Matthew Nielsen

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Matt Nielsen
Matthew Nielsen 2017.jpg
Nielsen in March 2017
Perth Wildcats
Position Assistant coach
League NBL
Personal information
Born (1978-02-03) 3 February 1978 (age 39)
Sydney, 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
(Sydney, New South Wales)
NBA draft 2000 / Undrafted
Playing career 1995–2013
Position Power forward
Coaching career 2015–present
Career history
As player:
1995; 1997–2004 Sydney Kings
2004–2005 PAOK Thessaloniki
2005–2008 Lietuvos Rytas
2008–2010 Valencia
2010–2011 Olympiacos Piraeus
2011–2013 Khimki
As coach:
2015–present Perth Wildcats (asst.)
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Matthew Peter "Matt" Nielsen (born 3 February 1978) is an Australian former professional basketball player who is currently serving as an assistant coach for the Perth Wildcats of the National Basketball League (NBL).

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in the Sydney suburb of Penrith, Nielsen attended St Marys Senior High School where, three times a week, he needed permission to leave early in order to train with the Sydney Kings as a development player.[1] As a 17-year-old in 1995, Nielsen appeared in two games for the Kings before moving to Canberra in 1996 to attend the Australian Institute of Sport. There, he played alongside future Boomers teammate David Andersen.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Nielsen in 2009, with Valencia.

In 1997, Nielsen returned to the Sydney Kings and won the NBL Rookie of the Year Award. He played a further seven seasons with the Kings and helped the club win championships in 2003 and 2004. In 244 career games for the Kings over nine seasons, he averaged 17.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.[3]

In 2004, Nielsen began a decorative European career playing for PAOK Thessaloniki in Greece, Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania, Valencia in Spain,[4] Olympiacos Piraeus also in Greece, and Khimki in Russia.[5]

On 10 October 2013, Nielsen was named in the Sydney Kings 25th Anniversary Team.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

During the 2013–14 NBL season, Nielsen served as a big-man coach for the Perth Wildcats.[7][8]

In 2014, Nielsen joined the San Antonio Spurs coaching staff in a player development role, on a contract that ran through to the end of the 2015 NBA Summer League.[9][10]

On 29 July 2015, Nielsen returned to the Perth Wildcats, signing with the club as an assistant coach for the 2015–16 NBL season.[11]

Australian national team[edit]

Nielsen won the gold medal at the 1997 FIBA Under-21 World Championship with Australia's junior national team. He was also 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 Oceania Championship.

During the Boomers 2012 Olympic campaign, Australian Football League player Scott Pendlebury noted Nielsen's athletic ability, and mentioned that he could have played in Australian Football League, had he not chosen to play basketball.[12]

EuroLeague career statistics[edit]

  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, and regional competition if applicable.

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


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