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Nathan Jawai
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Minnesota Timberwolves  – No. 15
Born October 10, 1986 (1986-10-10) (age 23)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 275 lb (125 kg)
League National Basketball Association
High school Australian Institute of Sport
College Midland College
Midland, Texas
Draft 2nd round, (41st overall), 2008
Indiana Pacers
Pro career 2007–present
Former teams Cairns Taipans (2007–08)
Toronto Raptors (2008-09)
Idaho Stampede (2008-09)
Sioux Falls Skyforce (2010)
Awards 2007 NBL All-Star Game MVP
2007-08 NBL Rookie of the Year
2007-08 All- NBL Second-Team
Australian Boomers Team Member

Nathan Jawai (born October 10, 1986) is an Indigenous Australian professional basketball player with the Minnesota Timberwolves.



In the 2007–08 NBL season, Jawai averaged 17.26 points per game, 9.39 rebounds per game and 1 block per game in 30 minutes and shot 57% from the field, making him second in the league. His NBL career-high for points is 28, rebounds 18, and blocks is 3. He was drafted 41st overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers; however, his rights were traded to the Toronto Raptors in a deal that also brought Jermaine O'Neal to Toronto for T. J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovič, Maceo Baston, and the Raptors' 17th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft who turned out to be Roy Hibbert.[1][2]

Soon after the trade the Raptors announced they had signed Jawai to a two-year deal on July 11, 2008.[1]

Nicknamed the "Aussie Shaq", "Outback Shaq", and "Baby Shaq" due to his resemblance to Shaquille O'Neal,[3] Jawai claims to not like the nicknames or comparisons to O'Neal.[4] He is also nicknamed by TSN commentators 'Big Nate'.[5]

On December 17, 2008, Jawai was cleared to resume training after enduring a worrisome period in which he was not allowed to undergo physical activity. Jawai was required to 'rest', due to a routine pre-season test, revealing a cardiac abnormality. [6]

On January 21, 2009, Jawai made his NBA debut against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.[7]

On February 26, 2009, Jawai was assigned by the Toronto Raptors to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League.[8] In his first start (his second game), he registered 12 points, 5 rebounds and a team-high 3 blocks in a 104–96 Idaho win over Utah.[9] Jawai was recalled from the D-League on March 23, 2009.[10]

On July 9, 2009, Nathan Jawai was traded to the Dallas Mavericks as a part of the four-team deal among Raptors, Mavericks, Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies.[11]

On October 20, 2009, Jawai was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a conditional second-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.[12]

On November 8, 2009, Jawai played arguably the best game of his NBA career, scoring a team-high 16 points and grabbing six rebounds in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers.[13]

On February 19, 2010, Jawai was sent to the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League for a short stint.[14] He was recalled on February 21, 2010.[15]

NBA career statistics

  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  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2008–09 Toronto 6 0 3.2 .250 .000 .000 .3 .0 .0 .0 .3
Career 6 0 3.2 .250 .000 .000 .3 .0 .0 .0 .3
Statistics are correct as of the end of the 2008-09 NBA season.


External links

Jawai, Nathan Photo Gallery -



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