2013–14 NBL Canada season

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2013–14 NBL Canada season
League National Basketball League of Canada
Sport Basketball
Duration November 2013 – March 2014 (regular season)
Number of teams 9
Total attendance 269,345
(1,947 per game)
Draft
Top draft pick Alex Johnson (NC State)
Picked by Ottawa SkyHawks
Playoffs
Atlantic champions Island Storm
  Atlantic runners-up Halifax Rainmen
Central champions Windsor Express
  Central runners-up London Lightning
Finals
Champions Windsor Express
  Runners-up Island Storm
Finals MVP Stefan Bonneau (Windsor Express)
NBL Canada seasons

The 2013–14 NBL Canada season was the third season of the National Basketball League of Canada. The regular season began on November 1, 2013.[1] The regular season ended on Friday, February 28, 2014, and the playoffs began on Sunday, March 2, 2014 and ended on Thursday, April 17, 2014 with the Windsor Express defeating the Island Storm in seven games to win the 2014 NBLC Finals.[2]

Offseason[edit]

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 2012–13 season 2013–14 season
Halifax Rainmen Rob Spon Chris Terrell
Mississauga Power Larry Blunt Fred Grannum
Saint John Mill Rats David Cooper Rob Spon
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Halifax Rainmen Chris Terrell Craig Hodges
Mississauga Power Fred Grannum David Joseph
Ottawa SkyHawks Kevin Keathley Jaren Jackson

Following the conclusion of the 2012-13 NBL Canada season, the Oshawa Power relocated to Mississauga, Ontario, and were renamed the Mississauga Power. The 2013–14 NBL Canada season also featured expansion to two new locations: Ottawa, and Brampton. During preseason, another team announced its relocation, the Summerside Storm moving to Charlottetown, PEI. It was announced that the Storm name would be retained. In early August, the league's Board of Governors announced the Jazz would sit out the season due to failure of securing new ownership from the league.[3]

Coaching changes[edit]

Offseason[edit]

On August 6, 2013, the Halifax Rainmen hired Chris Terrell as head coach.[4]

On August 12, 2013, the St. John Mill Rats hired Rob Spon as head coach.[5]

On August 16, 2013, the Mississauga Power hired Fred Grannum as head coach.[6]

Draft[edit]

Main article: 2013 NBL Canada draft

The 2013 NBL Canada draft took place on August 19 at the Hilton Suites Conference Centre & Spa in Markham, Ontario. The Ottawa SkyHawks made league history by drafting Alex Johnson of NC State, the first Canadian to ever be drafted with the first pick in the NBLC draft.[7]

Regular Season[edit]

The regular season began on November 1, 2013 and concluded on February 28, 2014. The number of games played by each team remains 40, similar to the prior season.

Standings[edit]

Statistics leaders[edit]

Individual statistic leaders[edit]

Individual game highs[edit]

Category Player Statistics
Points Nick Okorie 41
Rebounds Tim Parham 22
Assists Stefan Bonneau 17
Steals Jujuan Cooley 7
Three Pointers Adrian Moss 7
Greg Plummer
Ryan Anderson
Johnny Mayhane
Anthony Anderson
Blocks Elvin Mims 7

Team statistic leaders[edit]

Category Team Statistics
Points per game Brampton A's 106.0
Rebounds per game Moncton Miracles 52.6
Assists per game Mississauga Power 23.0
Steals per game Island Storm 9.8
Blocks per game London Lightning 4.7
Turnovers per game London Lightning 15.7
Fouls per game Mississauga Power 24.2
FG% Saint John Mill Rats 45.7%
FT% Saint John Mill Rats 76.8%
3FG% Saint John Mill Rats 37.4%
+/- Windsor Express 5.3

Awards[edit]

Players of the week[edit]

The following players were named the NBL Canada Players of the Week.

