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Mika Vukona Reflects on His Time

With the 2016/17 NBL regular season rapidly running out of time and games to be played, it is appropriate that we hear from club legend Mika Vukona as he looks back over his time with the club and the journey that the SKYCITY Breakers have been... Read More

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Mika Vukona Reflects on His Time

With the 2016/17 NBL regular season rapidly running out of time and games to be played, it is appropriate that we hear... Read More

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Breakers Imports Gelling at the Right Time as Play-Off Push Intensifies

The SKYCITY Breakers are not changing their formula, win or lose they tend not to get carried away by the highs and... Read More

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Travel to the Game: Sunday 22nd January

Travel to the game is easy and included in your game day ticket. Simply show your game day ticket or Members card on... Read More

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Breakers in Stunning Comeback in Brisbane

The SKYCITY Breakers won a thriller in Brisbane tonight, defeating the Brisbane Bullets 84-82 thanks to a tremendous... Read More

Next Home Game: Jan 22nd vs. Perth Wildcats

Spend your Sunday with the Boys! We’re back at Vector Arena this week to meet the Perth Wildcats on Sunday 22nd... Read More

Player Profiles

  • DOB 02/06/87 Hometown New Orleans Position Swingman Height 2.05m College University of Illinois - Chicago

    Paul Carter

    Swingman

    #45

    Carter comes to the SKYCITY Breakers after playing professionally in France, as well as two years in the D-League before he most recently found himself on a short-term injury cover contract in Germany.

    “I have an all-round game, a great IQ for the game which a lot of the guys here already have which is great. I bring good energy, length, I am coachable and will do whatever needs to be done to help the team.” – Paul Carter

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  • DOB 15/10/89 Hometown Flossmoor, Illinois, United States Position Point Guard Height 1.83m High School Homewood-Flossmoor High School College Southern Illinois University Pro Career Cholet Basket, Apollon Patras, Antwerp Giants & Antwerp Giants

    Kevin Dillard

    Point Guard

    #43

    Originally from Chicago and out of Southern Illinois and the University of Dayton (two years at each), Dillard is a well-travelled player, who of late has been picked up by clubs chasing championships, so the move to the Breakers is not completely foreign to him.

     

    Kevin Dillard has just finished playing in France for a month last year and then moved to Greece for the remainder of the season. But when his team missed out on the post-season there Dillard was picked up by Antwerp for the play-offs and this year started playing in Turkey.

     

    “I am a guy that loves the game, I love to win and I fight for everything, with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. I like pressure situations, that brings the best out in me. I am a beast from the beginning of the game but pressure makes me even better.” – Kevin Dillard

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  • Rob Loe

    Power Forward/Centre

    #15

    English born, but Kiwi raised Rob Loe (24-year-old) attended Westlake Boys High School where he was named twice as the ASB College Sport Basketballer of the Year. Loe’s early success and recognition was just a sign of things to come.

    Loe is no stranger to the club having spent time in the Breakers Academy and Development before heading over to the United States on scholarship to St Louis. Loe starred for three years before graduating and eventually moving to play professionally in Greece and then last season in Belgium. Also, since the age of 18 Loe has been a fixture in the national Tall Black team.

    The power forward/ centre stands at 211cm tall ( 6’11”) but is equally as comfortable shooting the three  which offers Henare options in the four and five spots with the potential for the Breakers to go ‘big’ with Loe able to partner 7 foot centre Alex Pledger on the floor.

    Pro Career

    2014-2015  KAOD (Greece)

    2015-2016 Limburg United (Belgium)

    2016 – NZ Breakers

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  • Akil Mitchell

    Forward

    #25

    The 206cm (6’9”) tall 24 year old is a native of Charlotte North Carolina and comes to the Breakers following a stellar College career at Virginia, working with respected Head Coach and former North Harbour player and coach Tony Bennett, a two time winner of the prestigious Henry Iba Award for the nation’s top coach as voted by the USBWA.

