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These four players are after Bryce Cotton’s MVP crown 

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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.

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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.

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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.

Joel Martelli
Joel Martelli
The only thing that Joel Martelli loves more than football (seriously, we wouldn't be surprised if he has a Wollongong Wolves tattoo) is writing about all things sports. With a Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies Degree specialising in Journalism, he spends his days uncovering breaking athlete news stories and diving deep into play-by-play strategies. We're glad that he's put his passion to the pages of Only Sports as one of our dedicated sports writers.

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