Week Player of the Week Ref.
01Nov. 1 – Nov. 3 Bonneau, StefanStefan Bonneau (Windsor Express) (1/2) [8]
01Nov. 4 – Nov. 10 Robinson, StanleyStanley Robinson (Moncton Miracles) (1/1) [9]
01Nov. 11 – Nov. 17 Herring, DougDoug Herring (Saint John Mill Rats) (1/1) [10]
01Nov. 18 – Nov. 24 Johnson, CavellCavell Johnson (Brampton A's) (1/2) [11]
01Nov. 25 – Dec. 1 Mims, ElvinElvin Mims (London Lightning) (1/1) [12]
01Dec. 2 – Dec. 8 Ballard, AntonioAntonio Ballard (Island Storm) (1/2) [13]
01Dec. 9 – Dec. 15 Parham, TimTim Parham (Halifax Rainmen) (1/1) [14]
01Dec. 16 – Dec. 22 Williamson, GarrettGarrett Williamson (London Lightning) (1/3) [15]
01Dec. 23 – Dec. 29 Anderson, RyanRyan Anderson (Ottawa SkyHawks) (1/1) [16]
01Dec. 30 – Jan. 5 Mayhane, JohnnyJohnny Mayhane (Moncton Miracles) (1/1) [17]
01Jan. 6 – Jan. 12 Williamson, GarrettGarrett Williamson (London Lightning) (2/3) [18]
01Jan. 13 – Jan. 19 Anderson, AnthonyAnthony Anderson (Saint John Mill Rats) (1/1) [19]
01Jan. 20 – Jan. 26 Ballard, AntonioAntonio Ballard (Island Storm) (2/2) [20]
01Jan. 27 – Feb. 2 Lewis, MorganMorgan Lewis (Mississauga Power) (1/1) [21]
01Feb. 3 – Feb. 9 Bonneau, StefanStefan Bonneau (Windsor Express) (2/2) [22]
01Feb. 10 – Feb. 16 Tubbs, JustinJustin Tubbs (Ottawa SkyHawks) (1/1) [23]
01Feb. 17 – Feb. 23 Williamson, GarrettGarrett Williamson (London Lightning) (3/3) [24]
01Feb. 24 – Feb. 28 Johnson, CavellCavell Johnson (Brampton A's) (2/2) [25]

Coach of the month[edit]

The following coaches were named the NBL Canada Coaches of the Month.

Month Coach of the Month Ref.
01November Magley, DavidDavid Magley (Brampton A's) (1/1) [26]
01December Jones, BillBill Jones (Windsor Express) (1/1) [27]
01January Spon, RobRob Spon (Saint John Mill Rats) (1/1) [28]
01February Jackson, JarenJaren Jackson (Ottawa SkyHawks) (1/1) [29]

Playoffs[edit]

NBL Canada designed and presented a logo for the 2014 playoffs.
The 2014 playoffs logo as presented by NBL Canada.

The NBL Canada Championship Playoffs format has changed after the 2013 expansion. Initially, the first 4 teams out of 5 in each division would qualify. After the Jazz withdrawal from the season, this posed the problem of having all 4 teams in the Atlantic Division be already qualified. Although nothing has been announced officially by the league, some newspapers wrote that indeed all 4 teams in Atlantic will qualify, as well as the first 3 teams in Central. Teams 4 and 5 in the Central Division will play a wild card game for playoff access.

Division Semifinals Division Finals NBL Canada Finals
                 
1 Saint John* 1
4 Halifax 3
4 Halifax 2
Atlantic Division
2 Island 4
2 Island 3
3 Moncton 1
2 Island 3
1 Windsor 4
1 Windsor* 3
5 Mississauga 0
1 Windsor 4
Central Division
3 London 3
2 Brampton 2
3 London 3

* Division winner
Bold Series winner

Wild card series[edit]

