2018 NYC All-Tournament Team
When I select All-Tournament teams, I keep them simple: Five players who impressed me the most throughout the entire tournament. Some people will add a sixth man or an honorable mention to cheat the system. I don't.
Here's my 2018 NYC All-Tournament Team.
Mouton is an easy choice to put on the team considering he won the MVP of the whole tournament. DMV Ballers came out to Vegas with seven of the players on this roster, adding Mouton, Brandon Allen and Tim Harwood. T
he addition of Mouton was massive and he was one of the biggest reasons that DMV Ballers were able to win a national title after failing to make it to Sunday in Vegas.
Mouton was a consistent performer throughout the tournament, averaging 15.6 points per game on 45 percent shooting from the field, adding 6.4 rebounds per game. His case for the MVP was solidified after he saved his best performance for when it mattered most.
In the championship game against the Bulls, Mouton scored 26 points, grabbed six rebounds and shot 9/13 from the field. This all culminated with Mouton scoring on four-straight possessions for the DMV Ballers in the final four minutes of regulation to force overtime.
Willis was the epitome of consistency and efficiency throughout this tournament. He was the lifeblood of the Bulls and orchestrated an offense that scored 74.6 points per game.
Willis’ best traits on the floor are his strength, his ability to create his own shot and his elite floor vision, all of which were on display. The Bulls guard literally played like a bull on some drives to the hoop, which was a big reason why he shot 59 percent from the field in the tournament.
The worst shooting performance he had was 4/8 from the field in a win over the Vegas Villains. He averaged 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, showing his complete offensive skill set.
Thompson played in last year’s tournament with a completely different Bulls roster, and his numbers increased across the board in this tournament. He put on a clinic of how to create space for a shot, and his impressive vertical made it nearly impossible for anyone to put a hand in his face to disrupt his lethal midrange jumper.
That vertical was also a reason why 15 of his 23 rebounds in this tournament were offensive, as he often out-jumped opponents for boards. Much like Willis, Thompson didn’t have a bad shooting performance in this tournament. His worst shooting performance was 56 percent from the field, which he did three times.
He finished the tournament averaging 16.3 points per game on 58 percent shooting, adding in 5.8 rebounds per game.
This was Howell’s National Tournament debut and he made an immediate statement against the TD Bulls. The Thundercats were without Richie Byrd, so the backcourt scoring demand increased significantly for Howell and he came through.
He scored 31 of the team’s 63 points, against a team that allowed 58.3 points per game throughout the tournament. Howell is listed at 6’0, but he looks more like 5’8. That didn’t stop him from continually driving into the lane with reckless abandon against defenders close to a foot taller than him.
His fearless mentality and elite finishing ability helped him score 19.8 points per game, third-best in the tournament, on 47 percent shooting from the field.
While Hamner was a sixth man for the Bulls in this tournament, he was so impressive off the bench that it warrants a spot on the official All-Tournament team.
It felt like every time Hamner shot the ball it was going to go in. He shot over 60 percent in four of the five games he played in, and he shot better than 50 percent from deep in three of those five games. He provided instant offense off the bench for the Bulls, and was a key contributor to their run to the championship game.
He averaged 12.4 points in just over 24 minutes a game, shooting 62 percent from the field and 56 percent from deep.