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NBL Standings
 1. Wellington S. 14-2 
 2. Nelson G. 12-3 
 3. Southland S. 12-4 
 4. Taylor Hawks 9-6 
 5. Canterbury 8-9 
 6. Taranaki MA 3-13 
 7. Manawatu J. 3-13 
 8. SC Rangers 3-14 
Full Standings

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Daishon KNIGHT
  Avg: 29.2
 1. Knight, Manawatu.29.2 
 2. Iverson, Manawatu.24.0 
 3. Ili, Wellington S.23.1 
 4. Jones, SC Rangers22.4 
 5. Douglas, Taranaki.21.6 
 6. Delany, Nelson G.20.2 
 7. Adnam, Nelson G.20.2 
 8. Wilson, SC Rangers19.9 
 9. Thames, Canterbury19.6 
 10. Peak, Wellington S.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Iverson, Manawatu.11.4 
 2. Majok, Wellington S.11.1 
 3. Douglas, Taranaki.10.8 
 4. Jones, SC Rangers10.3 
 5. Coleman, Southlan.9.6 
 6. Shepard, Canterbury8.9 
 7. Delany, Nelson G.8.3 
 8. Brandt, Taylor H.8.3 
 9. Washburn, Cante.7.8 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Winston SHEPARD
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Shepard, Canterbury7.7 
 2. Tait, SC Rangers7.5 
 3. Adnam, Nelson G.6.5 
 4. Ili, Wellington S.6.3 
 5. Weeks, Southlan.5.9 
 6. Kenny, Taylor H.5.5 
 7. ORiley, Taranaki.4.9 
 8. Knight, Manawatu.4.9 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers4.6 
 10. Thames, Canterbury3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Winston SHEPARD
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Shepard, Canterbury2.4 
 2. Thames, Canterbury2.3 
 3. Adnam, Nelson G.2.2 
 4. Delany, Nelson G.1.8 
 5. Iverson, Manawatu.1.8 
 6. Weeks, Southlan.1.8 
 7. Woods, Taranaki MA1.7 
 8. Boucher, SC Rangers1.6 
 9. Tait, SC Rangers1.6 
 10. Burton, Taranaki.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Xavier SMITH
  Taranaki MA
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Smith, Taranaki MA1.7 
 2. Darling, Canterbury1.4 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.1.1 
 4. Iverson, Manawatu.1.1 
 5. Jones, SC Rangers0.9 
 6. McRae, Manawatu J.0.9 
 7. Henry, Wellington S.0.8 
 8. Majok, Wellington S.0.7 
 9. Skeen, Taylor H.0.6 
 10. Smith-Milner, Nelson G.0.6 


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Round 12 (Regular Season)

Wellington S 79% Jul.23 Canterbury
Taylor Hawks 81% Jul.22 Manawatu J.
Nelson G. 50% Jul.21 Wellington S
Mitchell Newton's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - Jun 23, 2017

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We bring you last week's top performances from New Zealanders who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Mitchell Newton
Mitchell Newton
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Mitchell Newton (200-95, currently plays in Australia). He led Bandits to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Tigers (3-8) crushing them 107-80 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Newton had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. Albury Wodonga Bandits (8-7) are placed fifth in SEABL-East group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Newton has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 90.9%(30-33) in 14 games he played so far. Newton played for the New Zealand senior national team two years ago.

   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Dyson King-Hawea (200-92, currently plays in Australia). King-Hawea contributed to Spectres' victory against the seventh-ranked Frankston Blues (4-12) 91-82 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 6 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Nunawading Spectres (13-3) are placed first in SEABL-East group. King-Hawea's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 59.7%(37-62), 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 85.7%. He played for the New Zealand national team in 2014.

Tohi Smith-Milner
Tohi Smith-Milner
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Tohi Smith-Milner (206-95, college: Polk State CC, currently plays in Australia) faced previously mentioned Dyson King-Hawea in the Australian State League last game. Smith-Milner. He could not help Frankston Blues (4-12) in their last game. Despite Smith-Milner's good performance the seventh-placed Frankston Blues (4-12) lost 82-91 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Spectres in the SEABL-South group. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Smith-Milner's overall stats are: 7.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 32.0%, 3FGP: 21.7% in five games. Former Canterbury Rams starter played for the New Zealand national team three years ago.

   #4. Power forward Dennis Tawhiti (198-90, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Eagles in their game against Wanneroo (13-5) in the Australian State League (second division). He recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. his team were edged 90-88 in Joondalup by the lower-ranked Wanneroo (#3) in the SBL group. Tawhiti's total stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2013.

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

   #1. Zeke Meehl (181-G-88, currently plays in Australia) led Sunshine CR to a 3-point victory over the 12th-ranked Maroochydore Clippers (2-5) 88-85 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Meehl recorded 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Sunshine Coast Rip (5-1) is placed fifth in QBL group. Meehl's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: New Zealand and Australian.

   #2. Zac Carter (203-F/G-89, currently plays in Australia). Carter could not help Brisbane Capitals (6-1) to beat Logan Thunder (144-1). He recorded 7 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 37 minutes. The third-placed Brisbane Capitals (6-1) were edged 98-95 on the road by the leading Logan Thunder in the QBL group. It was Brisbane Capitals' first loss after six consecutive victories. Carter has relatively good stats this year: 14.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.0apg in five games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: New Zealand and Australian.

Other top New Zealand players, who play abroad:

Aron Baynes (208-C-86) plays for Detroit Pistons in the NBA
Steven Adams (213-C/F-93) plays for Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA
Isaac Fotu (203-F-93) plays for Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa
Thomas Abercrombie (198-F-87) plays for Demir IBB in Turkish BSL
Kirk Penney (196-G/F-80) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Robert Loe (211-F-91) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Mika Vukona (197-C-82) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Mike Karena (208-C-93) plays for Lleida Basquet in Spanish LEB Gold
Thomas Giles (180-G-88) plays for Norths Soul Sports Bears in Australian State League
James Paringatai (201-F-86) plays for Buccaneers in Australian State League
Isaac Smith (196-F/C) plays for Buccaneers in Australian State League

Notice: The list above includes only some of the New Zealand playing currently abroad. Go to New Zealand Abroad Page to see completed list.  

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