Wilbekin was the star and only MVP contender on a team that went 21-7, in Cairns, which is easily their best season ever and would be one of the best seasons in the post 2000s outside of the bigger city teams.
Not sure how they could of achieved that with Wilbekin being poor for a third of the season? Unless we going to claim that Cam Tragardh was the reason Cairns got that 21-7 record or something?
Wilbekin was clearly balling that season,he was on an ok squad, but was hardly star studded, and they exceeded everyone's expectations and most Cairns fans wildest dreams.
Sure he may have been up and down at times on the boxscore with scoring type numbers, but he was still consistent enough to lead his team in scoring with a healthy 15ppg (9th in the NBL), whilst being (4th in assists), so couldnt have been too bad for too long.
But Wilbekin also clearly bought value outside of the box score.
He literally won 10 more games than Conklin with similar level of team mates on a similar budget team,
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but in my opion (and many others) Wilbekin was clearly the best player that season, and on the best team in a small market regional team at that! So he gets my MVP nod every day of the week.
Agree on Childress, but he missed too many games to be MVP, had he played the whole season the kings may have made playoffs too.
Thats the flaw in vote every game system is guys who light up the scoring numbers on bad teams, every team has 1 guy, gain an advantage over guys on better teams who may score less because they are on a deeper roster and willing to sacrifice to make the team win, ie putting winning ahead of stats. Im sure if they were selfish and just wanted their stats Ennis or Wilbekin could have taken more shots scored an extra 5ppg and padded their stats, which coincidentally may have got them the MVP but probably wouldnt help their team win, and could have cost them some wins.
Not saying Conklin was a bad player in 2015, but Wilbekin put up at the very least similar over all numbers and won an extra 10 games and gave Cairns a historically good season.
To me that is more important than a little bit of scoring consistency that Conklin had over Wilbekin, also you could argue that Conklin played as an A grade player for the whole season solidly and consistently but didnt lead to much team success, where as Wilbekin played as an A+ for 2/3rds and a B grader for 1/3rd so would still land on an A overall anyway, and Wilbekins best games were better than Conklins which is also important to me, and then you take into account the extra winning it over takes that in importance in my view.