American producing the goods for 36ers

Gary Ervin in action for the 36ers against the Sydney Kings.
Gary Ervin in action for the 36ers against the Sydney Kings. Kelly Barnesallstar Photos

His magical steal and lay-up against New Zealand in round six to win the game for the 36ers just before the buzzer will be looked upon as one of the season highlights.

He also shone against Perth in round seven with 22 points, in his side's upset win over the NBL ladder leader.

It is fair to say American star Ervin's move from the Townsville Crocodiles to the South Australian capital was a good one, with him playing no small part in the 36ers sitting comfortably in second place.

But Ervin said he believes he is far from a go-to man at the side that finished bottom last season.

"Everyone's got a confident mindset in this team at the moment," he said.

"We've got five to six guys that are averaging double digits per game, and we can go 10 deep because our depth is so good.

"Even if we have guys who find themselves in foul trouble, we've got a great bench we can call upon."

The 30-year-old singled out 212cm forward/centre Daniel Johnson as being a massive influence on his success in the early part of this season.

"A lot of people talk about (the Sydney Kings') AJ Ogilvy being the best big man in the league, but, in my opinion, we have him here," Ervin said.

The Brooklyn-born talent also said 36ers coach Joey Wright was getting the best out of him and his teammates.

After scoring the buzzer-beater against the NZ Breakers, Ervin sought out Wright. That was because the two-time NBL coach of the year implored someone in his team to step up and make a winning play.

Ervin put his hand up, and delivered.

"Joey's got us playing a great style of basketball, and he's one of the more confident people I've ever been around," Ervin said.

Ervin's form has been so good this season, Adelaide scribes have compared him to Hall of Famer Al Green.

"I've heard so many great things about Al, so it's great to be mentioned in the same breath as a legend around here," Ervin said.

The 36ers beat the last-placed Wollongong Hawks 82-81 in a thriller last Friday night, with Ervin scoring 16 points.

Adelaide takes on the sixth-placed Crocs at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre this Friday night.