The Sydney Kings held its official end of season awards last night – at the Sky Terrace Rooftop Bar at the Star in Pyrmont – and we are proud to announce the winners.
Jerome Randle scooped up two awards – the team’s Most Valuable Player and the Members’ player of the year.
In the 19 games Randle played for the Kings this season he established himself as a vocal leader on and off the court.
He also became the first player since Andrew Gaze in 1989 to lead the league in points and assists in the same season.
With three times more votes than the next highest vote-getter, Randle was also a clear cut choice for Members’ Player of the Year.
Jason Cadee won the Laurie Watterson Clubman of the year, which recognises great passion for the Sydney Kings, self-sacrifice, and an individual who always places the needs of the club above his or her own.
Tom Garlepp was awarded the Mike Wrublewski Most Inspirational Player award. Garlepp showed incredible leadership throughout the 2017-18 season and was ready to contribute whenever and wherever he was called upon. His demeanour on and off the court was truly inspirational.
Dane Pineau won the best defensive player award. Pineau’s application and attention to detail helped him become a versatile member of the team, particularly on the defensive end, and his ability to guard multiple positions meant he was called upon to take a larger role on the team as the season progressed.
And this development was a key reason why the team found success later on in the season.