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NBL PotW: Hop right to it

WOW, what a round of NBL basketball that was, with nine fixtures dating back into the previous decade, no less!

Forgive us here at Basketball On The Internet if we don't get over-excited about the record attendance numbers total for the round. Individually they were senational, no argument, and right across the board.

Congratulations all around.

But come on, collectively, if you're going to stage nine games, your round aggregate is bound to be some impressive sort of record.

With so many games, it also means it is easier to forget or overlook some great performances, from Bryce Cotton burying Sydney in a season-high 39-point avalanche, to the work done by Cairns' stellar import trio - the best trio in the NBL? - of Scott Machado, Cam Oliver, DJ Newbill, in first dismantling United in Melbourne, then South East Melbourne in Cairns.

Of our nine teams, only Cairns and New Zealand came through unscathed at 2-0.

Leading contenders Sydney and Melbourne went 0-2 and defending champ Perth 1-1. 

Adelaide, South East Melbourne, Illawarra and Brisbane also all went 1-1.

So you know this extensive round's Player of the Week was likely to come from the Breakers or the Taipans and, once Scotty Hopson buried that 3-point match-winner to beat the Bullets in Brisbane, he only had to play well in Adelaide to become a multiple winner.

He did way more than that, with 28 points, seven boards and four assists. In Brisbane, he collated 27 points, six rebounds and four assists.

So his round averages were 27.5 points at 53 percent, 6.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks in two critical road wins. No doubt about it, Scotty is our Player of the Week, joining only Illawarra's LaMelo Ball as a two-time winner this season.

Hopson concluded 2019 as our winner and opens 2020 exactly the same way!BASKETBALL ON THE INTERNET PLAYER of the WEEK

Round 1 Mitch Creek (SEM Phoenix)
Round 2 John Roberson (SEM Phoenix)
Round 3 Andrew Bogut (Sydney Kings)
Round 4 Bryce Cotton (Perth Wildcats)
Round 5 Shawn Long (Melbourne United)
Round 6 LaMelo Ball (Illawarra Hawks)
Round 7 Melo Trimble (Melbourne United)
Round 8 LaMelo Ball (Illawarra Hawks)
Round 9 Daniel Johnson (Adelaide 36ers)
Round 10 Scott Machado (Cairns Taipans)
Round 11 Jerome Randle (Adelaide 36ers)
Round 12 Scotty Hopson (NZ Breakers)
Round 13 Scotty Hopson (NZ Breakers)

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