Summary: The highly decorated swingman enjoyed an excellent debut campaign with the Sydney Kings in 2016/2017, cut short thanks to a late season injury. He averaged 17.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 33 minutes per game while shooting 47% from the field, 80% from the free throw line and 32% from three point range, winning the Sydney Kings MVP award. Now fully healthy, he is an enormous key for Sydney. Brad is a noted baseline to baseline defender, is devastating in transition, an underrated perimeter shooter and works exceptionally hard every game.
Statistical highlights: Brad has played a total of 125 NBL games, with career averages of 18.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game. In the 2016/2017 season he led the Kings in scoring and assists, and finished sixth in the league in scoring, seventh in the league in assists and tenth in the league in steals. He had a season-high 34 points against the Perth Wildcats at Perth Arena in Round Seven.
Career highlights: Newley is considered one of Australia’s finest players. Domestically, he became the only player in NBL history to win Rookie of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year in the same season as a member of the Townsville Crocodiles in 2004/2005 and he won MVP at the 2005 NBL All Star Game. However, internationally is where he really flourished. He was drafted by the Houston Rockets in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft and has been a force in various powerful European leagues for over a decade, starring in Greece, Turkey, Lithuania and Spain. In addition, he has represented Australia with great distinction, winning a gold medal in 2003 with the Australian junior men’s team and he won a gold medal with the Australian Boomers at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He’s a two-time Olympian with appearances in Beijing (2008) and London (2012) and a three-time member of the Boomers’ FIBA World Cup teams (2006, 2010 and 2014).