hameed Ali – Bristol Flyers (16-17) | GP 33, 16.12 ppg (41/35/75), 5.52 apg, 2.18 spg
A foundation stone from which Flyers executed the most dramatic of mid-season revivals, Ali led a sensational resurgence in form that saw Bristol overcome a stuttering 1-11 start to claim a post-season berth and finish just a single game shy of .500%.
Jermel Kennedy – Worcester Wolves (20-13) | GP 32, 12.72 ppg (52/38/71), 7.44 rpg, 1.69 spg
Kennedy’s consistency and efficiency has proved a calming presence, during a wildly turbulent season in Worcester. The unassuming wing’s ability to affect all facets of the game undoubtedly contributed to Wolves’ red-hot finish to the regular-season.
Taylor King – Leicester Riders (27-6) | GP 31, 12.71 ppg (42/28/71), 7.84 rpg
Much anticipation surrounded the Riders’ addition of King, having previously impressed during his first stint in the BBL with Phoenix. The star forward more than lived up to expectations, crashing the boards, dominating the paint and stretching the floor with equal assurance. King, a vital cog in the Riders’ Championship success, also took home MVP honours in the Trophy final.
Kieron Achara – Glasgow Rocks (21-12) | GP 33, 15.3 ppg (51/40/86), 7.88 rpg, 1.73 bpg
Achara’s influence in Glasgow is clear; the veteran forward guided the Rocks to a 3rd place finish in the Championship and a Cup Final appearance. Pivotal on both ends of the floor, Achara led the league in blocks and only narrowly missed out on basketball’s offensive efficiency Holy Grail (50/40/90).
Bench – Rashad Hassan (London Lions), Marek Klassen, (Worcester Wolves), Mo Walker (Worcester Wolves), Brandon Clark (Leicester Riders), Aaron Cosby (Bristol Flyers), Deondre Parks (Newcastle Eagles), Neil Watson (Glasgow Rocks), Tony Wroblicky (Sheffield Sharks).
Note: We only considered players on teams who made the playoffs and selections were based solely on the games viewed by our staff.