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2016-2017 All NBL Canada Teams Announced

Released: June 07, 2017
By: NBL Canada Media


The 2016-17 NBL Canada teams couldn't better reflect the league.

From stars playing their first year in Canada to vets that rank among the best in NBLC history, monsters of the paint to diminutive guards, All-Americans to Canadian university products, these 15 players share the talent, ability, passion, hustle and desire that defined NBL Canada in its sixth year.

Here's a look at the honorees:

 

FIRST TEAM

 

Royce White, London Lightning

37 gp, 19.7 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 5.7 apg

previous selections: none

The former NBA first-round draft pick was named NBLC MVP after leading London to a league-record 35 regular season wins. White ranked top five in the league in total points, rebounds, and assists. He led all players with 26 double-doubles and set the NBLC record with 5 triple-doubles.


Gabe Freeman, Saint John Riptide

34 gp, 23.2 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.7 apg

previous selections: 2012, 2016 (first team)

Freeman ranked second this season in NBLC for both scoring and rebounding average, while grabbing a league-best 3.28 offensive boards per game. He had 15 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Freeman was twice named Altantic Division Player of the Week.


Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, Orangeville A's

35 gp, 18.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 4.7 apg

previous selections: none

A tireless athlete who averaged a whopping 37.7 minutes per game, Hollis-Jefferson was one of just two players in NBLC this season to average 18 points, 7 boards and 4 dimes. He also was named Defensive Player of the Year after leading NBLC with 2.17 steals per game.


Terry Thomas, Island Storm

32 gp, 18.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.0 apg

previous selections: none

Thomas ranked second on the Storm in scoring and led the team with 217 rebounds. He was second in the league with 2.09 steals per game, recording three or more on 12 occasions. The native of Dartmouth, N.S., was also announced as NBLC's Canadian Player of the Year.


Billy White, Halifax Hurricanes

37 gp, 17.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.2 apg

previous selections: none

White led the Hurricanes in scoring and rebounding, and his .616 field-goal percentage ranked first among all NBLC players with at least 200 attempts. He recorded 18 double-doubles, most in the Atlantic Division, and reached double-figure points in all but three games.

 

 

SECOND TEAM

Anthony Anderson, Saint John Riptide

32 gp, 23.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 6.1 apg

previous selections: 2012, 2014, 2015 (first team); 2013, 2016 (second team)

En route to a record sixth All-NBL Canada selection, Anderson led the league in scoring average and was the only player to log more than 40 minutes per game. He equalled the NBLC season-high with 51 points, at Cape Breton on March 28, and scored 30 or more on six other occasions.


Clifford Clinkscales, Halifax Hurricanes

40 gp, 4.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg. 7.5 apg

previous selections: none

Nine Hurricanes had more points than Clinkscales this season, but all can credit much of their scoring to the savvy point guard, who ranked second in NBLC with 300 assists while executing with a league-leading 4.48 assist-to-turnover rate. He had 11 double-digit assist games.

 

Ryan Anderson, London Lightning

39 gp, 15.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.8 apg

previous selections: 2014 (second team)

Anderson made history during a 45-point outburst at Cape Breton on Feb. 26, when he canned a record 13 three-pointers. For the season, he was second in NBLC with 122 treys, while leading all players with an .896 free-throw percentage. Anderson also ranked third with 74 steals.

 

Jahii Carson, Island Storm

39 gp, 20.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 6.7 apg

previous selections: none

Carson was voted 2016-17 NBLC Newcomer of the Year after leading the league in points (808), ranking third in assists (261) and seventh in steals (65). He had a streak of 29 games reaching double-figures in points and scored a personal-best of 39 against Halifax on March 3.

 

Chad Frazier, Cape Breton Highlanders

35 gp, 16.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.0 apg

previous selections: none

After averaging 8.3 points and 2.9 assists through the first 8 games, Frazier averaged 19.2 and 5.6 over his final 27 appearances. He had 35 and 37 points in back-to-back games en route Atlantic Division Player of the Week for Jan. 29. Frazier was 10th in NBLC with an .805 free-throw percentage.

 

 

THIRD TEAM

Maurice Jones, Windsor

40 gp, 9.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 8.0 apg

previous selections: none

Jones won the NBLC Rookie of the Year award after exploding on the scene in 2016-17. He led the league in both steals (83) and dimes (320), while ranking second with a 4.16 assist-to-turnover ratio. The five-foot-seven dynamo logged 1,246 minutes, tops on the Express.

 

Flenard Whitfield, Kitchener-Waterloo Titans

18 gp, 18.1 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.5 apg

previous selections: none

Whitfield joined KW in early March, and started its final 16 games, averaging more than 20 points and 9 boards as a starter. He averaged 1.06 blocks and had seven rejections against the Storm on April 23. Whitfield won Central Division Player of the Week for April 9.

 

Malik Story, Moncton

38 gp, 14.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.1 apg

previous selections: none

Story hit 105 threes, fifth most in NBLC in 2016-17, and ranked among the league's top 20 for points and assists. He earned Atlantic Player of the Week on April 30 after propelling Moncton from outside the playoff picture to a post-season berth in the season's last week.


Garrett Williamson, London Lightning

27 gp, 13.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.9 apg

previous selections: 2014 (first team)

Williamson was London's lone selection to the 2017 All-Defensive team. He was second on the team in both free-throws made (111) and offensive rebounds per game (1.92). Williamson had a season-high 23 points to go with six boards and five assists at Saint John on April 12.


CJ Washington, Halifax Hurricanes

31 gp, 16.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.5 apg

previous selections: none

Washington was fifth in the league with 12 double-doubles, while ranking 17th and 11thin scoring and rebounding averages, respectively. Washington led Halifax with 2.77 offensive boards per game. He averaged more than 20 points and nearly 9 rebounds per game in April

 

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