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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 15-3 
 2. Nelson G. 14-4 
 3. Southland S. 13-5 
 4. Taylor Hawks 12-6 
 5. Canterbury 8-10 
 6. SC Rangers 4-14 
 7. Manawatu J. 3-15 
 8. Taranaki MA 3-15 

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Daishon KNIGHT
  Manawatu.
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Knight, Manawatu.28.9 
 2. Iverson, Manawatu.23.6 
 3. Jones, SC Rangers23.2 
 4. Ili, Wellington S.22.2 
 5. Douglas, Taranaki.21.6 
 6. Peak, Wellington S.20.1 
 7. Wilson, SC Rangers19.9 
 8. Delany, Nelson G.19.9 
 9. Heuir, Nelson G.19.5 
 10. Adnam, Nelson G.19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kuran IVERSON
  Manawatu.
  (206-F-95)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Iverson, Manawatu.11.1 
 2. Douglas, Taranaki.10.8 
 3. Majok, Wellington S.10.3 
 4. Jones, SC Rangers10.2 
 5. Coleman, Southlan.9.1 
 6. Shepard, Canterbury8.9 
 7. Brandt, Taylor H.8.5 
 8. Delany, Nelson G.7.7 
 9. Washburn, Cante.7.6 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Winston SHEPARD
  Canterbury
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Shepard, Canterbury7.5 
 2. Tait, SC Rangers7.4 
 3. Ili, Wellington S.6.2 
 4. Adnam, Nelson G.5.7 
 5. Kenny, Taylor H.5.5 
 6. Weeks, Southlan.5.5 
 7. ORiley, Taranaki.4.8 
 8. Knight, Manawatu.4.8 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers4.7 
 10. Thames, Canterbury3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Xavier THAMES
  Canterbury
  (191-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thames, Canterbury2.3 
 2. Shepard, Canterbury2.3 
 3. Adnam, Nelson G.2.1 
 4. Iverson, Manawatu.1.8 
 5. Ili, Wellington S.1.8 
 6. Weeks, Southlan.1.8 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers1.6 
 8. Woods, Taranaki MA1.6 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers1.6 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Xavier SMITH
  Taranaki MA
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Smith, Taranaki MA1.7 
 2. Darling, Canterbury1.3 
 3. Jones, SC Rangers0.9 
 4. McRae, Manawatu J.0.9 
 5. Iverson, Manawatu.0.9 
 6. Pledger, Southlan.0.9 
 7. Majok, Wellington S.0.8 
 8. Henry, Wellington S.0.7 
 9. Morgan, Southlan.0.6 
 10. Douglas, Taranaki.0.6 

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Tai Jack Webster selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - Nov 17, 2017


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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of New Zealanders who are currently playing abroad.


Tai Jack Webster
Tai Jack Webster
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Tai Jack Webster (193-95, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Germany). He could not help Deutsche Bank Skyliners (6-3) in their last game. Despite Webster's very good performance Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost 67-75 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Brose Baskets. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Webster also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his first season in pro basketball. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Webster has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.3apg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 61.1%(11-18) and FT: 79.6% in nine games he played so far. Former Advice First Waikato Pistons starter played for the New Zealand senior national team one years ago.

Corey Webster
Corey Webster
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth, currently plays in Israel). He led Ironi Nahariya to a victory over the league outsider Maccabi Haifa (1-5) 83-73 in the Israeli Winner League last Monday. Webster was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Ironi Nahariya (4-2) is placed fourth in the Winner League. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Webster's first year with the team. Webster has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.2apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 35.9%, 3FGP: 43.9% and FT: 89.5%. Webster played for the New Zealand national team in 2016.

Steven Adams
Steven Adams
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in NBA). He was not able to help the Oklahoma City Thunder in their game against the Denver Nuggets (8-6) in the NBA. Adams scored 9 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. But the Oklahoma City Thunder (7-7) lost 94-102 in Denver to the Nuggets. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Adams is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Thunder's roster. He has very impressive stats this season: 12.3ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3bpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 65.2%(58-89) and FT: 76.0% in 11 games. Adams played for the New Zealand national team six years ago.

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #4. Center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a New Zealand Breakers' victory against the closely-ranked Perth Wildcats (6-3) 88-82 in the Australian NBL in Sunday night's game. He scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. New Zealand Breakers (8-1) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Pledger's first season with the team. Pledger's overall stats this year are: 8.1ppg and 5.9rpg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2014.

Kirk Penney
Kirk Penney
   #5. Former international swingman Kirk Penney (196-80, agency: Duran International, college: Wisconsin, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Penney was the major contributor in a New Zealand Breakers' victory against the closely-ranked Perth Wildcats (6-3) 88-82. He scored 17 points in 23 minutes. This year Penney has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg in seven games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team two years ago.

