Tony Ronaldson

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Tony Ronaldson
Personal information
Born (1972-05-25) 25 May 1972 (age 44)
Adelaide, South Australia
Nationality Australian
Listed height 203 cm (6 ft 8 in)
Listed weight 145 kg (320 lb)
Career information
College Arizona State (1991–1992)
Playing career 1990–2010
Position Power forward
Career history
1990–1991 Eastside Spectres
1992–1998 South East Melbourne Magic
1998–2002 Victoria Titans
2002–2007 Perth Wildcats
2007–2010 New Zealand Breakers
2010 Waikato Pistons
Career highlights and awards

Anthony Dean Ronaldson (born 25 May 1972) is an Australian former professional basketball player who played the majority of his career in the Australian National Basketball League (NBL).

Playing career[edit]

Ronaldson attended the Australian Institute of Sport in 1989.[1] He made his NBL debut in 1990 with the now-defunct Eastside Spectres and was a member of the Spectres Grand Final team that lost to the Perth Wildcats in 1991. When the Spectres merged with the Southern Melbourne Saints in 1992, Ronaldson was one of the players to be signed to the newly created South East Melbourne Magic. During his time with the Magic, Ronaldson competed in another four Grand Finals including two NBL championships in 1992 and 1996. When the Magic also merged with another club in 1998–99, this time with cross-town rivals the North Melbourne Giants, Ronaldson once again signed with the resulting team: the Victoria Titans. Ronaldson eventually left the team in 2002. Ronaldson signed with the Perth Wildcats for 2002–03 season. Following the retirement of Ricky Grace, Ronaldson captained the club in 2005–06, but was replaced by Paul Rogers the following season.

Ronaldson left the Wildcats after the 2006–07 season and signed with the New Zealand Breakers.[2] Ronaldson ended his NBL career following the 2009–10 season, finishing with 665 games and averages of 15.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.[3] Ronaldson has more wins than anyone else in NBL history with 430 victories from his 665 game career at a success rate of 64.66%.[4][5]

NBL records[edit]

Ronaldson's 665 games leads the NBL for most games played all-time. He is also the fifth-highest scorer in the NBL with 10,154 points, and also holds the sixth-highest record for defensive rebounds with 2,642.[6]

National team career[edit]

In addition to his NBL career, Ronaldson represented his country at a national level on numerous occasions including the 1996 Olympic Games (in which he made a spectacular four-point play in the dying seconds against Croatia to give the Boomers a berth in the Bronze medal game), 2004 Olympic Games and the 2006 Commonwealth Games.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002. ISBN 174013060X. 
  2. ^ "Breakers bag Bear". NBL.com.au. Archived from the original on 2007-03-16. Retrieved 2007-03-14. 
  3. ^ Player statistics for Tony Ronaldson
  4. ^ CEDRIC THE SUCCESSFUL
  5. ^ Deane, Steve (1 November 2008). "Basketball: Plenty of growl left in Bear as he gazes at latest record". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  6. ^ TOP ALL TIME PLAYER PERFORMANCES
  7. ^ Boomers Olympic History

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Awards
Preceded by
Ricky Grace
Captain of the Perth Wildcats
2005/06
Succeeded by
Paul Rogers