I’ll look at some upcoming statistical highlights in the build up to the Breakers opening game of the 2014-15 NBL season. The first article features the new boys.
In eleven seasons, 73 players have had the distinction of wearing a Breakers singlet. This season as many as eight new players could debut in the black and blue colours.
New signings Tai Wesley, Rhys Carter and Ekene Ibekwe will, barring injury, swell the numbers to 76 on Friday October 10th when the Breakers visit defending champions Perth Wildcats.
Rhys Carter joins the Breakers having played for 5 different clubs during his nine seasons NBL career. During that time he has logged 222 appearances and gained a Championship ring playing with Mika Vukona for the South Dragons in 2008-09. He is 129 points shy of 1500 career points and just 49 assists short of 500 assists. Both milestones should be achieved mid season by the Australian guard.
Another addition is power forward Tai Wesley who has joined the club after impressing Breakers assistant coach Paul Henare throughout his time at Southland Sharks during the NZNBL season. Wesley averaged 16 points and 9 rebounds in his eight games for the Sharks.
The third new boy is Ekene Ibekwe who replaces Gary Wilkinson in the second import spot. The 2.06m Nigerian international will play centre and add rebounding and shot blocking capability to the Breakers front court.
Lurking in the wings awaiting their opportunity are Development players Yuat Alok, Brad Anderson, Shea Ili, Jordan Ngatai and Tai Wynyard. With Tom Abercrombie and Alex Pledger both injured two of these five are likely to make the trip to Perth.
Should that happen and five players debut, it will be the most players to make their first appearance for the club in the same game since the very first Breakers fixture in October 2003.