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TUBPodcast Awards – BBL Team of the Year 2017-18

The 2017-18 regular season is in the books and with the Play-Offs on the horizon, it’s time to take a look back and honour those who impressed throughout the year.

Starting Five:

Justin Robinson – London Lions (23-10)

G 30 – FG 49% – 3PT 46% – FT 84% – RPG 3.1– APG 5.57 – SPG 1.77 – BPG 0.13 – TOPG 1.63 – PPG 17.83

Robinson began the year in style, picking up MVP honours at the inaugural All-Stars Championship. The classy veteran set the tone for the Lions, leading the side in scoring, assists and steals.

Honours:

  • All-Stars Championship Winner
  • All-Stars Championship MVP

Jaysean Paige – Newcastle Eagles (22-11)

G 31 – FG 49% – 3PT 36% – FT 79% – RPG 4.94 – APG 5.71 – SPG 2.29 – BPG 0.42 – TOPG 3 – PPG 22.6

The electrifying guard took the league by storm, topping the end of season ranks in both scoring and steals. Paige scored 30+ points on 7 occasions – including two 40 point games.

Honours:

  • Player of the Month x 1
  • Scoring Leader
  • Steals Leader

Tony Hicks – Surrey Scorchers (20-13)

G 31 – FG 55% – 3PT 37% – FT 80% – RPG 3.61 – APG 5.97 – SPG 1.9 – BPG 0.1 – TOPG 3.03 – PPG 19.45

Never afraid to put his body on the line, Hicks was the spark that propelled Surrey to a fifth place finish. An efficient scorer, the Scorchers guard averaged over 19 points per game – hitting an incredible 55% of his shots.

Honours:

  • Player of the Month x 2

JR Holder – Leicester Riders (28-5)

G 29 – FG 49% – 3PT 34% – FT 73% – RPG 3.86 – APG 2.69 – SPG 0.86 – BPG 0.38 – TOPG 1.41 – PPG 15.55

Holder led the Trophy and Championship winners in scoring. His defining moment came in the Trophy Final; with the game in flux, the forward came up huge finishing with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks.

Honours:

  • Trophy Winner
  • Trophy Final MVP
  • Championship Winner

Pierre Hampton – Leicester Riders (28-5)

G 28 – FG 57% – 3PT 48% – FT 73% – RPG 5.93 – APG 2.21 – SPG 0.61 – BPG 0.43– TOPG 1.71 – PPG 13.96

Efficient, tough and ruthless: Hampton embodied the Riders’ approach to the game this year. The forward enjoyed another standout campaign, amassing 14 points (57-48-73) and almost 6 rebounds a game.

Honours:

  • Trophy Winner
  • Championship Winner

Bench:

Sixth Man:

Brandon Peel – London Lions (23-10)

G 33 – FG 56% – 3PT 38% – FT 77% – RPG 9.33 – APG 1.79 – SPG 1.36 – BPG 1.32 – TOPG 1.61 – PPG 13.39

Seemingly a lock for the weekly ‘All Star Five’ selections, Peel was one of the most reliable performers in the league. A walking double-double, the forward anchored the paint for the Lions.

Honours:

  • All-Stars Championship Winner

Tyler Bernardini (Leicester Riders), Cory Dixon (London Lions), Gareth Murray (Glasgow Rocks), George Beamon (Worcester Wolves), Dirk Williams (DBL Sharks Sheffield), Brandon Boggs (Bristol Flyers)

Honourable Mentions (ineligible):

C.J Gettys – Cheshire Phoenix (15-18) the two-time Player of the Month proved to be one of the league’s most dominant big men – averaging 18 points and 9.5 rebounds in his 31 Championship outings.

Malcolm Riley – Cheshire Phoenix (15-18) earned Cup Final MVP honours and hit countless clutch baskets for Cheshire. He played in all 33 Championship fixtures, netting 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game.

Note: We only considered players on teams that made the Play-Offs and selections were based solely on the games viewed by our staff.

Championship stats used.

Sixth Man is not an individual award, but denotes a player that we considered to be the next man worthy of a place in the Starting Five.

Stats Leaders- must have played a minimum of 10 games played.

Image: P.Davies

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