B. J. Anthony

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B. J. Anthony
No. 20 – Adelaide 36ers
Position Power forward
League NBL
Personal information
Born (1988-07-20) 20 July 1988 (age 26)
Auckland, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Listed height 198 cm (6 ft 6 in)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Avondale College
(Auckland, New Zealand)
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2010 Harbour Heat
2008–2010 Herzoege Wolfenbuettel
2008–2009 →SG MTV/BG 93 Wolfenbuttel
2010–2012 New Zealand Breakers
2011 Waikato Pistons
2012–2013 OceanaGold Nuggets
2013 BBC Solarto Eagles Magdeburg
2013–present Adelaide 36ers
2014 Wellington Saints
2015–present Super City Rangers
Career highlights and awards
  • NZNBL champion (2014)
  • 2x ANBL champion (2011, 2012)
  • NZNBL All-Star five (2013)
  • Regionalliga All-Star five (2013)

Benny Charles "B. J." Anthony, Jr. (born 20 July 1988)[1] is a New Zealand professional basketball player who currently plays for the Adelaide 36ers of the Australian National Basketball League (NBL). He has also played in the Conference Basketball League (CBL) for the Waitakere Rangers (in 2006) and Northside (in 2008).[2][3]

Professional career[edit]

In 2008, Anthony began his professional career when he joined the Harbour Heat for the 2008 New Zealand NBL season. Later that year, he joined Herzoege Wolfenbuettel of the German Pro B for the 2008–09 season. During that season, he also spent time with SG MTV/BG 93 Wolfenbuttel of the lower Regionalliga.

In 2009, he re-joined the Harbour Heat for the 2009 New Zealand NBL season. Later that year, he re-joined Herzoege Wolfenbuettel for the 2009–10 season. In January 2010, he left Herzoege due to the birth of his first child. He later re-joined the Harbour Heat for the 2010 New Zealand NBL season.

In June 2010, he signed with the New Zealand Breakers as a development player for the 2010–11 NBL season.[4]

In February 2011, Anthony signed with the Waikato Pistons for the 2011 New Zealand NBL season.[5] Later that year, he signed a two-year deal with the New Zealand Breakers.

In October 2011, Anthony signed with the OceanaGold Nuggets for the 2012 New Zealand NBL season.[6] However, due to an injury sustained while playing for the New Zealand Breakers during the 2011–12 NBL season, Anthony missed the entire 2012 season. In May 2012, he was released from the second year of his two-year contract with the Breakers.[7] Later that year, re-signed with the Nuggets for the 2013 season.[8]

In January 2013, Anthony joined BBC Solarto Eagles Magdeburg of Germany for the rest of the 2012–13 season.[9] He went on to be named to the league's all-star five.[8]

On 20 April 2013, Anthony made his debut for the Nuggets. He recorded a career high 34 points to go with 12 rebounds in a 111-77 victory over the Super City Rangers.[10][11] He was subsequently named Round 1 Player of the Week for his performance.[12]

On 20 June 2013, Anthony signed a two-year deal with the Adelaide 36ers.[13]

On 11 February 2014, Anthony signed with the Wellington Saints for the 2014 New Zealand NBL season.[14][15] On 5 December 2014, he signed a three-year deal with the Super City Rangers.[16] However, after rupturing his Achilles tendon playing for the 36ers on 4 January 2015, he was ruled out for the rest of the 2014–15 NBL season and the entire 2015 New Zealand NBL season.[17][18]

International career[edit]

Anthony was selected to join the Tall Blacks on 17 August 2009 for the first time as an injury replacement for Jeremiah Trueman. He participated in the 2009 FIBA Oceania Championship averaging 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds for the team. He also represented New Zealand at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.[1]


Anthony's father, Benny Sr., is an assistant coach for the Super City Rangers.[19]


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