Reuben Te Rangi
Reuben Te Rangi
   #6. Swingman Reuben Te Rangi (198-94, currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Bullets (3-5) in their last game. Despite Te Rangi's very good performance Bullets lost 85-90 at home to the second-ranked Perth Wildcats. He recorded 16 points (made all of his six free throws) in only a mere 14 minutes. This year Te Rangi averages only 6.2ppg in six games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu
   #7. International forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, college: Hawaii, currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help ratiopharm Ulm (2-4) in their game against Tofas (4-2) in the Eurocup. Fotu scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. ratiopharm Ulm was badly defeated 100-84 in Bursa by the second-ranked Tofas. It was ratiopharm Ulm's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Fotu's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg and 4.0rpg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team last year.

Shea Ili
Shea Ili
   #8. Guard Shea Ili (184-92, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger. But that was another game of his team in Australian NBL which we would like to mention. Ili helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the closely-ranked Perth Wildcats (6-3) 88-84. He scored 13 points in a mere 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. New Zealand Breakers (8-1) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Ili has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.6apg in nine games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #9. International center Mika Vukona (197-82, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Kirk Penney (above) in the other team. Vukona helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the closely-ranked Perth Wildcats (6-3) 88-82. He scored 6 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Vukona's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.1apg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team last year.

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #10. Forward Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Shea Ili (above) in the other team. Abercrombie helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the closely-ranked Perth Wildcats (6-3) 88-84. He scored 7 points in 27 minutes. Abercrombie averaged so far 12.2ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2bpg in nine games. He is international player as one years ago he still played for the New Zealand senior national team.

   #11. International forward Robert Loe (211-91, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Mika Vukona (above) in the other team. Loe managed to help New Zealand Breakers to win against the closely-ranked Perth Wildcats 88-82. He scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Loe's overall stats this season are: 4.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team last year.

   #12. International forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Thomas Abercrombie (above) in the other team. Delany helped New Zealand Breakers win their game against the closely-ranked Perth Wildcats 88-84. He scored 6 points in only 10 minutes. This year Delany's overall stats are: 3.7ppg and 3.0rpg in nine games. He is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.

   #13. Former international guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85, currently plays in Australia) faced previously mentioned Alex Pledger in the Australian NBL last game. Kenny couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Perth Wildcats in their game against New Zealand Breakers. He scored 5 points. His team were defeated 88-82. Kenny's total stats this season are: 2.9ppg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team two years ago.

   #14. International power forward Tohi Smith-Milner (206-95, college: Polk State CC, currently plays in Australia) helped United win their game against the league outsider Kings 108-90 in the Australian NBL on Saturday night. Smith-Milner scored only 3 points in 1 minutes on the court. This year Smith-Milner averages just 2.0ppg in three games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

   #15. International center Mike Karena (208-93, college: Wright St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Lleida Basquet in their game against Oviedo CB in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Karena scored only 4 points. It was his first game for Lleida Basquet this season. His team was defeated 80-74. Karena used to play for the New Zealand national team last year.


The list of other players, who all have New Zealand passport but never been selected to any of New Zealand national teams:

   #1. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) managed to help Boston Celtics to win against the Charlotte Hornets (5-8) 90-87 in the NBA on Friday night. Baynes recorded only 4 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. The Boston Celtics have a very solid 14-2 record this season. It was his team's 14th consecutive victory in a row. Baynes' overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand.

   #2. Simon Bennett (188-G-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Grevenbroich's victory against the fourth-ranked Hertener Loewen (7-3) 98-91 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. He scored only 3 points in 5 minutes on the court. BSG Grevenbroich (9-1) is placed second in West group. Bennett has been at the team for six years. This season Bennett's total stats are: 2.6ppg and 1.3rpg in 10 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: New Zealand and German.   




Orlando
Coleman
JP-Auto Jaszbereny KSE lands Orlando Coleman, ex Southland S. - 4 days ago
ORLANDO COLEMAN JP-Auto Jaszbereny KSE (A Division) landed 25-year old American forward Orlando Coleman (196-95kg-92, college: Texas Southern). He played in the summer at SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks in New Zealand NBL league. In 19 games he averaged impressive 17.7ppg, 9.1rpg (#5 in the league), 2.3apg and 1.1spg. Coleman helped them to win the league title. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Honorable Mention an...   [read more]

Daishon
Knight
Daishon Knight (ex Manawatu J.) signs at Academik Plovdiv - 5 days ago
DAISHON KNIGHT Akademik Bultex 99 Plovdiv (NBL) landed 27-year old American guard Daishon Knight (185-86kg-91, college: Illinois State). He played in the summer at Manawatu Jets in New Zealand NBL league. Knight managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 18 NBL games he averaged impressive 28.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 4.8apg and 1.2spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL 1st Team, All-Imports Team a...   [read more]

Travis
McAvene
Travis McAvene Named 2018-20 Tonga National Team Head Coach - 5 days ago
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