Kirk Penney in a Maccabi Tel Aviv uniform in 2005.
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|League||Turkish Basketball League|
23 November 1980 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Westlake Boys
(Auckland, New Zealand)
|NBA draft||2003 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||1997–present|
|1997–2000||North Harbour Kings (New Zealand)|
|2003–2004||CB Gran Canaria (Spain)|
|2004||Asheville Altitude (D-League)|
|2004–2005||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2005||Asheville Altitude (D-League)|
|2005–2006||Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)|
|2006–2007||Žalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)|
|2007||ALBA Berlin (Germany)|
|2007–2010||New Zealand Breakers (Australasia)|
|2010||Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)|
|2010–2011||New Zealand Breakers (Australasia)|
|2011–2012||Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain)|
|2012–2013||TED Ankara Kolejliler (Turkey)|
|Career highlights and awards|
- 1 Career
- 2 New Zealand National Team
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Awards and achievements
- 5 References
- 6 External links
University of Wisconsin (1999–2003)
He played college basketball in the United States at the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 1999 through 2003. In his Freshman season Penney played in the 2000 Final Four. In his Junior season Penney was named first-team All-Big Ten. During his Senior season he was once again named first-team All-Big Ten and an honorable mention All-American, where he averaged 16.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
Penney formed a backcourt duo with future NBA All-Star Devin Harris.
Professional Career Overseas (2003–2007)
He was not drafted in the star-studded 2003 NBA Draft but reportedly received offers from the Minnesota Timberwolves to play in the summer league moments after the draft was complete. He led the summer league in 3-point accuracy of over 50%.
Penney finally got a taste of NBA action when the Miami Heat signed him to a 10-day contract on 3 November 2003. Penney became the second New Zealander (after Sean Marks) to play in the NBA and made his first ever NBA shot, a three-pointer from left corner. However, his stint was short-lived, being cut by the Heat several days later. Days later he signed to play the rest of the 2003-04 season in the ACB (Spain) with CB Gran Canaria.
The following year he played in the D-League for the Asheville Altitude, where he was taken first round, pick no. 6 in the player draft. He went on to be part of the winning 2004–2005 NBDL championship team, averaging 12.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 42 games.
During this time, Penney was signed by the Los Angeles Clippers on 26 December 2004, and played sporadically in a four-game stint until being waived on 3 January 2005.
Penney then signed with European powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv upon becoming a free agent after the 2004–05 season. Penney was used sparingly as a shooter off the bench with 47.8% 3-point accuracy. Penney was a part of Maccabi's win over NBA team the Toronto Raptors in pre-season play for both teams (in October 2005). It marked a rare occasion that an NBA team had lost to a European-based team at home. That year Maccabi qualified for the Euroleague Final Four, eventually losing to CSKA Moscow in the final.
In the 2006–07 season, Penney played for Žalgiris Kaunas, after the Euroleague season ended and Žalgiris Kaunas won the Lithuanian Basketball League Cup, Penney switched teams. On 14 February 2007 he went to German team ALBA Berlin where they finished the German regular season in first place.
Return Home (2007–2010)
Penney's addition to the previously unsuccessful Breakers proved to be the tonic for the Breakers success, with the team qualifying for their first ever finals series, before eventually finishing in sixth position overall. Individually, Penney was the league's third leading scorer, averaging 24.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals over 31 games, was a starter for the World All-Stars team, and named to the NBL's First Team as reward for his efforts.
In the 2008–09 season, Penney led the league in scoring and was first Kiwi player ever to be named in the All-NBL First Team for consecutive seasons. He took home the Andrew Gaze MVP trophy for leading the Breakers to their best season ever, averaging 24.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists over 28 games, making Penney the first Kiwi to be honoured with the award.
Return to America (2010)
In March 2010, Penney joined the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League. In his first outing he scored 12 points in 21 minutes against the Springfield Armor. He followed that with a 31 point performance in his second outing (also against the Springfield Armor), and then a 40 point, 8 rebound game against the Bakersfield Jam. He averaged 23.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 4 games, shooting 53% from 3-point land.
On 28 September 2010, Penney was signed by the San Antonio Spurs to compete for a roster spot. In his only game against the Houston Rockets he had 9 points in 14 minutes before being waived on 11 October.
Return to Australian NBL (2010–2011)
On 26 October 2010 he returned to the New Zealand Breakers in the NBL. Penney averaged 20.0 ppg, 4rpg, and 2.3 apg during the 2010–11 season, helping the Breakers win their first NBL championship. He was again named to the All-NBL First Team.
Return to Europe (2011–present)
In July 2012, he signed with TED Ankara Kolejliler in Turkey. During the 2012-13 TBL season, Penney was the 3rd leading points scorer with 18.3 points per game, hitting over 46% of his 3-point shots. 
