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It's official: 'Horsham Hurricane' now a Net


 THE dream now officially is a reality for former Adelaide 36ers captain Mitch Creek, with   the NBA's Brooklyn Nets today confirming they have signed the 196cm Boomers'   swingman.

Creek, 26, arguably was the best Australian in the NBL last season, winning the People's Choice MVP award for the league while also claiming the 36ers' club MVP award.

Last year, he was unlucky not to be named in the All Star Five at the FIBA Asia Cup where he steered the Boomers to the Gold - his Stars omission another politically-motivated FIBA stuff up - and he again elevated his game with the Dallas Mavericks at the NBA's Summer League in Las Vegas this year.

In New York, the Brooklyn Nets today announced they had signed Creek and guard Jordan McLaughlin. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released.

In the club's official release, it said: "Creek (6’5”, 216), joins the Nets after spending the last eight seasons playing internationally for both Adelaide of the Australian National Basketball League (2010-18) and BG Gottingen of the German Basketball League (2018).

"Overall, the Australian native appeared in 200 games (101 starts) for Adelaide, averaging 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 21.0 minutes per contest.

"In 2017-18, Creek was named to the All-NBL Second Team after guiding Adelaide to the finals of the NBL playoffs.

NEW YORK BOUND: Mitch Creek with his Brooklyn Nets contract and Mogul Sports' Stephen Kellis and Jye Watson.

"He concluded the season ranked second on his team in points (14.8) and steals (1.2), third in rebounds (6.0) and fourth in assists (2.6). He then averaged 11.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 21.4 minutes per contest in seven games for BG Gottingen.

"In international competition, Creek won a Gold Medal in 2017 while representing Australia in the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon.

"Creek was also a member of the Dallas Mavericks’ 2018 Las Vegas Summer League team, appearing in five games and averaging 6.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in 18.0 minutes per game."

The deal is likely to be a two-way contract with Brooklyn's G-League affiliate the Long Island Nets.

It is a terrific reward for the young man who came to Adelaide from Horsham in country Victoria, as a wide-eyed teenager in awe of players such as Adam Ballinger and Jacob Holmes.

Under first Marty Clark, then moreso under the tutelage of Joey Wright, Creek has blossomed into a quality all-rounder and leader who once dreamt his #55 jersey would one day be retired by the 36ers to join those of Mark Davis #33, Brett Maher #5, Al Green #15 and Darryl Pearce #4 in the Titanium Security Arena rafters.

Sixers fans will only wish him the very best for the next stage of his epic basketball journey.

Aug 21

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