Molten BBL Team of the Year

The 2021-22 Molten BBL Team of the Year, as voted by BBL Head
Coaches, includes three players from the league-winning Leicester Riders,
alongside the league’s leading scorer and the Great Britain captain.

Patrick Whelan – Leicester Riders

The only unanimous selection in the team, Patrick
Whelan was Leicester’s leading scorer as they cruised to a sixth BBL
Championship title with a 25-2 record, already completing a double by winning
the BBL Cup. Playing his first season in the league after a college career in
the USA and three years playing for Real Murcia in Spain, the 25-year-old has
made an instant impact, averaging 15 points, four rebounds and three assists in
league play. He has proven to be a marksman as the second-leading three-point
shooter in the BBL with a sensational accuracy of 48%, and  is ninth in
overall field goal percentage at 54%. He had a season-high of 25 points on
three occasions, most significantly in the BBL Cup semi-final against London
Lions where he shot 6-7 (86%) from long range.

Geno Crandall – Leicester Riders

In his second season as Leicester’s floor general, Crandall has
already added two more trophies to the league title that he won last year and
is elected to the Molten BBL Team of the Year for the second time. He averaged
13 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals for the season, most
significantly improving his three-point percentage to a professional
career-high of 40%. He was fourth in the league in assists and seventh in
steals, with the shifty point guard also drawing the sixth most fouls among all
players. He averaged 17 points and eight assists in Leicester’s run to BBL Cup
glory – the first time they had won the competition since 2014 – and he was MVP
of the Cup Final after taking the game over to finish with 26 points. More
recently, he posted a huge 32 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and five
steals in Leicester’s Play-off semi-final win at Glasgow.

Isaiah Reese – London Lions

London closed out the regular season strongly to finish third in
the BBL Championship and reach Sunday’s Play-off Final at the O2 Arena live on
Sky Sports, driven by their 25-year-old Miami native point guard, who joined
last summer from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA G-League. He was the BBL’s
leading scorer at 19 points per game and also top five in distribution with an
average of seven assists per outing, making the most three-pointers of any
player on the season overall (70). He saved some of his biggest performances
for late in the campaign, with Lions fighting for the top four, as he put up a
season-high 32 points against Manchester Giants, beating his previous best of
26 two days prior against Cheshire Phoenix, hitting six triples in each game
against those near-rivals. He has thus far averaged 23 points and eight assists
in London’s post-season run.

Darien Nelson-Henry – Leicester Riders

In his third campaign with the club, Leicester’s captain has been
nominated to the team for the second season in a row as once again he formed a
deadly partnership with his point guard and was quietly pivotal in their
campaign, lifting two trophies aloft so far. With his customary efficiency he
led the BBL in field goal percentage at 64% and was also top five in free-throw
percentage at 76%, on his way to an average of 12 points, six rebounds, two
assists and one block per game, the latter also placing him fourth among all
players. He had a season-high of 23 points in a February victory over
Manchester Giants live on Sky Sports, and opened the Play-offs with a
double-double of 12 points and 10 boards against Plymouth City Patriots.

Dan Clark – Manchester Giants

Playing his first season in the BBL after
previously making his career in the formidable Spanish ACB, Great Britain’s
captain and all-time leading points scorer returned to these shores to lead
Manchester Giants to the BBL Cup Final and a first Play-off berth since 2014.
In the BBL Championship, Giants finished fifth with Clark averaging 13 points,
seven rebounds and four assists, as the best passing big man in the BBL, while
leading the league in defensive rebounds with six per game, and being second
overall in blocked shots at 1.4 per contest. He had perhaps his best game to
open his BBL career, with a double-double of 25 points and 10 boards as Giants
beat Cheshire Phoenix in a North West derby, in what was the best debut for any
Manchester player since they returned to the top flight in 2012.

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