Player Profile & Statistics
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
 Player Profile
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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.

 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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