Anonymous
Years ago

All time NBL top 10 imports

My all time nbl top 10 imports are:

1. leroy loggins
2. derek rucker
3. robert rose
4. lanard copeland
5. al green
6. carl bruton
7. james crawford
8 james innis
9 bruce bolden
10 daryl mcdonald

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orbit  
Years ago

Would have Ricky Grace b4 Al Green.

James Ennis after 1 season?

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paul  
Years ago

This is so hard to do, because you have to balance brilliance and longevity. You almost have to have a top 10 for each.

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Melbourne Boy  
Years ago

You want the best, eg. Talent or the best impact which includes longevity? On talent Steven Jackson would be #1.

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Tornado  
Years ago

If you're going on 1 season then Chris Williams would have to get included.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Maley, Fisher and maybe even Cal Bruton could be considered. Early days Rocky Smith from St Kilda

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great group  
Years ago

1. Loggins
2. Green
3. Rose
4. Crawford
5. Mcdonald
6. Mark Davis
7.Ricky Grace
8. Fisher
9. Copeland
10. Bolden/Maley

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great group  
Years ago

Whoops, edit

10. Cal Bruton
11. Derek Rucker
12. Bruce Bolden
13. Maley
14. Butch Hays
15. Kevin Brooks


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Train  
Years ago

So hard to choose just 10.
Loggins
Grace
Rose
Crawford
D-Mac
Rucker
Ennis
Williams
Copeland
Fisher

Douglas Overton, Bolden, Cal Bruton , Davis, Melvin Thomas , Steve Woodberry and Darnell Mee for honourable mentions

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great group  
Years ago

I tried to not include great players, who only played for a short period because being involved in the league long term racking up stats against anyone is worthy of a higher honour imo

how people can not have Mark Davis, right up the list is amazing?
look at his career stats & he won two championships also

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paul  
Years ago

Here's my top 10 and 20, trying the balance between longevity and talent, although I think it will always be balanced to long-term performances.

Loggins
R Smith
C Williams
Green
Grace
McClain
Jackson
Rose
Davis
Fisher

Next in line (in no particular order): McDonald, Overton, Ennis, Copeland, Clarke, Mee, Bruton, Crawford, M Thomas and by the end of this season Childress.

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great group  
Years ago

some interesting stats for NBL Imports
I reckon these are from leaders for a full NBL season

It gives thought for a few extra names?


1. All time 3 point shoot Bruton,Fisher,Hays,Ballinger

2. Free throws Reg Biddings from Fisher,Loggins,Bruton,Woodberry & Rucker

3. Field Goal Mark Davis from Crawford & Clarence Tyson

4. Blocks James Crawford from Willie Simmons

5. Steals Loggins from McDonald & Rose

6. Rebounds Mark Davis from Reggie Smith & Clarence Tyson

7. Scorer Cal Bruton from Randy Rutherfurd, Brian Wethers, Cortez Groves, Ebi Eyre, Kirk Penny, Garry Ervin, Kevin Lisch

So Reg Biddings, Clarence Tyson, Reggie Smith, Randy Rutherfurd, Brian Wethers, Ebi Eyre for sure, Kirk Penny, Ervin & Lisch all quality imports also


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djmojofosho  
Years ago

1. Loggins
2. McClain
3. Rucker
4. Grace
5. Crawford
6. Dmac
7. Jent
8. Ebi
9. Ennis
10. Rodnei Clarke
11. Childress Soon to be

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NBL Fan  
Years ago

Really, James Innis? Learn to spell.

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Train  
Years ago

Herb Mceachin is another name I'd throw out there. Redhage would be in my Top 20 somewhere. OP : great thread btw, it's made me think way back and remember all the legends who have played NBL

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Anonymous  
Years ago

everyone would probably agrees that loggins is the best ever
nbl import.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Loggins is the best ever NBL player. Was brilliant at both ends of the court and did it for 21 seasons. Gaze was a great scorer no doubt but could not guard the other teams best player which Leroy did all the time while getting his points.

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Train  
Years ago

I was going to mention Cecil Exum, but I don't think I can include anyone in my Top 10 that got dunked on by Gaze ;) /Stir

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HoldenV8  
Years ago

For the record I'm including those who started off as imports and later played as naturalised Aussies.

1. Leroy Loggins
2. Mark Davis
3. Ricky Grace
4. James Crawford
5. Scott Fisher
6. Al Green
7. Robert Rose
8. Kevin Brooks
9. Darnell Mee
10. Lanard Copeland

Just missing my cut were Derek Rucker, Willie Simmons, Herb Mceachin, Cal Bruton, Darryl McDonald.

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Dane Suttle  
Years ago

Anyone mention Dane Suttle?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

train. cecil exum was only a role player during his nbl career.

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Train  
Years ago

Anon 1435 : I was being sarcastic ;) I was poking fun at another thread about Gaze dunking on him (or not dunking on him for) :)

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orbit  
Years ago

Correct me if i'm wrong pls but Cecil never played as an import?

Was an import at Bulleen & went to NM Giants as an aussie?

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Train  
Years ago

Possibly, but once again I was just being sarcastic :P

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Bol Bol  
Years ago

Train your top ten list is pretty spot on for mine.
OP im sure it must have been an oversight to leave out grace in your list he was a better player than rucker

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Anonymous  
Years ago

1. Joe Shipp

2. Scott Christopherson

3. CJ Black

4. Dewey Michaels

5. Craig Winder

6. Ernest Nzigamazbo

7. Thalo Green

8. Ryan Mendez

9. Showron Glover

10. Jason Sedlock

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paul  
Years ago

Nziggy doesn't deserve to be in that list, he could play, but swap him for Sunday Adebayo and I'm happy!

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Include Ken Richardson in that group. NBL All Star, championship winning coach, MVP of the league!

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Anonymous  
Years ago

1. Leroy Loggins
2. Mark Davis
3. James Crawford
4. Robert Rose
5. Scott Fisher
6. Darryl McDonald
7. Ricky Grace
8. Al Green
9. Bruce Bolden
10. Lanard Copeland

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Jason  
Years ago

Melvin Thomas getting very little love on this sit, this guy put a big numbers for a number of years. Guys like Ennis come in 1 year and your blowing your load over them

First played in the NBL - 1992
Career which spans 15 years in the League
Clubs played for: Wollongong Hawks 1992-95 & 1999/00-2002/03, Sydney Kings 1996-1997, Canberra Cannons 1998-98/99, Cairns Taipans 2003/04-2005/06
NBL Championships: 2001 with Wollongong

Career highlights:

All-NBL first team 1993
All-NBL second team 1994,1995
All-NBL third team 1992,1996, 1998/99, 2001
NBL All-Star game 1992, 1994-96
Four times NBL player of the month
Third in NBL MVP award 1993,1994
Ranked 7th in NBL for blocked shots 2004
4th leading scorer for the Taipans in 2004/05, shooting at 44.9% from the floor

Career Stats (includes play-off matches):

Played: 432 NBL matches

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Anonymous  
Years ago

how about issac burton? He was excellent for the sydney kings

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