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SYDNEY, April 28 (Reuters) – American point player Jaylen Adams has been called Most Valuable Player in Australias National Basketball League (NBL) after helping the Sydney Kings to the playoffs in his first season.
The 25-year-old averaged 20.1 points, 6.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds over the 2021-22 regular season as the Kings finished 3rd in the standings to make a semi-final series versus the Illawarra Hawks.
Adams, who played 44 NBA games for the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks and Portland Trailblazers before taking his talents Down Under, stated it was an honour to be awarded the Andrew Gaze Trophy as the 10-team leagues finest gamer.
Apr 5, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Jaylen Adams (10) drives around Orlando Magic guard Michael Carter-Williams (7) during the 2nd quarter at Amway Center. Obligatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
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” I wish to thank my group mates, without them this was certainly not possible,” he said in a video message on the league website (nbl.com.au/).
” Weve got an unique group of men, my bros, wouldnt desire to go war with anyone else. Lets complete this thing out strong.”
Adams surveyed 105 votes to win the award ahead of fellow American and MVP for the last 2 seasons Bryce Cotton, who plays for the Perth Wildcats.
Coach of the Year honours went to American Scott Roth after he directed the Tasmania JackJumpers to the playoffs in their rookie season, leaving the Wildcats without post-season play for the very first time in 35 years.
The JackJumpers will handle ruling champs Melbourne United in their best-of-three games semi-final series, which starts in the future Thursday.
The Kings take on the Hawks in the opening match of their playoff series in Wollongong on Friday.
Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, Editing by Peter Rutherford
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