Bogut wins NBL Most Valuable Player award

Sydney's Andrew Bogut believes his less measurable impact on court helped him win the NBL's Most Valuable Player Award for the 2018-19 season.

The Kings star was awarded the Andrew Gaze Trophy at the NBL gala dinner in Melbourne on Sunday night.

Also voted the NBL's defender of the year and named in the league's five-man starting team, Bogut has been outstanding for Sydney coach Gaze in his first season back in Australia after a stellar NBA career.

Bogut received 83 votes, six more than second-placed Melbourne United point guard Casper Ware, while Perth Wildcats shooting guard Bryce Cotton was third on 65.

The 2.13m tall centre paid tribute to his rivals, saying he would have given the gong to one them due to their superior point-scoring abilities.

Bogut says perhaps the voters appreciated his less measureable impact on court.

"I know I'm not a top-scoring guy in every game, but I try to impact games in different ways, so I appreciate everybody who voted," the Kings star said.

"Maybe seeing those things is not always on a stat sheet for me, so that's why I didn't really think I had a great chance to win it to quite honest with you."

The 34-year-old said his first season back in the NBL had been "shockingly physical" compared to the NBA and he thanked his teammates for understanding how challenging it had been for him.

"I got to thank you guys for believing in me, knowing that I don't practice a whole lot these days, and just knowing that I'll be there on the weekend to back you guys up, and I really appreciate that," Bogut said.

In other awards, Melbourne United coach Dean Vickerman won the Lindsay Gaze Trophy for coach of the year.

Adelaide 36ers star Harry Froling was named rookie of the year and Brisbane Bullets star Reuben TeRangi won the most improved player award.

Bogut had earlier courted controversy after a strange prank involving his Sydney Kings understudy Dane Pinaeu accepting his defender of the year award on his behalf.

The 24-year-old made an awkward speech poking fun at Bogut's cockiness.

"It's incredible to get this award, it means not only am I really good defensive player, it means I'm the best defensive player in the whole league ... it means I'm good at five on five, four on four, three on three, two on two and one on one. I'm the best, I would put 10k on it," Pineau said.

When asked about the stunt later Bogut said he would make it up to the NBL.

"I don't think the NBL is too happy with me at the moment but we will kiss and make up later," he added.