Lamar the shining star for the Bullets in 2018-19
WITH next to no fanfare, Brisbane Bullets import Lamar Patterson has been crowned the club's Most Valuable Player for the 2018-19 NBL season.
The Bullets announced their award winners via a press release this morning , a month after they were beaten by eventual champions Perth in the semi-finals.
Patterson - who left the country a number of weeks ago - was a deserved winner of the Leroy Loggins MVP medal which had been presented at an awards function the past two years when the club won the wooden spoon.
But an email was the low-key and low-cost approach to cap a season when the Bullets broke their 11-year finals drought.
Patterson arrived in Australia ahead of Round 4 as a replacement for Alonzo Gee and quickly had an impact on the Bullets and the league with his class and skill shining through.
In 22 regular season games, Patterson proved to be a consistent match-winner, averaging 18 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game to earn a place in the All NBL First team.
The former NBA swingman also won the Brisbane members' MVP gong.
Brisbane are hopeful of attracting Patterson back to the Bullets for next season but will face stiff opposition for his signature from European teams and cashed-up NBL clubs.
Five-time NBL champion Mika Vukona won the Players' Player award in a voting landslide after leaving his indelible mark on the club in his first season in Brisbane.
The Bullets were better when power forward Vukona was on the court with his stats not always indicating how important he was to the side with his relentless and selfless team-first approach.
Vukona missed Brisbane's last game of the season with an Achilles injury but was prepared to play through the pain and risk further damage.
Callum Dalton was awarded as the Young Player of the Year.
Dalton has been selected in the Australian Emus team which will compete in the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup.
"We have a team-first focus, and the players who have been recognised with these awards are all guys who have really bought into that philosophy and that has been a big part of making both them and the team successful," Bullets head coach Andrej Lemanis said.
"As with every season there are highs and lows and we have done a nice job as a team to work our way through the challenges to find a way to play good team basketball.
"It is great to be able to acknowledge the players on their achievements from the season, which has come from a team effort both on and off the court."