We look at who was lighting it up in the BBL during December.
There was a familiar feel to our leader board for points production with two of November’s podium members back again. The free-scoring Jaysean Paige (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle) fired 25.8 points per outing, while Molten BBL Player of the Month, CJ Gettys (Cheshire Phoenix) was the only other player to break through the 20 points per game landmark, with 23.4.
Six players all managed to return 65% or more from the field during the period, with British forward Andy Thomson (Leicester Riders) leading the way with 67.9%. He was followed by Brandon Peel (London Lions) and Mike Vigor (Bristol Flyers) who were locked on 66.7%, with CJ Gettys (Cheshire Phoenix), George Beamon (Worcester Wolves) and Zarko Jukic (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle) the other competitors making the post 65% grade.
Our podium in this category all made more than half of their attempts from long range, with the throne occupied by Trayvon Palmer (Worcester Wolves) who dropped 54.8% from downtown to help his team ride through December unbeaten. Justin Robinson (London Lions) continued to be a threat from distance after making 25 of 46, with his teammate Joe Ikhinmwin (London Lions) showing he should be respected from behind the arc after sinking 50% of his shots.
On the glass
It was a rare sight to see no players accrue double-digits in rebounding during December, with a three-way tie at the top of the chart. Dallin Bachynski (Worcester Wolves), Tavarion Nix (Leeds Force) and Daniel Edozie (Bristol Flyers) all managed to harvest 9.7 boards per game.
Passing the rock
There was a stunning battle in this category as Elvisi Dusha (Worcester Wolves) pipped Neil Watson (Plymouth Raiders) with 8.3 assists per game compared to 8.2 per outing from his rival. That was helped by Dusha dishing up a BBL season-high and career best 14 assists while playing against Watson and his former club at the Pavilions on the 29 December. Those two were ahead of Saah Nimley (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle) who had 7.3 assists per game and then Chris Alexander (DBL Sharks Sheffield) and Callum Jones (Manchester Giants) with 6.7 and 6.3 respectively.
On the line
For the third month in a row it was a London player topping this chart as Paul Guede (London Lions) made a flawless 12 of 12. He was one of a quartet of players who netted 90% or more from the line, with Mackey McKnight (DBL Sharks Sheffield) converting 10 of 11 like Jaysean Paige (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle), while Neil Watson (Plymouth Raiders) dropped 18 of 20.
It’s a whole new top three in this category, with Neil Watson (Plymouth Raiders) sharing the crown with Jaysean Paige (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle) after mustering 2.3 steals per game. Jawad Adekoya (Plymouth Raiders) took our bronze medal for steals with 2.2 per outing.
There is also a new-look podium in our ‘Swat Kings’ chart too, with new BBL arrival Nate Britt (Glasgow Rocks) showing his athleticism and that this category can be for backcourt players as well! He finished December with 1.3 blocks per game and that means he shares the throne with Terry Martin (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle) who had the same average number of swats.
*Minimum 3 games to qualify.