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NBL rookie class 2012-13


The List

Auryn MacMillan – Wollongong Hawks
Cam Gliddon – Cairns Taipans
Clint Steindl – Cairns Taipans
Kevin White – Sydney Kings
Mitch Norton – Townsville Crocs
Nate Tomlinson – Melbourne Tigers

The Best From #1

Cam Gliddon started for the Cairns Taipans in the win against the Townsville Crocs in round 1, and he proved to be the game’s x factor by scoring 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. All 9 points coming from beyond the arch helping the Taipans gain momentum a key points in the game. With Aaron Grabau injured for the next 4 weeks, expect Gliddon and Steindl to get more minutes.

Rookie Re-Do

Mitch Norton played just 5 games last season, thanks to a serious of injuries, therefor this year he will still be classified as a rookie. This year Mitch will be splitting minutes with Chris Cedar at the back up point guard position. So his minutes this season will be sporadic at best. He has the talent (if given the minutes) to take out the ROTY award, but very unlikely he will.

The Streak Ends?

A Sydney King player has won the last two Rookie of the Year awards. 2011 Ben Madgen took it out whilst last years winner Anatoly Bose has left the NBL since winning the award. This years Kings rookie? Kevin White. Who played for the Kings last season as a development player. It is very unlikely he’ll play to the level of the rest of the 2012-13 rookie class.

Double Your Chances

The Cairns Taipans have only had 1 Rookie of the Year winner when in 2007-08 Nathan Jawai took out the award. This year the two favorites to win the award play for the Cairns Taipans.. The future looks bright up north, doesn’t?

Ages Ago..

.. A player by the name of Andrew Gaze won Rookie of the Year.. Way back in 1984. He was the first, and only Melbourne Tiger to win the award. This year the Tigers have a potential ROTY winner in 6 foot 3 guard Nate Tomlinson. Nate will be backing up import Kevin Braswell, so expect him to get some solid minutes, giving him a chance to take out the award.

The Waiting Game

Wollongong Hawks big man David Gruber has had his issues with his health over his career, and although Hawks fans hope he can play the whole season, having someone like Auryn MacMillan to fill in if Gruber goes down for an extended period of time, has Wollongong fans feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
MacMillan is largely unknown to the casual basketball fan, but this 6 foot 9 big man can play. He bring energy, rebounding, shot blocking and he has a nice inside game. But MacMillan’s minutes this year will based around how healthy the Hawks front court is this season. Don’t expect a ROTY winner here, but if Gruber or Davidson go down Auryn will slot in nicely.

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