2011-2012 Award Nominations

The NBL has just released the nominees for the "secondary" awards. Here they are

NBL Awards Nominations - 2012

Rookie of the Year
Everard Bartlett (Adelaide)
Greg Hire (Perth)
Ben Purser (Perth)
Patty Mills (Melbourne)
Anatoly Bose (Sydney)
Chris Cedar (Townsville)

Sixth Man of the Year
Nathan Herbert (Adelaide)
Aaron Grabau (Cairns)
Stephen Hoare (Gold Coast)
Jesse Wagstaff (Perth)
Brad Robbins (Perth)
Daniel Dillon (Melbourne)
Liam Rush (Melbourne)
Alex Pledger (NZ)
CJ Bruton (NZ)
Graeme Dann (Sydney)
Todd Blanchfield (Townsville)
Michael Cedar (Townsville)
Joevan Catron (Wollongong)

Best Defensive Player
Mitch Creek (Adelaide)
Ian Crosswhite (Cairns)
Adam Gibson (Gold Coast)
Damian Martin (Perth)
Cameron Tovey (Perth)
Ronald Dorsey (Melbourne)
Tommy Greer (Melbourne)
Tom Abercrombie (NZ)
Mika Vukona (NZ)
Jerai Grant (Sydney)
Eddie Gill (Townsville)
Peter Crawford (Townsville)
Tyson Demos (Wollongong)

Most Improved Player
Daniel Johnson (Adelaide)
Aaron Grabau (Cairns)
Adam Gibson (Gold Coast)
Jesse Wagstaff (Perth)
Luke Nevill (Perth)
Cameron Tragardh (Melbourne)
Alex Pledger (NZ)
Tom Abercrombie (NZ)
Ben Madgen (Sydney)
Todd Blanchfield (Townsville)
Jacob Holmes (Townsville)
Rhys Martin (Wollongong)

So which 36ers are a legit chance to win one of these awards?

I say only DJ, with Madgen and Holmes his likely rivals. 

In the other categories I like..........

Rookie- Bose. Hands down.
6th Man- Catron over Wagstaff and CJ
Defensive- Martin over Grant and Crosswhite

*Before anyone says "you don't know how good 'player x' is, you obviously don't watch many games". You're right. That has a lot to do with the tv coverage. Happy for your comments. I'm going on what I've seen at Adelaide home games and games I've been able to catch on ONE.

**How Herbert got nominated for 6th man but not Defensive POTY is a mystery. Herbert is now often 3rd or 4th off the bench and has had an average year. His defense is still excellent though. Do yourself a favour sometime and focus in on him on the defensive end, his positioning, awareness and decision making is first class.

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