    Undrafted in 2014, Mitchell has since spent time with the Houston Rockets (NBA Summer League), Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBA Development League), the Brooklyn Nets (2015 NBA Summer League) before heading to France with Olympique Antibes for the 2015/16 season. In 49 games for the Vipers he averaged 9.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

     

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  • DOB 12/8/1995 Hometown Nelson Position Forward Height 198cm High School Nelson College College Otago University Pro Career Nelson Giants & NZ Breakers Hobbies Beach, swimming & golf. Idol Growing Up Phill Jones & Mika Vukona

    Finn Delany

    Forward

    #3

    Small Foward

    Despite being just 20 years of age Finn Delany has already played 47 games over three seasons for the Nelson Giants in the New Zealand NBL. Prior to returning home to play with his Giants team, Delany played the 2014-15 season at SW Baptist University in America. An eager student and a great athlete, Delany joins the SKYCITY Breakers full-time player roster following his season last year as a Development player. Look for Head Coach Henare to further upskill the long limbed Delany into a versatile player who can switch between the 3 and 4 spot, with defending a variety of opponents already a string in the bow of this promising young player.

     

     

     

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  • DOB 6.10.92 Hometown Auckland Position Guard Height 183 cm High School Onehunga High School Pro Career Auckland Pirates, Supercity Rangers, Southland Sharkes & Breakers Development Hobbies Rugby Idol Growing Up Joe

    Shea Ili

    Guard

    #4

     

     

    Shea joins the SKYCITY Breakers full-time roster for the 2016/17 season having previously played two seasons as a Development player. During that time Ili showed his readiness for a fulltime contract, as he was called upon to play key minutes during the Breakers post-season run, earning the faith of then Head Coach Dean Vickerman on the back of outstanding practice form and attitude.

    An outstanding defender and a developing leader, 23 year old Ili was a key figure alongside former Breakers Tai Wesley and Duane Bailey for the Southland Sharks, as they lifted the 2015 New Zealand NBL championship. He averaged 9.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists for the Sharks in that campaign. Ili has more recently moved to the Wellington Saints to continue playing under former Breaker’s point guard Kevin Braswell. In July 2015 he made his international debut for the New Zealand Tall Blacks while on tour in the build up to the Oceania Series.

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  • DOB 23/11/1980 Hometown Auckland Position Shooting Guard Height 196cm High School Westlake College Wisconsin

    Kirk Penney

    Shooting Guard

    #6

    Kirk Penney is a favourite son of the North Shore and one of the country’s all-time great players, one of just three to appear in the NBA during his storied career that has taken him to the highs of the NBL (winning the Championship with the Breakers in 2011), the top leagues of Europe and of course those looks at the NBA. Penney’s name adorns the club honours board many times from his first stint from 2007 to 2011 and he has lost none of his scoring touch, finishing second in league scoring when playing for Illawarra in 2015/16. Highlights in a long career include playing on the famous 2002 Tall Blacks team that finished 4th at the World Championships and finishing as the tournament’s second highest scorer at the 2010 FIBA World Championships (24.7 ppg). The shooting guard now looks to repeat past success as he returns home to the SKYCITY Breakers on a three year deal.

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  • DOB 7.3.93 Hometown Porirua Position Forward Height 196cm High School Mana College College BYU Hawaii Pro Career Welington Saints, Palmy Jets, Breakers Development Hobbies Movies, Sleep, Chill & more Basketball Idol Growing Up My Mum

    Jordan Ngatai

    Forward

    #20

    Jordan returns for his second season as a Development player with the SKYCITY Breakers. Prior to joining the Breakers Jordan had a year plaving NCAA college basketball at BYU Hawaii. Played New Zealand NBL basketball in 2015 for Manawatu Jets. After being sidelined early in the season due to injury he finished the campaign strongly averaging 13.5 points and 5.3 rebounds. Debuted for the New Zealand Tall Blacks in 2013.

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  • DOB 5/7/1987 Hometown Auckland Position Swingman Height 198cm High School Westlake College Washington State Pro Career NZ Breakers Hobbies Playstation, Surfing & Fishing Idol Growing Up Reggie Miller

    Tom Abercrombie

    Swingman

    #10

     

    Now in his ninth season with the club, 28 year old Abercrombie has progressed from Development player to one of the premier players in the NBL. One of three team members to have played in all four Championship winning teams for the SKYCITY Breakers, he was named MVP of the 2011 Finals Series. Abercrombie led the Breakers scoring (19 points) in game two of the 2015 Grand Final victory against Cairns Taipans. A product of the North Shore, Abercrombie is one of the most athletic players in the league and can dominate in the paint in getting to the rim, his elevated jump shot is ‘undefendable’ while he can also light it up from deep, consistently putting up some of the most accurate long range shooting in the league. Abercrombie’s numbers are a reflection of a long and successful career, even for a player who is only just reaching his prime. He is just a basketball focused player though, he is studying towards a Bachelor of Science at Massey University when not playing hoops here or in Europe during the off-season.

