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Kings' David Palmer wins 3-point shooting recognition

Date Posted: 2012-05-12

David Palmer sank half the three point shots he tried in the 2011-2012 Basketball Japan League season, and that was enough to win recognition from his peers.

Palmer won the three-point shooting category in polling by the league’s players and coaches, scoring on 79 of his 158 attempts.

Ironically, Palmer’s selection was the only award won by a Ryukyu Golden Kings player in the Best Five voting, despite Okinawa’s best-in-the-league 39-13 record and a sweep of the Western Conference title. All other winners were from mainland teams.

The season’s Best Five team, selected by team and league officials, including players, featured five first-time selections, but none from Okinawa. Rizing Fukuoka’s standout Kevin Palmer won top honors, along with Yokohama B-Corsairs star Justin Burrell, Hamamatsu Phoenix big man Atsuya Ota, Niigata’s team leader, Chris Holm and Masashi Joho of the Toyama Grouses.

The Most Improved Player Award went to Shimane Susanoo Magic point guard Edward Yamamoto, while the Commissioner’s Award was handed to Yuki Kikuchi, a forward on the Akita Northern Happinets. The scoring crown went to Shimane’s Michael Parker for a fourth consecutive season, thanks to his 23.1 points per game. Kenny Satterfield of the Saitama Broncos won the assist title, with 6.7 assists per game. Top rebounder honors went to Niigata’s Christ Holm, who averaged 14.3 per game.

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