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Rhys Carter joins the Sydney Kings

The Sydney Kings are pleased to announce the team has added another important piece to an exciting 2015/2016 roster with the signing of experienced guard and two-time NBL champion Rhys Carter. The 31-year old began his career in the NBL with the Victoria Giants in 2002 and has played a total of 254 games for six NBL teams, including the New Zealand Breakers as part of their 2014/15 Championship-winning roster. As a backup to the League’s best point guard in Cedric Jackson, Carter showed great consistency last season, averaging 6.6 points per game, and was especially impressive in Game One of the Grand Final series when he contributed a key 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting off the bench, helping the Breakers grab a massive road victory. Carter is no stranger to Sydney basketball, having played three seasons for the West Sydney Razorbacks between 2005 and 2008, and was also a part of the South Dragons Championship team in 2008/2009 under legendary coach Brian Goorjian. Internationally, he has played for three clubs in Sweden over three separate years. Carter had a distinguished junior career, capped off in 2003 when he was a member of the Gold medal winning Australian Emus national team at the FIBA World Championships in Greece – a team that included NBA superstar Andrew Bogut and new Sydney Kings teammate Steve Markovic. His vast experience, ability to play both point and shooting guard and his unquestioned work ethic are all traits that Sydney Kings head coach Damian Cotter believes will be vitally important to his squad. “I think Rhys is a great pickup for us,” he said. “When you add him to the group we already have with Marcus Thornton, Steve Markovic and Jason Cadee, we feel like we have a strong back court rotation.” “He brings great maturity, he’s had some success, and I think he’s a really selfless individual who is happy to come in, play a role and lead by example.” Carter could hardly contain his excitement at joining the purple and gold. “I cannot wait to join the team. I think I can bring a little bit of everything to the Kings – I can slot in at different places, defend a couple of positions, and with the offensive talent we have I can go and spot up and hopefully knock down some shots," he said. “I played in some losing teams early in my career and was lucky to be on some winning teams the last few years, so I’ve learned a lot and I want to be a presence in the locker room and pass on some of my experiences to the younger guys.” Carter will join his teammates this week in preparation for the start of official training for the Kings, which commences Monday 24 August.
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