2015 NBL Awards

The National Basketball League annual awards were presented in a new format for the 2015 season, honouring each recipient with presentations across the NBL Finals series. See below for the full list of 2015 NBL Award winners. MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Powerhouse forward Brian Conklin of the Townsville Crocodiles is the Most Valuable Player for the 2014/15 season. Conklin earned the Andrew Gaze MVP Trophy after an impressive 2014/15 campaign, finishing fourth in the League in scoring averaging 18.9 points per game with 6.4 rebounds on 50.7 per cent shooting from the field.

awa2_1b7pdxuh0ugig1mlvtic64c311     BRIAN CONKLIN Townsville Crocodiles

COACH OF THE YEAR The Cairns Taipans made history right throughout the 2014/15 season and Aaron Fearne has capped it off by taking out Coach of the Year Award for the first time. The Taipans made the NBL Grand Final back in 2011, and since then Fearne has gone about building up his squad to challenge for the title. The Taipans won the NBL minor premiership for the first time and in doing so became the first team from a non-capital city to do so since the Geelong Supercats achieved it in 1984. awa4_onqcgqfcdz9e1u11e383msw57

AARON FEARNE Cairns Taipans

BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER Perth Wildcats captain Damian Martin's reputation as one of the NBL's all-time best defenders has been further enhanced with him claiming the Best Defensive Player Award for the 2014/15 season. Martin is the first player in NBL history to win the Best Defensive Player award five straight years since it was first handed out to Ray Wood of the West Adelaide Bearcats in 1980. awa3_8wgfn86suvwd1snun80t4f5zq

DAMIAN MARTIN Perth Wildcats

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR While Cameron Tragardh wasn’t part of the Cairns' starting unit, he played just as big a part as anyone in the Taipans’ finishing with the minor premiership and has been awarded with the Sixth Man of the Year award. The power forward has now played 296 games in the league, is in his third season in Cairns having previously played in Townsville, Brisbane, Wollongong and Melbourne, and he has again proven to be the best post player in the NBL. awa6_1hene84p7ml4w1dx7xmcwyeqzz

CAM TRAGARDH Cairns Taipans

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER The Townsville Crocodiles not only possess the 2015 MVP in Brian Conklin, but can also boast the 2015 Most Improved Player in Todd Blanchfield. Blanchfield earns the League’s award after a stellar season averaging 14.6 points and six rebounds per game, shooting at 44.8 per cent from the field and 34.6 per cent from beyond the arc. awa1_z1wqygq780mx11pgse6bjimiw

TODD BLANCHFIELD Townsville Crocodiles

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR After a promising start with the Kings, up and coming Sydney star Angus Brandt has claimed the 2015 Rookie of the Year award. The 208cm centre averaged 7.4 points and four rebounds per game while shooting at nearly 50 per cent from the field over 21 games in his NBL debut. award7_69p2mtkqmub21e847orboa0fy


REFEREE OF THE YEAR Michael Aylen has been named the 2015 NBL Referee of the Year, winning his sixth consecutive award and his eight NBL honour overall. Aylen won his first NBL Referee of the Year award in 2004 and again in 2008, before going on a five-year streak from 2010. This year he takes the tally up to six. awa7_1afg6qcvmcblg1jkfum7dvbrxd


ALL-NBL FIRST TEAM The All-NBL First Team for the 2014/15 season has a line-up all coming from different clubs. Most Valuable Player Brian Conklin of the Crocodiles takes centre position while Brock Motum of the Adelaide 36ers, Josh Childress of the Sydney Kings, Cedric Jackson of the New Zealand Breakers and Scottie Wilbekin of the Cairns Taipans form the rest of the team. all5_za8hk6tzd36c1o0mv8piaguzz

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