Perth Wildcats guard Bryce Cotton’s Grand Final performance was arguably the greatest in NBL history.
The American was awarded the Larry Sengstock Medal on Sunday after the Wildcats claimed back-to-back championships – defeating the Illawarra Hawks in a series sweep.
Cotton’s performance Game Three performance was unprecedented.
He scored 45 points, which the most ever scored in an NBL Grand Final game, breaking a 29-year-old record.
45 points is also the fifth-highest points total in Wildcats history.
All other individual outputs in that list are from the late 80s – an era with 48-minute games and when tall centres carried the bulk of the scoring workload.
What’s incredible about Cotton’s 45 is he only took 17 field goal attempts – hitting seven three-pointers and going at 70 per cent from the field.
He drained 14 of 15 from the stripe, as the Hawks struggled to find a way to contain him.
No player has scored seven threes in a Grand Final since the NBL introduced 10-minute quarters in 2009.
It’s also easy to forget Cotton’s contribution in Games One and Two, where Casey Prather, Matt Knight and Damian Martin could have been given best player honours, he still contributed 18 points per game.
These numbers gave him an average of 27.7 points per game over the Grand Final series, the most from any player in 20 years.