The Numbers: 36ers v Tigers 8/11/13

Seven games in and one thing has become clear- for Adelaide to be a legit title contender it needs Gary Ervin to be it's "Money Man".

Ervin was dominant in the first half of the season opener against Perth but then quietened down. He remedied that quickly with a dominant game against Wollongong. He had moments against Cairns and New Zealand but certainly picked his spots. Since the Melbourne game in Melbourne he has lead the team in field goal attempts, averaging 20.6 points and 7 assists. In the last two games especially, he has frequently attacked the rim and given Adelaide a different look. He's been looking more for his shot but this has not affected his assist numbers. If he can get to the basket he will, otherwise he'll look to create good shots for others.

Here's Ervin's numbers in wins versus losses

Wins- 19.2pts, 4 reb, 6.4 ast, 1.2 stl, 2.6 to
Losses- 15pts, 3.5 reb, 4.5 ast, 1 stl, 1 to

The only number that has gone south in wins is the turnovers but this is not a surprise with how much he's had the ball in his hands in those wins.

There will be games where DJ leads the scoring (he and Ervin have each top scored for Adelaide in 3 games so far) but for the most part the Sixers will want G-Money to be it's focus on offense. The only criticism of Ervin so far has perhaps his been his "blinkered vision" once he decides to attack the rim but he overcame that Friday with a beautiful pass in the final minute to DJ under the basket that secured Adelaide's win.

If he can keep up his recent form he's every chance of getting another MVP trophy and the reward he seeks most- his first NBL championship.

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