(4) Ottawa SkyHawks vs. (5) Mississauga Power

March 2
2:00 pm
Ottawa SkyHawks 100, Mississauga Power 103


Notable occurrences[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 Schedule". NBL Canada. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Windsor Express Crowned 2014 Champions". NBL Canada. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Montreal Jazz to Sit Out 2013-2014 Season". NBL Canada. August 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rainmen Announce New Head Coach". Halifax Rainmen. August 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mill Rats Return Rob Spon". NBLCanada.com. August 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Power Announces Fred Grannum as Head Coach". NBLCanada.com. August 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "2013 National Basketball League of Canada Draft - NC State’s Alex Johnson #1 pick". BallIsLife.com. August 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Week ending November 3, 2013". NBLCanada.com. November 4, 2013. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Week ending November 10, 2013". NBLCanada.com. November 10, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Saint John's Doug Herring named NBL Canada's player of the week!". NBLCanada.com. November 17, 2013. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Cavell Johnson (Brampton A's) named NBL Player of the Week". NBLCanada.com. November 24, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Week ending December 1, 2013". NBLCanada.com. December 1, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Antonio Ballard named NBL Canada Player of the Week". NBLCanada.com. December 9, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ "NBL Canada Player of the week - Tim Parham". NBLCanada.com. December 15, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Garrett Williamson named NBL Canada Player of the Week". NBLCanada.com. December 23, 2013. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  16. ^ "NBL Canada Player of the Week - Ryan Anderson". NBLCanada.com. December 29, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Johnny Mayhane named NBL Player of the Week". NBLCanada.com. January 5, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Garrett Williamson named Player of the Week". NBLCanada.com. January 12, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Anthony Anderson named NBL Canada Player of the Week". NBLCanada.com. January 19, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Antonio Ballard named Player of the Week". NBLCanada.com. January 27, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Morgan Lewis named Player of the Week". NBLCanada.com. February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Windsor's Stefan Bonneau wins Player of the Week". NBLCanada.com. February 10, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Justin Tubbs named Player of the Week". NBLCanada.com. February 16, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Garrett Williamson earns third NBL Canada Player of the Week". NBLCanada.com. February 23, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Cavell Johnson named Player of the Week". NBLCanada.com. February 28, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  26. ^ "David Magley Named NBL Canada Coach of the Month". BramptonAs.ca. December 1, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Windsor Express' Bill Jones named NBL Canada Coach of the Month". NBLCanada.com. January 1, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Saint John's Rob Spon named Coach of the Month". NBLCanada.com. January 31, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Jaren Jackson named Coach of the Month". NBLCanada.com. February 28, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Montreal Jazz to Sit Out 2013-2014 Season". NBL Canada. August 5, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Power goes out in Oshawa". DurhamRegion.com. May 1, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Summerside Storm making the move to Charlottetown". CBC.ca. July 7, 2013. 
  33. ^ "NBL CANADA EXPANSION NOW OPEN FOR 2014-15 - INCLUDING THE WEST". NBLCanada.com. September 3, 2013. 
  34. ^ "NBL Canada Welcomes Commissioner Paul Riley". NBLCanada.com. September 18, 2013. 
  35. ^ "The Mississauga Power Release Head Coach Fred Grannum". PowerBasketball.ca. November 19, 2013. 
  36. ^ "Miracles vs. Rainmen Game Cut Short". NBLCanada.com. November 21, 2013. 
  37. ^ "Lightning game rescheduled for later date". NBLCanada.com. November 24, 2013. 
  38. ^ "Ottawa SkyHawks Announce New Head Coach". OttawaSkyHawks.com. November 25, 2013. 
  39. ^ "Rainmen fire head coach". TheChronicleHerald.ca. November 27, 2013. 
  40. ^ "Rainmen introduce Craig Hodges as new interim Head Coach". NBLCanada.com. December 4, 2013. 
  41. ^ "Storm Game Cancelled Due to Storm". MiraclesBasketball.ca. December 10, 2013. 
  42. ^ "Impending snow forces postponement of Island Storm game". TheGuardian.pe.ca. December 14, 2013. 
  43. ^ "Brampton's Dec. 23rd game vs. Halifax Rainmen Cancelled". NBLCanada.com. December 21, 2013. 
  44. ^ "Game postponed due to inclement weather". MillRatsBasketball.ca. December 22, 2013. 
  45. ^ "Victory "In The Cards" For Express". WindsorExpress.ca. January 15, 2014. 
  46. ^ "SkyHawks playing two games at Cegep this season". OttawaSkyHawks.com. January 17, 2014. 
  47. ^ "Windsor Sets Mark In Double OT Victory". WindsorExpress.ca. February 15, 2014. 

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