The Adelaide 36ers have bolstered their backcourt after signing former NBA shooting guard Brandon Paul.
Paul, who replaces Donald Sloan, is a 6’4 guard who played 64 games for the San Antonio Spurs during the 2017/18 season. The 29-year-old American also boasts strong European pedigree, which Sixers General Manager of Basketball Jeff Van Groningen, believes will help him adapt to the NBL quickly.
“He has considerable international experience, having spent time in the NBA, Euroleague, Asia and the NBA G-League and from that he’s drawn an understanding of the game,” Van Groningen said.
“We believe this will assist him in making a smooth transition to this strong NBL competition.”
Paul had an impressive college career, culminating in being named Illinois Mr. Basketball for 2009.
He is the second player in the history of the University of Illinois to record 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 steals with his total of 1,654 points landing him a spot in the top 10 scorers at the University of all-time.
Following college, Paul had a number of stints with NBA teams in the Summer League but was unable to make it onto an NBA roster until 2017, when he was one of the stars of the pre-season showcase.
Paul averaged 15.6 points, 5.3 boards, 2.7 assists and almost 2 steals per game in the 2017 edition of the Summer League, earning him a spot on the roster for 2017/18.
Paul only lasted one season in the NBA before signing Zhejiang Golden Bulls in the Chinese Basketball Association. Throughout his time in China, Paul was electric, averaging 28 points per game in the 2018/19 season including a jaw-dropping 51 point triple double in a win over the Fujian Sturgeons, which also saw him collect 17 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals.
The signing of Brandon Paul is the second for the Adelaide side in a matter of weeks with the Sixers previously bringing in guard Jeremy Kendle.
Donald Sloan’s departure left a gap in the Sixers guard rotation, one that Chairman Grant Kelley believes Paul can fill.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Brandon’s talent join the club and look forward to him combining with Josh Giddey in our backcourt and strengthening our offensive capabilities,” Kelley said.
The Sixers are scheduled to take on fifth placed Sydney Kings this Sunday night, but fans will have to bide their time before Paul pulls on an Adelaide jersey, the club advising immigration and travel arrangements will mean that his arrival is delayed until later this month.