Nathan Jawai

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Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai.jpg
No. 11 – Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
Position Power forward / Center
League Turkish Basketball League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1986-10-10) 10 October 1986 (age 27)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Listed height 208 cm (6 ft 10 in)
Listed weight 127 kg (280 lb)
Career information
College Midland College (2006–2007)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41st overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Pro playing career 2007–present
Career history
2007–2008 Cairns Taipans (Australia)
2008–2009 Toronto Raptors
2009 Idaho Stampede (D-League)
2009–2010 Minnesota Timberwolves
2010 Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)
2010–2011 KK Partizan (Serbia)
2011–2012 UNICS Kazan (Russia)
2012 Cairns Marlins (Australia)
2012–2013 FC Barcelona (Spain)
2013–present Galatasaray Liv Hospital (Turkey)
Career highlights and awards
  • Serbian Super League champion (2011)
  • Adriatic League champion (2011)
  • NBL Rookie of the Year (2008)
  • All-NBL Second Team (2008)
  • NBL All-Star (2008)
  • NBL All-Star Game MVP (2008)

Nathan Leon "Nate" Jawai (born 10 October 1986) is an Australian professional basketball player who currently plays for Galatasaray Liv Hospital of the Turkish Basketball League and the Euroleague.

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

While playing for the Cairns Taipans during the 2007–08 NBL season, in 31 games, Jawai averaged 17.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1 block per game. His season highs for points and rebounds was 28 and 18 respectively.[1]

NBA[edit]

He was drafted 41st overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers; however, his rights were traded to the Toronto Raptors in a deal that also brought Jermaine O'Neal to Toronto for T. J. Ford, Rasho Nesterović, Maceo Baston, and the Raptors' 17th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft who turned out to be Roy Hibbert.[2][3]

Soon after the trade the Raptors announced they had signed Jawai to a two-year deal on 11 July 2008.[2]

Nicknamed the "Aussie Shaq", "Outback Shaq", and "Baby Shaq" due to his resemblance to Shaquille O'Neal,[4] Jawai claims to not like the nicknames or comparisons to O'Neal.[5] He was also nicknamed by Toronto commentators 'Big Nate'.[6]

On 17 December 2008, Jawai was cleared to resume training after enduring a worrisome period in which he was not allowed to undergo physical activity. Jawai was required to 'rest', due to a routine pre-season test which revealed a cardiac abnormality.[7]

On 21 January 2009, Jawai made his NBA debut against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.[8]

On 26 February 2009, Jawai was assigned by the Toronto Raptors to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League.[9] In his first start (his second game), he registered 12 points, 5 rebounds and a team-high 3 blocks in a 104–96 Idaho win over Utah Flash.[10] Jawai was recalled from the D-League on 23 March 2009.[11]

On 9 July 2009, Nathan Jawai was traded to the Dallas Mavericks as a part of the four-team deal among Raptors, Mavericks, Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies.[12] Later that year, on 20 October 2009, Jawai was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a conditional second-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.[13]

On 8 November 2009, Jawai played arguably the best game of his NBA career, scoring a team-high 16 points and grabbing six rebounds in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers.[14]

On 19 February 2010, Jawai was sent to the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League for a short stint.[15] He was recalled on 21 February 2010,[16] and sent back on 31 March 2010.[17]

Europe[edit]

On 18 August 2010, Jawai signed a one-year contract to ex-European champions KK Partizan from Belgrade, Serbia.[18]

In June 2011, he signed with UNICS Kazan in Russia.[19] In 2012, Jawai signed to play for the Cairns Marlins in the Australian Basketball Association's QBL division.[20]

In July 2012, Jawai signed with FC Barcelona Regal.[21][22]

In July 2013, he joined Galatasaray Liv Hospital.[23]

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

NBA career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Toronto 6 0 3.2 .250 .000 .000 .3 .0 .0 .0 .3
2009–10 Minnesota 39 2 10.6 .441 .000 .684 2.7 .6 .3 .2 3.2
Career 45 2 9.6 .435 .000 .684 2.4 .5 .2 .2 2.8

Euroleague career statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2010–11 Partizan 16 7 22.9 .459 .000 .786 5.0 .9 .6 .7 9.1 10.7
2011–12 UNICS 15 10 14.1 .547 .000 .643 4.3 .3 .3 .5 7.3 5.7
2012–13 Barcelona 30 6 15.5 .697 .000 .710 4.7 .4 .3 .8 7.1 9.1
2013–14 Galatasaray 2 0 14.7 .875 .000 .727 2.5 .5 .5 .5 11.0 14.0
Career 63 23 17.0 .582 .000 .790 4.6 .5 .4 .7 7.8 8.9

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Joe Ingles
NBL Rookie of the Year
2008
Succeeded by
Aaron Bruce