Tall Blacks

Kirk Penney

Australian NBL Team: NZ Breakers

Position: Guard

Born: November 23, 1980 in North Shore

Height: 1.95m

During an outstanding college career with University of Wisconsin, Penney helped the Badgers to NCAA Sweet Sixteen in his senior year and two Big 10 conference titles, and was twice named all-conference.

He was NBL Rookie of the Year in 1998 when he helped North Harbour to the final.

Penney has now represented New Zealand at two Olympics and two world championships, averaging 16.9 points at the 2002 world championships at Indianapolis.

He became the second Kiwi in the NBA when he appeared for the Miami Heat in 2003, also had a brief stint with the LA Clippers, and has since played professionally in Spain, the NBA Development League, Israel, Lithuania and Germany.

Penney played with the NZ Breakers in last summer’s Australian NBL, finishing as the third leading scorer (24.0 points) and earning selection to the All-NBL Team.

International

Year Series G FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% PTS PPG REB RPG AST APG STL SPG BLK BPG
2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying (Greece) 3 19 47 40.4 16 19 84.2 62 20.7 10 3.3 4 1.3 3 1.00 1 0.33
2008 NZ in Slovenia 3 21 48 43.8 16 17 94.1 70 23.3 9 3.0 1 1.0 7 2.3 - -
2008 NZ in Canada 3 20 44 45.5 15 20 75.0 65 21.7 8 2.7 5 1.7 5 1.67 - -
2007 NZ in Australia 3 16 41 39.0 10 15 66.7 49 16.3 13 4.3 4 1.3 1 0.33 - -
2007 Boris Stankovic Cup (China) 5 23 58 39.7 6 10 60.0 53 10.6 15 3.0 6 1.2 - - - -
2007 Venezuela in NZ 3 25 41 61.0 3 3 100 62 20.7 3 1.0 4 1.3 3 1.00 - -

Three Point Goals 2008 Olympic Qualifying 8/27 (29.6%), Slovenia 12/27 (44.4%), Canada 10/19 (52.6%), 2007 Australia 7/21 (33.3%), Stankovic Cup 11/32 (34.4%), Venezuela 9/20 (45.0%), 2006 World Championships 13/36 (36.1%), Qatar 2/16 (12.5%), Brazil 16/27 (59.3%), Australia 7/9 (77.8%), 2005 Australia 5/16 (31.3%), Australia Four-Nations 10/25 (40.0%), 2004 Athens Olympics 14/43 (32.6%), Turkey & Bulgaria 7/16 (43.8%), 2003 Australia 9/28 (32.1%), 2002 World Championships 20/44 (45.5%), Europe & Canada 18/46 (39.1%), Hungary 17/38 (44.7%), 2001 Goodwill Games 8/29 (27.6%), 2000 Sydney Olympics 4/14 (28.6%)

International Debut

1999

National Basketball League

Regular Season

Year Team G FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% PTS PPG REB RPG AST APG STL SPG BLK BPG
2000 North Harbour 6 39 78 50.0 15 19 79.0 102 17.0 23 3.8 16 2.7 10 1.67 1 0.17
1999 North Harbour 11 92 192 47.9 75 96 78.1 284 25.8 35 3.2 23 2.1 10 0.91 1 0.09
1998 North Harbour 20 57 109 52.3 9 13 69.2 154 7.7 29 1.5 16 0.8 11 0.55 1 0.05
Total 37 188 379 49.6 99 128 77.3 540 14.6 87 2.4 55 1.5 31 0.84 3 0.08

Three-point field goals 2000 9/30 (30.0%), 1999 25/62 (40.3%), 1998 31/64 (48.4%); Total 65/156 (41.7%)

Playoffs

Year Team G FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% PTS PPG REB RPG AST APG STL SPG BLK BPG
1998 North Harbour 3 8 13 61.5 2 2 100 23 7.7 2 0.7 2 0.7 - - - -
Career 40 196 392 50.0 101 130 77.7 563 14.1 89 2.2 57 1.4 31 0.78 3 0.08

Three-point field goals 1998 5/8 (62.5%); Career: 70/164 (42.7%)

NBL Awards

Rookie of the Year – 1998
Outstanding Kiwi Guard – 1999