|No. 33 – Cairns Taipans|
|Position||Power forward / Small forward|
8 June 1983 |
Bunbury, Western Australia
|Listed height||203 cm (6 ft 8 in)|
|Listed weight||107 kg (236 lb)|
|High school||Australind Senior
(Australind, Western Australia)
|College||Metro State (2001–2005)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Undrafted|
|2010–2012||Gold Coast Blaze|
|2011||Mets de Guaynabo|
|2011||Piratas de Quebradillas|
|Career highlights and awards|
Mark Worthington (born 8 June 1983) is an Australian professional basketball player for the Cairns Taipans of the National Basketball League (NBL). On 10 October 2013, Worthington was named in the Sydney Kings 25th Anniversary Team.
After a standout career at Metro State, Worthington made his debut with the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League, winning the NBL Rookie of the Year award in 2005–06. He played three seasons with the Kings, before signing with the South Dragons for the 2008–09 season. The Dragons went on to win the 2009 NBL championship. However, the Dragons folded following 2008–09, and Worthington signed with the Melbourne Tigers for the 2009–10 season.
In September 2010, he signed with the Gold Coast Blaze for the 2010–11 season. Following the NBL season, he joined Mets de Guaynabo of Puerto Rico, before switching to Piratas de Quebradillas in May 2011, before returning to the Blaze for the 2011–12 season.
In July 2012, Worthington signed with Serbian team Radnički Kragujevac. He suffered a season-ending injury in December 2012, forcing him to eventually leave Kragujevac in February 2013. He played 14 games, averaging 10.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
On 22 January 2017, Worthington announced his decision to retire at the end of the 2016–17 NBL season. His 335th and final NBL game came in the Taipans' Game 2 semi-final loss to the Perth Wildcats on 20 February 2017 at Perth Arena.
National team career
Worthington made his debut for the Australian national team in 2005 at the FIBA Oceania Championship. He has since played for them at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and four years later in London, as well as at the FIBA World Championship in 2006 and 2010.
Worthington and his wife, Andrea, have two sons, Taz and Axel.
In August 2012, it was announced that Worthington was considering a switch to play Australian rules football for the West Coast Eagles. His uncle, Kevin Worthington played for the Collingwood, Claremont and Perth football clubs in the 1970s and 1980s.
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- "Radnicki signs Mark Worthington". Sportando.com. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- Mark Worthington leaves Kragujevac
- "FORMER TIGERS MVP RETURNS". NBL.com.au. 18 July 2013. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
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