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NZ Breakers sign NBA draftee Mojave King

Updated: Apr 23

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Mojave King brings previous ANBL and NBL G-League experience to the NZ Breakers. PHOTO: NZ BREAKERS

A New Zealand-born basketballer who the Los Angeles Lakers selected in the 2023 NBA Draft has signed a one-year deal with the NZ Breakers. 

Mojave King, 21, was born in Dunedin to a Kiwi mother and American father, Leonard King, who had a successful career in the National Basketball League (NBL) with the Otago Nuggets.

Named after the Mojave Desert, King moved to Australia at four and has previously played in the Australian National Basketball League (ANBL) as a 'Next Star' player for the Cairns Taipans and Adelaide 36ers.

The shooting guard will join the Breakers after a season with the Indiana Mad Ants in the NBA G-League.

King is in exalted company, with NBA champion and Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks and Kiwi hoops icon Steven Adams as the only other New Zealand-born basketballers to hear their names called in the NBA Draft.

“I’ve signed with the Breakers because I’ve had some excellent conversations with head coach Mody Maor,” said King from his Indianapolis base.

“Mody is a big reason why I decided to sign. His vision and the way he’s going to try to make the team play next season is everything I want to be a part of in my basketball career.”

Maor, entering his sixth season with the Breakers, has established himself as one of the ANBL’s premier coaches. He has a proven reputation for advancing the skills of all players who sign for the club.

In King, he sees another player who will only get better by playing a season in the ANBL for the Breakers.

“We are betting that Mojave’s best basketball is ahead of him. He’s been in the process of finding the right basketball home for some time,” said Maor.

“We feel there is much more to Mojave on both sides of the court. He has incredible natural gifts - size, feel, shooting, and athletic abilities, but they haven’t been consistently displayed in a winning basketball environment yet.”

King brings to the Breakers the experience of playing 56 ANBL games with the Taipans and 36ers across two seasons. His best performance was a 25-point haul against the Brisbane Bullets in 2021.

His best performance against the Breakers was 15 points for the 36ers in Hobart two years ago.

King averaged 19.7 minutes of game-time over 45 games across two seasons in the G-League, scoring 6.7 points and 3.4 rebounds. He admitted he was determined to improve those numbers with the Breakers.

“A big thing for me coming to the Breakers will be to improve my consistency,” he said. “Mody has a really clear vision of how he wants to use me, and it aligns with the things that are important to me.”

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Mojave King is the fourth player to sign for the NZ Breakers in 2024-25. PHOTO: ANBL

Maor was also convinced he could get consistently good performances out of King.

“There’s a wealth of untapped potential, which is something that we are very interested in seeing inside our system and environment."

King is the fourth player signed to the 11-man Breakers’ roster for NBL25. He joins marque signing and All-NBL First Team selection Parker Jackson-Cartwright, new Kiwi signing Sam Mennenga and returning Australian Dane Pineau.

More player announcements are expected in the coming weeks, and the squad is expected to assemble for the first time in early-August in Auckland.


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