    Club Statistics;

    224 Appearances – third all time

    171 Blocked Shots – second all time

    2,667 Points – first all time

    1029 Rebounds – second all time

    151 Steals – sixth all time

    Most points in a single game, 33 v Melbourne Tigers, 2.12.11

     

    Weight (kg) 94

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    30.69AVG MINS
    1.41AVG AS
    12.59AVG PTS
    5.12AVG REB
  • DOB 13/5/1982 Hometown Tauranga Position Power Forward Height 197cm High School Bethlehem College College Nelson College Hobbies Anything I am able to do Idol Growing Up Michael Jones

    Mika Vukona

    Power Forward

    #14

     

     

     

    Vukona is the heart and soul of the Breakers, often captaining the team but always leading them. Revered throughout the league and indeed international basketball for his strength, fighting qualities and ability to consistently out muscle and out jump much bigger opponents on the boards. Vukona holds the record for the most appearances (297) and the most consecutive appearances (161) for the club. He at one point did not miss a game for five seasons. He is the winningest Breaker of all time with 170 victories to his credit and is also the club’s all-time leading rebounder (2028). Vukona is an out and out winner though, he has five NBL titles to his name, having a championship win with South Dragons in 2009 to go with his four for the SKYCITY Breakers. Mika is also the current captain of the New Zealand Tall Blacks. Vukona will be aiming up for a big 2016/17 campaign after injury affected his ability to play at 100% fitness in the last campaign, but never once did it stop him giving 100% effort as he led his team to another Grand Final appearance.

    Club Statistics;

    297 Appearances – leading all time

    2028 Rebounds – leading all time

    91 Blocked Shots – fourth all time

    211 Steals – third all time

    2,220 Points – third all time

    36 double doubles – second all time

    Most points in a single game, 24 v Wollongong Hawks, 15.2.13

    Most rebounds in a single game, 17 v Melbourne Tigers, 28.11.13

     

    Weight (kg) 103

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    20.38AVG MINS
    2.55AVG AS
    6.55AVG PTS
    5.27AVG REB
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    NBL 2016/17 Ladders

    Team P W L %
    Adelaide 36ers 22 15 7 102.36
    Illawarra Hawks 22 12 10 100.82
    Melbourne United 22 11 11 101.84
    Sydney Kings 23 11 12 100.42
    Perth Wildcats 21 10 11 98.89
    New Zealand Breakers 22 10 12 98.62
    Cairns Taipans 20 9 11 98.35
    Brisbane Bullets 22 9 13 98.21

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    Points Per Game

    KevinDillard
    New Zealand Breakers
    21.67
    Kirk Penney New Zealand Breakers 16.86
    Thomas Abercrombie New Zealand Breakers 12.59
    Corey Webster New Zealand Breakers 11.67
    Paul Carter New Zealand Breakers 11.00

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    Assists Per Game

    BenWoodside
    New Zealand Breakers
    5.50
    Kevin Dillard New Zealand Breakers 4.67
    David Stockton New Zealand Breakers 4.20
    Corey Webster New Zealand Breakers 2.87
    Kirk Penney New Zealand Breakers 2.59

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    Rebounds Per Game

    AkilMitchell
    New Zealand Breakers
    6.68
    Alex Pledger New Zealand Breakers 6.50
    Mika Vukona New Zealand Breakers 5.27
    Thomas Abercrombie New Zealand Breakers 5.12
    Paul Carter New Zealand Breakers 4.80

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    Steals Per Game

    KevinDillard
    New Zealand Breakers
    3.33
    Ben Woodside New Zealand Breakers 1.33
    Akil Mitchell New Zealand Breakers 0.95
    Mika Vukona New Zealand Breakers 0.91
    Shea Ili New Zealand Breakers 0.82

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