Matthew Nielsen

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Matt Nielsen
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Nielsen with Valencia BC
Power forward
Personal information
Born (1978-02-03) 3 February 1978 (age 36)
Penrith, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Listed height 208 cm (6 ft 10 in)
Listed weight 106 kg (234 lb)
Career information
High school St Marys
(St Marys, New South Wales)
NBA draft 2000 / Undrafted
Pro career 1996–2013
Career history
1996–2004 Sydney Kings
2004–2005 PAOK Thessaloniki
2005–2008 Lietuvos Rytas
2008–2010 Valencia
2010–2011 Olympiacos Piraeus
2011–2013 Khimki
Career highlights and awards

Matthew Peter "Matt" Nielsen (born 3 February 1978) is an Australian former professional basketball player. He is currently working with the Perth Wildcats as a big-man coach.[1]

Professional career[edit]

He attended the Australian Institute of Sport in 1989.[2] In his professional career, Nielsen played with the Sydney Kings, PAOK, Lietuvos Rytas, and Valencia. He was named the Eurocup Finals MVP in 2010.[3] In July 2010, Nielsen signed a two-year contract with Olympiacos Piraeus.[4] In August 2011, he signed a two-year contract with BC Khimki in Russia.[5] He left in June 2013, after his contract expired. He retired following the 2012–13 season.[6]

On 10 October 2013, Nielsen was named in the Sydney Kings 25th Anniversary Team.[7]

Euroleague career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2005–06 Lietuvos Rytas 19 13 25.8 .464 .357 .703 5.2 1.7 1.1 .3 12.4 13.6
2007–08 Lietuvos Rytas 13 13 24.1 .495 .250 .805 4.8 1.5 .8 .5 9.9 12.2
2010–11 Olympiacos Piraeus 14 9 16.0 .386 .143 .750 2.9 .6 .6 .1 4.4 3.9
2012-13 Khimki 15 2 11.5 .462 .000 .500 1.7 1.6 .3 .3 1.7 3.1
Career 61 37 19.6 .459 .261 .729 3.7 1.4 .7 .3 7.4 8.5

Australian national team[edit]

Nielsen won the gold medal at the 1997 FIBA Under-21 World Championship with Australia's junior national team. He has also been a member of the senior men's Australian national basketball team. With Australia's senior national team, he won gold medals at the 2001 Goodwill Games, the 2003 FIBA Oceanian Championship, and the 2005 FIBA Oceanian Championship.

During the Boomers 2012 Olympic campaign, Australian Football League player Scott Pendlebury noted Matt Nielsen's athletic ability and mentioned that he could have had a career in AFL had he not chosen to play basketball.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Knightmare a defensive dream for Perth
  2. ^ Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002. ISBN 174013060X. 
  3. ^ "Matt Nielsen, MVP". Euroleague.net. 18 April 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Gazetta.gr Κόκκινος ο Ματ Νίλσεν.[dead link]
  5. ^ "BC Khimki lands Nielsen". Euroleague.net. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Damo's Dish: The Black Tape
  7. ^ MightyMite Sydney Kings announce 25th Anniversary Team
  8. ^ "Scott Pendlebury says Matt Nielsen would “be awesome in the AFL”". Aussiehoopla.com. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 

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