28 Feb 2018

Breakers pick up a couple of awards

6:02 am on 28 February 2018

The New Zealand Breakers didn't feature highly in the Australian NBL basketball awards evening.

Breakers guard Shea Ili

Breakers guard Shea Ili Photo: Photosport

Guard Shea Ili was named most improved player, while import Edgar Sosa made the All-NBL second team.

Perth guard Bryce Cotton's was crowned the league's MVP ahead of Illawarra's Demitrius Conger.

Cotton stormed onto the scene midway through last season after time with NBA outfits Utah, Phoenix and Memphis and stints in China and Turkey, sealing the Wildcats' title with an emphatic 45-point game in the third grand final to claim finals MVP honours.

Coaches are given 10 points to allocate across either team after each game to determine the MVP, with five being the most amount of points one player can be given.

The Breakers guard Sosa was sixth in voting.

Melbourne United's Dean Vickerman was awarded the Lindsay Gaze Trophy for the coach of the year after leading his team to the minor premiership.

Sydney's Isaac Humphries won rookie of the year, Adelaide's Ramone Moore was crowned best sixth man and Perth's Damian Martin won his sixth defensive player of the year award.

The Breakers start their semi-final series against melbourne this weekend.