Tasmanian basketballer Adam Gibson. TASMANIANS are dominating this season’s NBL.
Adam Gibson’s rise from the rural backwater of Cluan to a multiple premiership-winning Olympian finds him not only dominating the marketing for the competition but also many of its statistics.
Gibson celebrated his 29th birthday on Friday as the competition’s leading assist-getter, averaging seven per game.
The No.1 shirt wearer and unofficial face of the Adelaide 36ers, the Boomers guard has also enjoyed the sixth-highest average game time of 32.01 minutes.
Launceston’s 30-year-old, 202-centimetre forward Lucas Walker has also played all five games for Adelaide, averaging 14.94 minutes and five points, following his high-profile switch from Melbourne.
The 36ers bounced back from a shaky start by winning two games in as many days to sit third on the table.
Both Tasmanians took to Twitter to celebrate their exhausting double-header, with Gibson commenting: “Big shots at big times on the road. Appreciate all the support back home.” Walker added: “Massive effort by the boys to get up on the road.”
The Perth Wildcats sit second, narrowly ahead on percentage, with Burnie’s Matt Knight topping the competition’s offensive rebounds (four per game), second on total rebounds (10.2) and third in defensive rebounds (6.2).
Averaging 27.88 minutes and 15.4 points, the distinctive, bearded, 204cm, 109kg forward is third in two-point attempts (13.8), fourth in two-points made (6.6), fifth in field goals made (6.6) and joint sixth in field goal attempts (13.8).
Topping the NBL table with a perfect record from six games is Melbourne United, for whom Launceston-born Chris Goulding is averaging 31.35 minutes of game time.
The 192cm shooting guard, who grew up in Brisbane, tops the three-point attempts with 8.67 per game and is sixth in assists (3.5) and points (17.67).
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