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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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Steven Adams' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - Dec 1, 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.


Steven Adams
Steven Adams
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (8-12) in their last game. Despite Adams' good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (8-12) was edged 99-98 on the road by the Detroit Pistons. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Adams also added 2 blocks in 38 minutes on the court. It was Thunder's third consecutive loss in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Adams' fifth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Adams averages: 12.4ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.2bpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 63.6%(84-132) and FT: 71.4% in 16 games he played so far. He played for the New Zealand senior national team six years ago.

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey, currently plays in Australia). He was not able to help New Zealand Breakers (9-2) in their last game. Despite Pledger's very good performance the league leader New Zealand Breakers were badly defeated 89-73 in Perth by the second-ranked Wildcats. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Pledger also added 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 24 minutes. They ended the series of nine consecutive victories. It's Pledger's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 2FGP: 62.7%(37-59) in 11 games. Ex-Zero Fees Southland Sharks player is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Shea Ili
Shea Ili
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Shea Ili (184-92, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Pledger and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Ili. He was not able to secure a victory for New Zealand Breakers (9-2) in their game against Perth Wildcats (8-3). Ili scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. But the league leader New Zealand Breakers were badly defeated 89-73 in Perth by the second-ranked Wildcats. Ili has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 65.4%. He is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Reuben Te Rangi
Reuben Te Rangi
   #4. Swingman Reuben Te Rangi (198-94, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help Bullets (3-7) in their game against Adelaide 36ers (6-5) in the Australian NBL. Te Rangi scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 19 minutes. Bullets were edged 84-83 in Findon by the higher-ranked (#3) Adelaide 36ers. It was Bullets' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Te Rangi's total stats are: 6.5ppg and 1.6rpg in eight games. He is also New Zealand national team player.

Kirk Penney
Kirk Penney
   #5. An experienced former international swingman Kirk Penney (196-80, agency: Duran International, college: Wisconsin, 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. Penney couldn't help New Zealand Breakers (9-2) in their game against Perth Wildcats (8-3). He scored 7 points. The league leader New Zealand Breakers were badly defeated 89-73 in Perth by the second-ranked Wildcats. This season Penney has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team two years ago.

Finn Delany
Finn Delany
   #6. 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 Kirk Penney (above) in the other team. Delany couldn't help New Zealand Breakers (9-2) in their game against Perth Wildcats (8-3). He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. The league leader New Zealand Breakers were badly defeated 89-73 in Perth by the second-ranked Wildcats. Delany has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 3.1rpg in 11 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #7. International 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 Finn Delany (above) in the other team. Abercrombie couldn't help New Zealand Breakers (9-2) in their game against Perth Wildcats (8-3). He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The league leader New Zealand Breakers were badly defeated 89-73 in Perth by the second-ranked Wildcats. Abercrombie has reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.7bpg. He is also New Zealand national team player.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #8. 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 Thomas Abercrombie (above) in the other team. Vukona couldn't help New Zealand Breakers (9-2) in their game against Perth Wildcats (8-3). He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. The league leader New Zealand Breakers were badly defeated 89-73 in Perth by the second-ranked Wildcats. Vukona has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.9apg in 11 games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Jarrod Kenny
Jarrod Kenny
   #9. International guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85, currently plays in Australia) faced previously mentioned Alex Pledger in the Australian NBL last game. Kenny managed to help Perth Wildcats to win against the league leader New Zealand Breakers (9-2) 89-73. He scored 5 points. Kenny has averaged so far 3.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.1apg. He is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.

Robert Loe
Robert Loe
   #10. 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 couldn't help New Zealand Breakers (9-2) in their game against Perth Wildcats (8-3). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 12 minutes. The league leader New Zealand Breakers were badly defeated 89-73 in Perth by the second-ranked Wildcats. Loe has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 5.1rpg in 11 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

   #11. Former international swingman Dion Prewster (195-90, agency: MKP Management, college: SF Austin, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Uni Baskets in their game against Kirchheim Knights in the German ProA (second division). Prewster scored only 4 points. His team was crushed by 21 points 75-54. Prewster has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Prewster used to play for the New Zealand national team two years ago. He played also for Wellington Exodus Saints in New Zealand league.

   #12. International center Mike Karena (208-93, college: Wright St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Lleida Basquet in their game against Blancos de Rueda in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Karena cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 21 minutes. His team lost 71-81. Karena has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 2.0rpg in four games. He 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) led Boston Celtics to an easy victory against the Orlando Magic (9-13) 118-103 in the NBA last Friday. Baynes recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. The Boston Celtics have a very good 19-4 record this season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Baynes' first year with the team. His overall stats this season are: 5.6ppg and 5.4rpg. Baynes has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand.

   #2. Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Bahrain) led Al-Riffa to a victory over the 11th-ranked Isa Town (2-8) crushing them 91-49 in the Bahrain Premier League last Thursday. Jones was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 16 rebounds. Al-Riffa (6-4) is placed sixth in the Premier League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Jones has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 31.3ppg, 16.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.3bpg and 2.0spg. Jones is a naturalized American. He used to play for McDonalds Manawatu Jets in New Zealand league.   




Orlando
Coleman
JP-Auto Jaszbereny KSE lands Orlando Coleman, ex Southland S. - 5 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 - 6 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 - 6 days ago
Date: August 14, 2018 -- Niasi Malua To Continue Through 2020 As Tonga Men's National Team Managing Director -- The future leadership for the Tonga Basketball Men's National Team was disclosed today when Tonga Basketball Chairman Niasi Malua officially announced that four-time Copa Mitchell Cup Championship and longtime International Head Coach Travis McAvene has been named Head Coach of the Tonga Basketball Men's National Team for the 2018-20 quadrennium. Additionally, Tonga Basketbal...   [read more]


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