|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).
Stokes confirmed as Molten WBBL MVP for 2015-16
Nottingham Wildcats’ star Amber Stokes has been named as Molten WBBL Most Valuable Player for 2015-16 after posting a stellar rookie season.
Her explosiveness, quickness, scoring ability, defensive prowess and leadership from the backcourt have all been essential ingredients in taking Wildcats to the WBBL Championship title and a first top flight league success of their 40 year history.
Stokes has had a terrific campaign for the league winners – harvesting an all-action 16.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and two steals per game.
She was also named in both the Molten WBBL All-Defensive Team of the Year and Molten WBBL Team of the Year for 2015-16.
Stokes now has her sights on firing Wildcats to more glory and a silverware double in Sunday’s Molten WBBL Play-Off Final against Team Northumbria at The O2 – a game that will be shown live on the BBC red button and via BBC sport online at 6pm.
The guard fought off stiff competition from her Nottingham team-mate Amber Harris to land the award.
Great Britain wing and Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters’ standout Helen Naylor came third in the voting undertaken by WBBL coaches.
The crowning of Stokes as MVP cements an awards double for Wildcats, since play-caller Dave Greenaway has already been crowned Molten Ed Percival WBBL Coach of the Year for 2015-16.
Fletcher crowned Molten bbl mvp for 2015-16
Rahmon Fletcher has been recognised by BBL coaches for his outstanding work in pulling the strings for Esh Group Eagles Newcastle by being voted the Molten BBL Most Valuable Player for 2015-16.
The playmaker was at the forefront of his team’s quest for silverware and his latest individual honour arrives off the back of landing the MVP accolade at the 2016 BBL Cup Final, where he inspired his team to success in front of over 9,000 fans at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.
Featuring in his second campaign in the BBL, the guard was one of the season leaders in terms of weekly All-Star five appearances and averaged more minutes than any other Eagles player. Fletcher used that time to corral 14.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.
He also did his utmost to try and inspire his team in the Play-Offs, but the second seeds bowed out at the first hurdle in the Quarter-Finals – despite a 32-point and nine assist contribution from Fletcher in the first-leg.
The MVP award lands on Tyneside for a second season in a row, with his Eagles’ team-mate Charles Smith named MVP for 2014-15.
Fletcher fought off stiff competition from his fellow Molten BBL Team of the Year members in the form of Drew Sullivan (Leicester Riders), Jerrold Brooks (Sheffield Sharks), Kieron Achara (Glasgow Rocks) and Neil Watson (Leicester Riders).