A year after winning the League MVP Award, Bryce Cotton was named the Perth Wildcats’ Team MVP this season (the Gordon Ellis Medal) for the second time, along with winning his second Championship with the franchise.
Cotton has now received the trio of MVP awards in the Australian league. The League MVP, the Grand Final MVP, and the Team MVP. I’d say that’s a pretty good start to his Australian professional basketball career, wouldn’t you?
Bryce Cotton with his second Gordon Ellis Medal! pic.twitter.com/YmBvtUW9At
— Perth Wildcats (@PerthWildcats) April 7, 2019
Bryce was named to the first Team All NBL team this season after finishing third in MVP voting, an award which I think he should have absolutely won over Andrew Bogut.
Apparently there was a new system for voting for the team’s MVP that was introduced this season. The new system had three coaches, one reporter and one former player voting 3-2-1 for the best players at the end of each match. Even with missing a couple of games this year due to injury, his play was so good that he won the award nonetheless.
Cotton finished the season with 318 votes to win the Gordon Ellis Medal ahead of Nick Kay (286) and Terrico White (174).
“To be voted MVP of a group like this really does mean a lot. Given the history of this organization and the quality of players alongside me and those that came before me, it’s truly an honor. I want to take this opportunity to thank my teammates. It’s been a special season and without the brothership and resilience this group showed, we wouldn’t be standing here today as champions.”
Cotton will be back with the team next year and hopefully they can get Grand Finals MVP and Cotton’s close friend Terrico White back in the fold next year as well.