Perth Wildcats superstar guard Bryce Cotton is odds-on favourite to be crowned the NBL MVP for a third straight season. It’d be his fourth in five years. But there are several others in contention.
The incumbent, a three-time MVP, is again showing why he’s one of the NBL’s best ever, averaging 23.4 points per game with 4.6 assists.
But let’s look at who has a chance to dethrone ‘King Cotton’.
Jaylen Adams – Sydney Kings
The Sydney Kings are currently the hottest team in the NBL.
The side is within touching distance of ladder-leading Melbourne United and US import Jaylen Adams is a big part of their success.
The 25-year-old guard is playing exceptional basketball, currently averaging 20.4 points, 6.4 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game, shooting 43% from the field.
In his first season in the NBL, Adams has displayed prolific scoring, playmaking ability and is dangerous from three-point range.
Mitch Creek – South East Melbourne Phoenix
The Phoenix have had an inconsistent season, their finals hopes slipping.
But Mitch Creek has been great. He’s 48% from the field, averaging 21 points, 3.2 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game.
If the Phoenix are to go on a winning run and play finals basketball, Creek will need his team mates to step up and take some of the pressure off.
Jo Lual-Acuil – Melbourne United
Melbourne United big-man ‘JLA’ is the reigning NBL 6th Man of the Year, so he’s really stepped it up this season.
He’s not only consistent defensively, but an offensive go-to option.
The 27-year-old became the first Melbourne United player to have a 20-20 game (26 points, 21 rebounds) against Tasmania earlier this season.
JLA has attracted interest from NBA scouts and he will be looking for a big finish to the season as United aim for back-to-back titles.
Vic Law – Perth Wildcats
Perth Wildcats forward Vic Law has formed a formidable combination with star guard Bryce Cotton.
The 26-year-old is shooting 48% from the field and averaging 20.5 points, with 8.6 rebounds per game. His 39 points against New Zealand was a clear highlight.
The Wildcats are in finals contention – of course – and expect Law to help Cotton clinch another trip to the post-season.