Andrew Gaze ‘Drewy’

Andrew Gaze is the greatest basketball player in the history of Australia’s National Basketball League. Gaze did not have a fancy nickname and was simply known as ‘Drewy’. Even though he didn’t have a flashy nickname, he was an unbelievable player and the most amazing shooter Australia has produced.

Gaze was the Michael Jordan of the NBL and was the league scoring champion a record 16 times and was also named NBL MVP a record seven times.

Gaze played in five Olympic Games, and for the Sydney Games in 2000 he was selected as flag-bearer for the Australian Olympic team. Gaze also represented his country in four FIBA World Championships and is the second highest scorer ever.

In addition to his playing career in the NBL, Gaze played multiple seasons overseas, including playing professionally in Europe, with Italian club Udine, and Greek club Apollon Patras. Gaze also played in the NBA with the Washington Bullets, and with the San Antonio Spurs where he won an NBA championship.

 

Career achievements and awards:

  • NBA champion (1999)
  • Australian national team captain (1994-2000)
  • 2x NBL champion (1993, 1997)
  • 7x NBL MVP (1991,1992,1994-1998)
  • 16x NBL scoring champion (1986-2001)
  • 15x All-NBL First Team (1986-2000)
  • 2x NBL All-Star Game MVP (1989, 1992)
  • NBL Rookie of the Year (1984)
  • FIBA’s 50 Greatest players (1991)
  • Australian Basketball Hall of Fame (2004)
  • Sport Australia Hall of Fame (2005)
  • FIBA Hall of Fame (2013)
  • Australian record of 5 Olympic participations for a basketball player (1984,1988,1992,1996 and 2000)
  • 6x Australian International Player of the Year (1990,1994,1995,1996,1998 and 2000)

 

Gaze was not known for having outstanding athleticism or jumping ability, but there are a few rare videos of him dunking, including this effort where he posterizers the defender.

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