Tall Blacks

Lindsay Tait

Lindsay Tait

Lindsay Tait

Teams: Wellington Saints & Wollongong Hawks (Australia)

Position: Guard

Born: January 8, 1982 in Sydney, Australia

Height: 1.90m

Tait made his international debut against the Czech Republic in 2003 after several years as one of New Zealand’s most promising players and is now establishing his game at the international level.

With veterans Mark Dickel and Paul Henare unavailable, he made the starting point guard spot is own during the national team’s 2008 Olympic qualifying campaign.

Tait has dominated the NBL guard awards over recent seasons, and was voted league MVP and Kiwi MVP in 2005.

He has been on four All-Star Fives and his increasing maturity at the point helped Auckland to the 2004 & 2005 titles.

His 2006 season and world championship hopes were curtailed by a broken wrist, but he came back in ’07 to share Outstanding Kiwi Guard honours and challenge for the league scoring title.

Tait played for the NZ Breakers during their first three seasons in the Aussie league, but crossed the ditch to the Wollongong Hawks for a 2007/08 season cut short by a shoulder injury.

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 5 13 38.5 8 11 72.7 19 6.3 4 1.3 10 3.1 - - - -
2008 NZ in Slovenia 3 5 14 35.7 13 15 86.7 24 8.0 6 2.0 1 0.3 2 0.67 - -
2008 NZ in Canada 3 10 24 41.7 3 5 60.0 26 8.7 9 3.0 6 2.0 2 0.67 - -
2008 NZ v Australia 2 9 17 52.9 9 9 100 30 15.0 1 0.5 5 2.5 3 1.50 - -
2007 NZ in Australia 3 - 5 0.0 1 2 50.0 1 0.3 8 2.7 2 0.7 - - - -
2007 Boris Stankovic Cup (China) 5 3 20 15.0 12 21 57.1 18 3.6 7 1.4 15 3.0 5 1.00 - -
2007 Venezuela in NZ 3 10 17 58.8 7 10 70.0 31 10.3 4 1.3 16 5.3 3 1.00 4 1.33

Three Point Goals 2008 Olympic Qualifying 1/3 (33.3%), Slovenia 1/5 (20.0%), Canada 3/11 (27.3%),  Australia 3/4 (75.0%), 2007 Stankovic Cup 0/6 (0%), Venezuela 4/7 (57.1%), 2006 Comm Games 2/6 (33.3%), India 1/3 (33.3%), 2005 Australia 1/2 (50.0%), Australia Four-Nations 0/4 (0%), China Four-Nations 3/10 (30.0%), 2004 Australia 0/1 (0%), 2003 Efes Pilsen Cup 0/1 (0%), Czech Republic 0/2 (0%), Career 11/42 (26.2%).

International Debut

2003

Honours

Commonwealth Games Silver Medal – 2006

National Basketball League

Regular Season

Year Team G FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% PTS PPG REB RPG AST APG STL SPG BLK BPG
2008 Wellington 5 29 49 59.2 15 20 75.0 77 15.4 12 2.4 19 3.8 6 1.20 1 0.20
2007 Auckland 17 129 269 48.0 121 153 79.1 408 24.0 54 3.2 95 5.6 36 2.12 12 0.71
2006 Auckland 14 101 195 51.8 73 91 80.2 302 21.6 46 3.3 60 4.3 28 2.00 2 0.14
2005 Auckland 16 122 241 50.6 53 70 75.7 334 20.9 50 3.1 52 3.3 13 0.81 4 0.25
2004 Auckland 18 135 265 50.9 68 82 82.9 379 21.1 60 3.3 68 3.8 25 1.39 7 0.39
2003 Auckland 18 131 246 53.3 76 90 84.4 359 19.9 58 3.2 90 5.0 41 2.38 6 0.33
2002 Auckland 16 80 165 48.5 53 73 72.6 232 14.5 42 2.6 61 3.8 26 1.63 5 0.31
2001 Auckland 16 39 90 43.3 28 36 77.8 122 7.6 28 1.8 32 2.0 16 1.00 4 0.25
2000 Auckland 4 8 17 47.1 4 5 80.0 23 5.8 7 1.8 8 2.0 1 0.25 - -
Total 124 774 1537 50.4 491 620 79.2 2236 18.0 357 2.9 485 3.9 192 1.55 41 0.33

Three-point field goals 2008 4/9 (44.4%), 2007 29/94 (30.9%), 2006 27/67 (40.3%), 2005 37/85 (43.5%), 2004 41/93 (44.1%), 21/65 (32.3%), 2002 19/47 (40.4%), 2001 16/42 (38.1%), 2000 3/5 (60.0%),  Total 197/507 (38.9%)

Playoffs

Year Team G FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% PTS PPG REB RPG AST APG STL SPG BLK BPG
2008 Wellington 3 10 26 38.5 8 11 72.7 32 10.7 5 1.7 7 2.3 3 1.00 - -
2005 Auckland 3 14 40 35.0 8 18 44.4 37 12.3 5 1.7 13 4.3 2 0.67 - -
2004 Auckland 2 13 33 39.4 9 13 69.2 37 18.5 8 4.0 14 7.0 3 1.50 - -
2003 Auckland 1 5 11 45.5 1 2 50.0 14 14.0 1 1.0 3 3.0 - - 2 2.00
2001 Auckland 1 2 2 100 - - - 5 5.0 1 1.0 1 1.0 1 1.00 - -
2000 Auckland 2 - 2 - 2 2 100 2 1.0 1 0.5 1 0.5 - - 1 0.5
Total 12 44 114 38.6 28 46 60.9 127 10.6 21 1.8 39 3.3 9 0.75 8 0.25
Career 136 818 1651 49.5 519 666 77.9 2363 17.4 378 2.8 524 3.9 201 1.48 49 0.36

Three-point field goals 2008 4/12 (33.3%), 2005 1/8 (12.5%), 2004 2/9 (22.2%), 2003 3/5 (60.0%), 2001 1/1 (100%), 2000 0/1 (0%), Total 11/36 (30.6%); Career 208/543 (38.3%)

NBL Titles (3)

2000 (Auckland), 2004 (Auckland), 2005 (Auckland)

NBL Awards

Outstanding Guard – 2003, 04, 05
Outstanding NZ Guard – 2003, 04, 05
All-Star Five – 2003, 04, 05, 06
Kiwi MVP – 2005
Most Valuable Player – 2005