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NBL Standings
 1. Nelson G. 5-2 
 2. Southland S. 5-2 
 3. Canterbury 4-1 
 4. Wellington S. 4-1 
 5. Taylor Hawks 4-2 
 6. Taranaki MA 2-4 
 7. Manawatu J. 1-6 
 8. SC Rangers 0-7 
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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 28
 1. Ili, Wellington S.28.0 
 2. Iverson, Manawatu.24.1 
 3. Shepard, Canterbury23.6 
 4. Knight, Manawatu.22.9 
 5. Thames, Canterbury22.0 
 6. Jones, SC Rangers21.3 
 7. Wilson, SC Rangers20.8 
 8. Heuir, Nelson G.20.4 
 9. Douglas, Taranaki.20.2 
 10. Peak, Wellington S.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Winston SHEPARD
  Canterbury
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Shepard, Canterbury11.6 
 2. Douglas, Taranaki.10.2 
 3. Majok, Wellington S.9.6 
 4. Iverson, Manawatu.8.6 
 5. Coleman, Southlan.8.5 
 6. Delany, Nelson G.8.4 
 7. Jones, SC Rangers8.3 
 8. Pledger, Southlan.8.1 
 9. Smith, Taranaki MA7.7 
 10. Washburn, Cante.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Ili, Wellington S.8.2 
 2. Tait, SC Rangers8.0 
 3. Adnam, Nelson G.6.7 
 4. Knight, Manawatu.6.6 
 5. Shepard, Canterbury6.4 
 6. ORiley, Taranaki.5.5 
 7. Weeks, Southlan.5.1 
 8. Thames, Canterbury4.6 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.3.8 
 10. Morgan, Southlan.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Winston SHEPARD
  Canterbury
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Shepard, Canterbury3.0 
 2. Thames, Canterbury2.8 
 3. Adnam, Nelson G.2.6 
 4. Iverson, Manawatu.2.0 
 5. Woods, Taranaki MA2.0 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers2.0 
 7. Dempster, Nelson G.1.7 
 8. Ili, Wellington S.1.6 
 9. Kenny, Taylor H.1.5 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Xavier SMITH
  Taranaki MA
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Smith, Taranaki MA1.5 
 2. Darling, Canterbury1.4 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.1.4 
 4. Scott, SC Rangers1.0 
 5. McRae, Manawatu J.1.0 
 6. Iverson, Manawatu.1.0 
 7. Jones, SC Rangers0.8 
 8. Henry, Wellington S.0.8 
 9. Morgan, Southlan.0.8 
 10. Smith-Milner, Nelson G.0.7 

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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.   




Corey
Webster
Webster comes back to Breakers - 2 days ago
COREY WEBSTER New Zealand Breakers (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old New Zealander international guard Corey Webster (188-90kg-88, college: Lambuth, agency: Alti Sport). It is actually his comeback to New Zealand Breakers as he has played here before. Webster played last season at played at Ironi Nahariya in Israeli Winner League. In 23 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. The p...   [read more]

Kuran
Iverson
Iverson's 38-point game gives him Interperformances Player of the Week award - 4 days ago
KURAN IVERSON 22-year old forward Kuran Iverson (206-F-95) had a great game in the last round for Manawatu J. and receives a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 4. He had the game-high 38 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Manawatu J. as his team was edged out by Nelson G. (#3, 4-2) 87-85. Manawatu J. maintains the 7th position in New Zealand league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 5 games and recorded jus...   [read more]

Alex Pledger
NBL Round 4 of Regular Season - 5 days ago
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games. Here is the last round review presented by ESL. Second defeat of league's leader Hawks (4-2) against fourth ranked Sharks (4-2) 104-74 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Sharks made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Hawks turno...   [read more]


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