Torrey Craig has been with the Brisbane Bullets all of three games. Or more particularly 100mins 19seconds of court time. But already he’s established himself as a unique figure in the 2016-17 NBL.
Craig is the only player in the first two rounds of the season to average double figures in points and rebounds.
The 198cm guard/forward is averaging a League-leading 10.3 rebounds per game to go with his 15.7 points per game.
His 17 rebounds against Perth in the Bullets’ second game of the season is the highest in the League this year. Easily. Next best is 13 boards to Bullets teammate Tom Jervis against Adelaide last Sunday, and Melbourne United’s Cedric Jackson.
Among players who are averaging double-figure points through the early part of the season the player nearest to Craig in average rebounds is Sydney’s Greg Whittington. He’s averaging 12.3ppg and 8.0rpg.
Illawarra’s Michael Holyfield averages 11.3ppg and 7.0rpg, and Sydney’s two-time NBA championship team member Josh Powell averages 11.0ppg and 6.5rpg through two games after a late start.
Illawarra’s Andrew Ogilvy is not far off averaging double-figures in both categories without actually hitting the mark in either. He’s started the season averaging 9.0ppg and 7.3rpg.
Interestingly, in a positive pointer for Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis, Bullets powerhouse Cam Bairstow had 15 points and seven rebounds in just 27min3sec in his first outing for the club on Sunday.
When Bairstow is fully fit and playing the sort of minutes Lemanis will expect from the former Chicago Bulls big man he is another with the potential to average double-figures in both key categories.
Already Craig, who leads the Bullets in court-time through the first three games, has increased his output on his two previous seasons in the NBL with the Cairns Taipans.
The 198cm 26-year-old from South Carolina via USC Upstate averaged 8.9ppg and 5.7rpg coming off the bench for the Taipans in 2014-15, and 11.6ppg and 6.1rpg playing predominantly as a starter in 2015-16.
And, to further underline his versatility and all-round potential worth to the Bullets, he’s also averaged 1.0 assist, 1.7 steals and 1.0 blocks per game through the early part of this season.
After two rounds of the season Jervis ranks equal second in the League in rebounds at 8.0 rpg, level with Whittington and behind only Craig.