Apr 5, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Jaylen Adams (10) drives around Orlando Magic guard Michael Carter-Williams (7) throughout the 2nd quarter at Amway Center. Obligatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY SportsRegister now totally free unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterSYDNEY, April 28 (Reuters) – American point guard Jaylen Adams has been called Most Valuable Player in Australias National Basketball League (NBL) after helping the Sydney Kings to the playoffs in his very first season.The 25-year-old balanced 20.1 points, 6.1 helps and 5.1 rebounds over the 2021-22 routine season as the Kings finished third in the standings to earn a semi-final series versus the Illawarra Hawks.Adams, who played 44 NBA games for the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks and Portland Trailblazers before taking his skills Down Under, stated it was an honour to be granted the Andrew Gaze Trophy as the 10-team leagues best player.Register now free of charge endless access to Reuters.comRegister”I desire to thank my group mates, without them this was certainly not possible,” he said in a video message on the league site (nbl.com.au/).”Weve got a special group of guys, my brothers, wouldnt wish to go war with anybody else. Lets finish this thing out strong.”Adams surveyed 105 votes to win the award ahead of fellow American and MVP for the last 2 seasons Bryce Cotton, who bets the Perth Wildcats.Coach of the Year honours went to American Scott Roth after he assisted the Tasmania JackJumpers to the playoffs in their novice season, leaving the Wildcats without post-season play for the very first time in 35 years.The JackJumpers will handle ruling champions Melbourne United in their best-of-three games semi-final series, which starts later on Thursday.The Kings take on the Hawks in the opening match of their playoff series in Wollongong on Friday.Register now free of charge limitless access to Reuters.comRegisterReporting by Nick Mulvenney, Editing by Peter Rutherford Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.