In his eighth season with the club, Pledger or the man known as ‘Chief’ or simply ‘Pledge’, has played in all four SKYCITY Breakers championship winning teams. He was the NBL’s leading shot blocker in 2012/13 (46 at 1.5bpg) and rebounder (227 at 7.3rpg). He also had his most productive scoring season, notching 331 points at 10.7ppg. In the 2014/15 campaign Alex picked up a severe foot injury which severely limited his effectiveness but he still managed to play in all but two of the club’s 32 games in a memorable display of bravery and commitment to the team and club, putting off surgery until the post-season. That is now a distant memory, with the Chief featuring strongly throughout the 2015/16 season to again rank as one of the league’s best big men. Pledger was the first new signing of Head Coach Paul Henare who spoke of his importance to the roster, someone that the team can be built around.
181 Appearances – fifth all time
192 Blocked shots – leading all time
959 Rebounds – third all time
1337 Points – eleventh all time
Most points in a single game, 22 v Melbourne Tigers, 14.3.13
Most rebounds in a single game, 14 v Wollongong Hawks, 26.1.13
Weight (kg) 115