Breakers guard Shea Ili named Australian NBL's most improved player

Ili has increased his numbers across the board this season.
Ili has increased his numbers across the board this season. Photo credit: Getty

NZ Breakers guard Shea Ili has been named the NBL's most improved player.

The 25-year-old received the honour at Tuesday night's awards ceremony in Melbourne after what has been an impressive 2017/18 campaign to date.

The combo-guard has provided a consistent spark off the bench for the Breakers - averaging over nine points and three assists a game - and has been a key figure in the Auckland-based club's run to the finals.

His numbers from the season prior are up significantly across the board and he's stepped up in some critical moments for his team, including a 17-point blitz against the Hawks to secure his side a playoff spot earlier this month.

Ili wasn't able to be there to pick up his award as he was returning from South Korea with the Tall Blacks squad after their successful World Cup qualifying junket.

Stand-out import Edgar Sosa was also named to the All-NBL second team.

In other awards, Perth Wildcats point guard Bryce Cotton won MVP, Sydney's Isaac Humphries won rookie of the year, Adelaide's Ramone Moore was crowned best sixth man and Perth's Damian Martin won his sixth defensive player of the year award.

The Breakers play game one of their semi-final series against Melbourne United at Hisense Arena on Saturday.