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Sport Perth guard Cotton crowned NBL MVP

00:40  17 february  2020
00:40  17 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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In other awards, Livewire guard Bryce Cotton joined the small group of multiple MVP award winners after another season of heavy scoring for Perth Wildcats. The Bullets bagged two player prizes, with forward Will Magnay named most improved player and Jason Cadee crowned best sixth man.

Perth Wildcats star Bryce Cotton is again the toast of the NBL after claiming his second straight Andrew Gaze MVP award. Cotton polled 88 votes to beat out fellow import point guard Scotty Machado from Cairns on 80 votes, with Brisbane Bullets import Lamar Patterson third on 73 votes.

Perth Wildcats guard Bryce Cotton has been anointed the NBL's most valuable player for a second time after leading the league for scoring and steals.© AAP Images Perth Wildcats guard Bryce Cotton has been anointed the NBL's most valuable player for a second time after leading the league for scoring and steals.

Livewire guard Bryce Cotton has joined the small group of multiple MVP award winners after another season of heavy scoring for Perth Wildcats.

Cotton was bestowed with the Andrew Gaze Trophy for a second time at the league's gala dinner in Melbourne on Sunday, having won a tight vote to determine the league's premier player.

The 27-year-old led the league for scoring (22.5 points per game) and steals (1.74), becoming the first player to achieve that double.

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Perth Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson is confident he has found the missing piece of the puzzle after signing former NBA guard Bryce Cotton for the remainder of the NBL season. Cotton notched 15 games for the Utah Jazz in 2014/15, before stints with Phoenix and Memphis last season.

Grand Final MVP Bryce Cotton of the Wildcats drives to the basket during game three between the Perth Wildcats and the Illawarra Hawks. But it was to no avail, with Cotton 's heroics lifting the Wildcats to victory - and bagging the import the Larry Sengstock Medal, awarded to the Grand Final

Having also clinched the prize in 2018, Cotton joins Scott Fisher, Robert Rose, Chris Anstey and Kevin Lisch as a two-time MVP winner. Only Andrew Gaze (seven) and Leroy Loggins (three) have won it more times.

Cotton picked up 88 votes from a nine-man panel to head off Cairns guard Scott Machado (80 votes), who led the league for assists. Brisbane Bullets import Lamar Patterson (73 votes) was third.

That trio were all named in the league's first team, along with Perth forward Nick Kay and Sydney Kings big Jae'Sean Tate.

Taipans mentor Mike Kelly was named coach of the season, winning the vote comfortably after steering his team to a third-place finish in the regular season, a year after they propped up the standings.

Cairns guard DJ Newbill continued a good night for the club when named defensive player of the year, pipping Brisbane block machine Magnay in a close vote.

The Bullets bagged two player prizes, with forward Will Magnay named most improved player and Jason Cadee crowned best sixth man.

American teenager LaMelo Ball, projected to be a top three pick at the next NBA draft, was named rookie of the year despite the truncated nature of his season with last-placed Illawarra.

The Sydney Kings topped the regular season standings but had no individual prizes to show for it.

Tate's appearance in the first team was backed up by Andrew Bogut and Casper Ware winning spots in the league's second team.

Wildcats stars shake off injury concerns .
Star Perth Wildcats duo Bryce Cotton and Terrico White look like they will be in prime shape for the club's semi-final series against Cairns.Alarm bells were ringing for Wildcats fans last week when star imports Terrico White and Bryce Cotton missed the final-round win over Adelaide with knee issues.

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