Once again the Supporters Club are running two awards to celebrate players’ achievements. Last year Will Hall picked up our Player of the Year award and Kieron Achara picked up our Defensive Player of the Year award. Who will come out on top this season?
Supporters Club Player of the Year Award
We like it when the Rocks win games – even more so when the team is playing well and entertaining the crowd. For you, a “Player of the year” may be a player whom you feel has performed consistently well over the course of the season. They may be the player who can come up with the clutch basket under pressure. They may be the player you find most entertaining to watch. Or perhaps they are the player who can lift both the team and the crowd when the game is not going to plan.
However, there’s more to it than that. Being a Rock is not just about winning games. It’s about improving the community, inspiring the next generation to want better for themselves. There are plenty of kids with stories of when “the basketball player came to my school and spoke to us about healthy eating”. There are just as many adults who can talk about the team taking time to sign autographs and pose for pictures. A good player is great, a good person is even better.
We’re rightfully proud of what our players do – both on and off the court. So who, this year, has embodied what it means to be a Glasgow Rock for you?
Supporters Club Defensive Player of the Year Award
Good players win games. Good teams win championships. The cornerstone to this is good defence. From the low post to the perimeter, there are players looking to stop the opposition. The hustlers like to hover around the perimeter, putting the attacker off his dribble and stealing the ball. The rim protectors stick to the low post, defending the entry pass and swatting shots away. Somewhere in between are the guys who clog the lane and look to take charges. Everywhere there are hands in faces! Do you value the defender who can anticipate and dodge the pick, or perhaps the man who can guard several different positions?
If you’re not sure who to pick, here are some stats for you (correct at the time of publishing)!
Kieron Achara – 6.13 per game
Lewis Thomas – 4.52 per game
Gareth Murray – 3.68 per game
Kieron Achara – 1.52 per game
Lewis Thomas – 0.7 per game
Anthony Elechi – 0.36 per game
Neil Watson – 1.18 per game
Kieron Achara / Hayden Lescault – 1.13 per game
Gareth Murray – 0.64 per game