New Zealand National Team
|Competitor for New Zealand|
|Gold||2009 Oceaina||National team|
Penney debuted for the Tall Blacks at the age of just 18 (in 1999) and has now represented the Tall Blacks, his country's national team, at two Olympic Games (in 2000 and 2004) and three world championships (2002, 2006 and 2010).
Penney was part of the Tall Blacks' memorable 2002 World Championships campaign as they surprisingly finished fourth. Penney averaged 16.9 points per contest and hit 45.5% of his three-point shots.
Penney, now one of the most senior Tall Blacks, is captain of New Zealand. Penney led New Zealand to victory in the FIBA Oceania Championship 2009, beating Australia 177–162 on aggregate, after the two-match tie was drawn 1–1. Penney was influential in both games, with 23 points and 4 assists in Game 1, and a virtuoso 24-point, 7-rebound and 10-assist performance in Game 2, thus winning the Al Ramsay Shield.
In the 2010 World Championships in Turkey, Penney was the second leading scorer with 24.7 points/game. New Zealand also went through to the elimination rounds with a 3-2 record.
Awards and achievements
- 1998 New Zealand National Basketball League (NZNBL) Rookie of the Year
- 1999 New Zealand NBL Outstanding Kiwi Guard
- 2002–03 First Team All-Big Ten
- 2003–04 First Team All-Big Ten
- 2003–04 Honorable Mention All-American
- 2006–07 Baltic Basketball League All-Star (Lithuania)
- 2007–08 Australasian NBL All-Star
- 2007–08 All-NBL First Team
- 2008–09 All-NBL First Team
- 2008–09 Australasian NBL MVP
- 2009–10 All-NBL First Team
- 2010–11 All-NBL First Team
- 2011 Boris Stankovic Cup MVP
- 2011–12 Eurobasket Second Team All-Liga ACB (Spain)
- 2011–12 Eurobasket All-Import Team Liga ACB (Spain)
- 2012–13 TBL All-Star (Turkey)
- 2012–13 TBL Three-Point Shootout champion (Turkey)
- 2012–13 Eurobasket First Team TBL (Turkey)
- 2012–13 Eurobasket All-Imports Team TBL (Turkey)
- 1999–00 NCAA Final Four (Wisconsin)
- 2002–03 Big Ten Champions
- 2003–04 Big Ten Champions
- 2004–05 NBA Development League Champions (Asheville Altitude)
- 2005–06 Israeli Basketball Super League Champions (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
- 2005–06 Israeli Basketball State Cup Champions (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
- 2005–06 Euroleague Finalists (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
- 2006–07 Lithuanian Basketball League Cup Champions (Žalgiris Kaunas)
- 2010–11 Australasian NBL Champions (New Zealand Breakers)
New Zealand National Team
- 2000 William Jones Cup Champions
- 2000 Olympic Games, 11th place
- 2001 Goodwill Games
- 2002 FIBA World Championship, 4th place
- 2004 Olympic Games
- 2006 FIBA World Championship, 16th place
- 2007 Boris Stankovic Cup
- 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament
- 2009 FIBA Oceania Championship, 1st place (Gold)
- 2010 FIBA World Championship, 12th place
- 2011 Boris Stankovic Cup Champions
- "Kirk Penney NBA & ABA Statistics". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
- "Kirk Penney D-League Statistics". Basketball-Reference.com. 1980-11-23. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
- "Official Website of Alba Berlin". Albaberlin.de. 1980-11-23. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
- "Official Website of the New Zealand Breakers". Nzbreakers.co.nz. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
- "Kirk Penney wins 2008–09 ANBL MVP in tight race". Interbasket.net.
- Nagy, Boti (22 January 2010). "Penney drops 49 as Sixers' season over". adelaidenow.com.au. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- Penney scores 31 for streaking Force[dead link]
- "Kirk Penney NBA D-League career stats". NBA.com. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- Spurs Waive Kirk Penney
- Tall Black Kirk Penney released by NBA side
- "Basketball: Penney returns to Breakers". nzherald.co.nz. 26 October 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- "Kirk Penney signs to play in Turkish capital". Stuff.co.nz. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- "Fuenlabrada tabs scoring machine Kirk Penney". Sportando.net. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- "Kirk Penney yearns to be a Breaker again". Stuff.co.nz. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- Kiwi hoops star Penney on the move
- "Kirk Penney | Basketball New Zealand". Basketball.org.nz. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
- "New Zealand wins 2009 Oceania Championship |". Interbasket.net. 2009-08-25. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
- Nagy, Boti (2010-11-09). "Wedding bells take toll on Breakers". Adelaide Now. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
- NBA Profile
- NBA Stats
- NBA D-League profile
- NBA D-League bio
- University of Wisconsin profile
- Euroleague.net profile
- Spanish ACB profile (Spanish)
- Official Basketball New Zealand bio
- Player profile at www.DraftExpress.com
- Video interview with Kirk Penney @ www.FIBA.com
- TBL Stats
- Kirk Penney fansite