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Paora Winitana
Paora WINITANA (New Zealand)
DOB: 12/6/1976
Place of birth: Hastings (New Zealand)
Height: 195cm/6'5"
Weight: 98kg/216lbs
Position: Guard
Main statistics
Points per game 1
Rebounds per game 2
Assists per game 0
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Career: North Harbour Vikings/Kings (New Zealand-NBL, 1996-2002), Hawkes Bay Hawks (New Zealand-NBL, 2003-08), NZ Breakers (Australia-NBL, 2003-04, then 2007-08), Adelaide 36ers (Australia-NBL, 2008)

Winitana was NBL Rookie of the Year in 1996 and debuted for the Tall Blacks in 2002 after missing several seasons while on a Mormon mission. He chooses not to play on Sundays for religious reasons and has been ordained as a bishop in his church. Winitana was included in the 2002 FIBA World Championships roster when center Tony Rampton withdrew injured and usually leads the Tall Blacks' pre-match haka whenever selected. Winitana enjoyed a career season to captain the Hawks to the 2006 NBL title, earning Outstanding Guard, Outstanding Kiwi Guard, All-Star Five and MVP honours for the season. He was also named MVP of the championship final and shared Kiwi MVP honours with Taranaki forward Link Abrams in 2007. A foundation member of the NZ Breakers, he re-signed with them for last season’s Australian NBL, but will join the Adelaide 36ers next summer.


 
 
PARTICIPATION IN FIBA COMPETITION
 Competition   PPG   RPG   APG 
 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men 2008  1  2   0 
 FIBA Oceania Championship for Men 2007  1  0   0 
 FIBA World Championship 2006  1.5  0.3   0.3 
 Olympic Games: Tournament for Men 2004  0  0   0 
 Oceania Championship for Men 2003  1  0   0 
 World Championship for Men 2002  0  0.7   0 
 World Championship for Men '22 and Under' 1997  1  0   0.3 
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