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Winners announced for Molten BBL All-British Team of the Year


As voted by the league’s Head Coaches and Captains, the Molten BBL All-British Team of the Year is made up of five Great Britain internationals and including a number of debuts as the level of British talent in the league continues to rise.

Kimbal Mackenzie – Leicester Riders

Kimbal Mackenzie made his debut for the Great Britain national team this season and upped his output almost across the board for Leicester Riders with incredible efficiency. He posted averages of 12.7 points and 3.8 assists per game, shooting 49.1% from the field, 40.7% from three-point range, and becoming just the thirteenth player in BBL history to shoot more than 90% from the free-throw line. In February he stepped into the starting point guard role and led the team admirably by earning the Molten BBL Player of the Month award during that period, posting his career high of 31 points on 11-15 (73%) shooting in a road win at Cheshire Phoenix.

Luke Nelson – London Lions

Possessing the most Great Britain caps of anyone in the Molten BBL All-British Team of the Year, Luke Nelson completed the first father and son duo to ever win the BBL Championship title – and was handed his medal by father Steve – after a standout season for London Lions in his first BBL campaign following seasons in the French, German and Spanish top flights and an NBA Summer League stint with the LA Clippers. He averaged 11.4 points and 4.2 assists per game, was tenth in the league for assists and eighth in three-point percentage at 39.7%, peaking at 21 points in a win over Cheshire in February and scoring 11 points in January’s BBL Cup Final success.

Josh Sharma – London Lions

London’s seven-foot centre Josh Sharma made his debut for the Great Britain national team in November, and is elected to the Molten BBL All-British Team of the Year after winning the BBL Championship and BBL Cup in his first season here. As paint protector for the league’s best defence he was second in the BBL for blocked shots with 1.9 per game, and his points average of 9.4 was achieved by a league fourth-best field goal percentage of 61.1%, while also grabbing 5.3 rebounds per contest. Sharma got more influential as the season progressed, scoring in double-figures in eight of his last eleven games, with his sole double-double of 17 points and 12 boards coming against Cheshire Phoenix in February.

Jelani Watson-Gayle – Bristol Flyers

Rookie guard Jelani Watson-Gayle graduated from Fresno Pacific last summer and in his debut professional season was instrumental as Bristol Flyers secured their highest ever BBL Championship finish of third, also earning him a Great Britain debut having previously represented the national team at u20 level. He averaged 12.6 points, 3.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game off the bench for Flyers, and was sixth in the BBL for three-point percentage at 41.6%. He had a season best performance of 30 points, eight rebounds and five assists on 6-8 (75%) three-point shooting in victory over Newcastle Eagles in January, and also scored a buzzer-beater among 14 points to force overtime as Flyers prevailed over London Lions in April.

Patrick Whelan – Leicester Riders

Patrick Whelan is elected to the Molten BBL All-British Team of the Year for the second season in a row – as the only non-debutant in this year’s team – after another good campaign for Leicester Riders as they finished second in the BBL Championship and reached the BBL Cup Final. He averaged 13.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, and was the league’s leading sharpshooter with a three-point percentage of 45.1%. Whelan featured five times in the weekly All-Star 5, joint-fourth among all players and first among British players, while continuing to represent the national team in recent World Cup Qualifiers.

A full record of votes can be found below:

Bristol Coach Vote Kimbal Mackenzie Luke Nelson Patrick Whelan Jamell Anderson Fahro Alihodzic
Bristol Captain Vote Kimbal Mackenzie Patrick Whelan Jamell Anderson Will Neighbour Josh Sharma
Caledonia Coach Vote Kimbal Mackenzie Jelani Watson-Gayle Patrick Whelan Josh Sharma Luke Nelson
Caledonia Captain Vote Kimbal Mackenzie Jelani Watson-Gayle Kyle Johnson Josh Sharma Patrick Whelan
Cheshire Coach Vote Kimbal Mackenzie Luke Nelson Patrick Whelan Fahro Alihodzic Josh Sharma
Cheshire Captain Vote Jelani Watson-Gayle Luke Nelson Patrick Whelan Fahro Alihodzic Josh Sharma
Leicester Coach Vote Luke Nelson Josh Sharma Jamell Anderson Kyle Johnson Malcolm Delpeche
Leicester Captain Vote Jelani Watson-Gayle Luke Nelson Josh Sharma Jamell Anderson Miye Oni
London Coach Vote Kimbal Mackenzie Jelani Watson-Gayle Patrick Whelan Jamell Anderson Will Neighbour
London Captain Vote Kimbal Mackenzie Jelani Watson-Gayle Patrick Whelan Jamell Anderson Will Neighbour
Manchester Coach Vote Jelani Watson-Gayle Jamell Anderson Luke Nelson Mo Soluade Josh Sharma
Manchester Captain Vote Josh Sharma Jelani Watson-Gayle Luke Nelson Kyle Johnson Kimbal Mackenzie
Newcstle Coach Vote Kimbal Mackenzie Jelani Watson-Gayle Jamell Anderson Josh Sharma Patrick Whelan
Newcastle Captain Vote Jamell Anderson Josh Sharma Luke Nelson Patrick Whelan Jelani Watson-Gayle
Plymouth Coach Vote Jamell Anderson Jelani Watson-Gayle Josh Sharma Kimbal Mackenzie Fahro Alihodzic
Plymouth Captain Vote Josh Sharma Patrick Whelan Jelani Watson-Gayle Miye Oni Kyle Johnson
Sheffield Coach Vote Kimbal Mackenzie Luke Nelson Josh Sharma Patrick Whelan Malcolm Delpeche
Sheffield Captain Vote Kimbal Mackenzie Luke Nelson Patrick Whelan Jamell Anderson Josh Sharma
Surrey Coach Vote Elvisi Dusha Jelani Watson-Gayle Kimbal Mackenzie Luke Nelson Will Neighbour
Surrey Captain Vote Josh Sharma Luke Nelson Patrick Whelan Jelani Watson-Gayle Fahro Alihodzic



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