|The final All-Star 5 of the decade is dominated by big men after some powerful performances over the holiday period, including the highest Performance Points score of the season so far for Amir Williams, while CJ Gettys and Ali Fraser make their second appearances in a row.|
Amir Williams – Worcester Wolves
Williams scored on the buzzer as Wolves beat London Lions by two points on Friday night, but that was just the icing on the cake in what was the individual performance of the season for the former Memphis Grizzlies NBA Summer League man. Overall, he shot 14-18 (77%) from the field on his way to a huge double-double of 31 points and 18 rebounds, with 12 of his points coming in the fourth quarter comeback, including a pair of ‘and-one’ plays.
CJ Gettys – Newcastle Eagles
Amazingly, Gettys turned in two performances this week that would have got him in the top five for Performance Points this season. He carried the fight for his team in defeat against B. Braun Sheffield Sharks, scoring 22 points on 10-13 (76%) shooting, adding 13 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Then in Sunday’s win over rivals Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks, he followed up with 20 points on 10-14 (71%) shooting with a huge 20 rebounds.
Ali Fraser – Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks
The Scottish big man went toe-to-toe with Gettys in that narrow defeat at the Emirates Arena, himself missing just three times as he scored 24 points on 12-15 (80%) shooting, to go with eight rebounds and three assists as he makes his fourth appearance of the season.
Rahmon Fletcher – Newcastle Eagles
From the same game, and also making his fourth appearance, is Newcastle’s point guard and former MVP Rahmon Fletcher. He shot a perfect 9-9 on the inside and 11-13 (84%) overall in scoring a game-high 26 points, while handing out eight assists. Four of those assists were for Gettys in what is arguably the best double-act in the league.
Bennett Koch – B. Braun Sheffield Sharks
Sheffield’s big man makes his first appearance of the season as he led the Sharks past Newcastle on Friday night. Koch scored 25 points after shooting 10-14 (71%) from the field and a perfect 4-4 at the line, while adding five rebounds, three steals and three blocks. He scored seven points in a row in the key run that established Sheffield’s early lead.
Off the bench: Mackey McKnight (B. Braun Sheffield Sharks), Fred Thomas (Bristol Flyers), Kofi Josephs (Worcester Wolves), Marcus Delpeche (Bristol Flyers), James Jones (Manchester Giants), Josh Ward-Hibbert (Leicester Riders), Josh Wilcher (Plymouth Raiders).