2017 NBL Canada All-Playoff Team
June 09, 2017
NBL Canada Media
The 2017 NBL Canada playoffs concluded with the Lightning Lightning capping a historic year by dethroning the defending champion Halifax Hurricanes 4-2 in the best-of-seven NBLC Finals.
It was the third ever title and first since 2013 for the Lightning, who won a record 35 games during the regular season.
Though time will most remember the juggernaut Lightning, the 2017 playoffs featured many other moments of intensity, drama, and all-around basketball brilliance.
From the Division semi-finals in early May to the championship celebration more than a month later, here are the stars that shone brightest this post-season.
Anthony Anderson, Saint John Riptide
5 gp, 19.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 4.4 apg
Anderson logged 219 minutes in Saint John's first round defeat by the Storm, making him the only player in the NBLC post-season to average over 40. He ranked third overall in assists per game, and led Saint John with 15 three-pointers made.
Ryan Anderson, London Lightning
13 gp, 16.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 5.3 apg
Anderson was tops in the league with 47 three-pointers made in the post-season, while leading the championship-winning Lightning with 69 assists and 22 steals. The 2017 Finals MVP racked up 33 points, seven boards and 10 assists in Game 3 of the NBLC Finals.
Russell Byrd, Moncton Miracles
3 gp, 15.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.7 apg
Byrd was Moncton's top scorer in the Miracles' Atlantic semi-final loss to Halifax, and notched 22 points in Game 2. With nine three-pointers made, he was one of only five players in the NBLC playoffs to average at least three treys per game.
Jahii Carson, Island Storm
11 gp, 22.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 7.2 apg
The Arizona State product was instrumental in Island's first round upset of Saint John, averaging 24.2 points and 8.4 dimes in the five-game series. He was the only player in the NBLC post-season to rank among the top in both scoring and assists average.
Clifford Clinkscales, Halifax Hurricanes
15 gp, 8.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 10.6 apg
The sublime point guard topped all players in average and total dimes (159) for the playoffs. He had a 4.54 assist-to-turnover ratio, including 16-0 and 14-0 in Game 1 of the Atlantic Final versus the Storm and NBLC Finals Game 6 at London, respectively.
Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, Orangeville A's
3 gp, 15.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.3 apg
Hollis-Jefferson was Orangeville top rebounder and led the A's with seven steals in their Central semi-final loss to London. In Game 2 he authored one of the playoff's best individual performances, recording 28 points, 15 boards and six dimes.
Kyle Johnson, London Lightning
13 gp, 12.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.2 apg
Johnson had two of the standout performances of the NBLC Finals, racking up 24 points with six three-pointers in Game 2 then scoring 27 while again making six treys in Game 5. For the entire post-season, he hit 28 threes, third among all players.
Maurice Jones, Windsor Express
7 gp, 14.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.6 apg
Jones was one of the top reserves in the NBLC post-season, coming off the bench in all of Windsor's contests to play nearly 30 minutes per game. He led the Express with 16 steals and his average of 2.29 takeaways ranked third among all players.
Antoine Mason, Halifax Hurricanes
15 gp, 22.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.8 apg
After winning the Sixth Man of the Year award for the regular season, Mason started every Hurricanes playoff tilt and logged a league-high 548 minutes. He also ranked first among all players with 343 points, and was second with 41 three-point buckets.
Juan Pattillo, Windsor Express
7 gp, 17.4 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 1.7 apg
Pattillo led the Express in points and boards and was one of only three NBLC players to average a double-double for the post-season. He also was tops on his team and among the league-leaders with 22 offensive rebounds and 8 blocks.
Terry Thomas, Island Storm
10 gp, 19.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.7 apg
Thomas led the Storm in rebounds six times and points twice during their 11-game playoff run, including Game 4 of the first round when he had 36 points and 11 boards. He tied for second among NBLC players with 22 total steals during the post-season.
Royce White, London Lightning
12 gp, 24.8 ppg, 12.4 rpg, 5.3 apg
The 2017 NBLC MVP notched a triple-double in his playoff debut and went on to lead all players in scoring and rebounding average while ranking first with 16 blocks. He had 20-plus points and 10-plus boards in all but two of his 12 post-season appearances.
Billy White, Halifax Hurricanes
14 gp, 17.6 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 2.8 apg
White amassed 39 offensive rebounds, most of any player in the post-season, and ranked second overall with 146 total boards. White averaged 22.2 points, 11.5 boards, and 3.3 assists in Halifax's Atlantic Final 4-2 series win against the Storm.
Flenard Whitfield, Kitchener-Waterloo Titans
3 gp, 24.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.7 apg
Whitfield led KW in scoring and rebounding during their opening-round loss to Windsor. He recorded a double-double with 31 points and 11 boards in Game 1 of the series. His scoring average ranked second among all NBLC players in the post-season.