The Brisbane Bullets have recognised their best performing players of the 2016/17 NBL Season at the club’s Most Valuable Player Awards gala dinner in Brisbane tonight.
Hosted by media personalities Charli Robinson and Richard Champion, the red-carpet event saluted the Bullets’ finest after a revival season eight years in the making.
American import Torrey Craig picked up the major award of the night, being named the Leroy Loggins MVP – as voted by the NBL, players, members and the media – while also collecting the Ladbrokes Members MVP, reflecting his popularity with Bullets season members.
The accolades continue the swingman’s recent run of career slam dunks, after he took out the NBL’s Best Defensive Player of the 2016/17 Season and was named in the All NBL Seconds.
Bullets Guard Adam Gibson was crowned the Players’ Player despite having his season cut short in Round 15, when he went down with a calf injury against the Illawarra Hawks.
Gibson, who was also part of the Bullets’ 2007 championship team, was the most voted player on pride, toughness, family and community for the team in 2016/17.
Up-and-comer Tom Fullarton was recognised as the best non-rostered team member aged under 20, winning Young Player of the Year, an award determined by Bullets coaches Andrej Lemanis, CJ Bruton and Mick Downer. The young gun linked with the Bullets after captaining the Australian Under-17 men’s side at the world championships last June.
Brisbane Bullets general manager Richard Clarke said the club was thrilled to be back in the NBL despite a challenging end to the 2016/17 season.
“We certainly faced hurdles along the way, but injuries are a reality of sport and we’re just grateful for the support Brisbane has shown in welcoming back the Bullets this season,” Mr Clarke said.
“As well as acknowledging the individual successes of the players, tonight was a celebration of the whole group’s effort and in laying the foundation of the club’s success into the future.
“We look forward to seeing our members when we tip off for the 2017/18 season later in the year.”
Staged at the Royal International Convention Centre in Bowen Hills, the awards were presented in front of players, staff and hundreds of members and supporters.