Player Spotlight: Everard Bartlett

In mid-December, the 36ers threw a lifeline to "Rookie" Everard Bartlett. Bartlett had been on some NZ squads but never cracked the NBL for game time until Perth grabbed him short term to cover some injured players from their backcourt at the start of the season. He was let go when the Wildcats were back to full strength but the 36ers grabbed him when vice-captain Nathan Crosswell went down. Bartlett had shown an ability to be a handy combo guard, something very handy for the 36ers who wanted someone to play some spot minutes now at the point.

In only his second game for his new club, he contributed 10 points and 4 assists in an important win over the Kings. His minutes per game hovered between 10-22 minutes a game until late February when he was given the starting PG role. He averaged 6.2 pts and 2.3 ast in just over 22 minutes a game as a starter (up on 5.7pts and 1.7ast in near 17min a game). The team looked better with him at the point but the numbers show he wasn't doing enough. I would have liked to have seen him though get more minutes with Ng and Creek as he often looked for them when on the court.

It seems unlikely the 36ers will retain Bartlett for 2012-2013, especially if they get 2 quality import guards or an import and star Aussie. Crosswell is signed and will likely return to a reserve role and it seems likely fan favourite Darren Ng will be back, leaving probably only 1 guard spot left. Assuming Creek is resigned as the swingman it seems likely the 36ers will have two backup bigs filling the other reserve roles, squeezing out Bartlett.

He did a job and should find himself a roster spot somewhere for 2012-2013.

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