The Sky Sport Breakers have confirmed the signing of US point guard Peyton Siva as their first import for NBL22.
30-year-old Siva and his family are in a MIQ facility in Rotorua and will complete quarantine on Wednesday.
Siva arrives having played 26 games for EuroLeague club Alba Berlin last season, averaging 10.1 points, 5.2 assists, and 1.2 steals.
Siva became a free agent at the end of the 2021 season and was expected to stay in Europe before being snapped up by the Breakers.
“In all honesty, it was a bit of a shock for people in Europe and even internally that we managed to sign Peyton,” says Sky Sport Breakers Head Coach Dan Shamir.
“Peyton really wanted to be over here, and I believe we got a little bit lucky, but it’s part of the whole deal the Breakers have to offer.
“This is an attractive place for players like Peyton Siva to come and play.
“He’s a great fit for us because of his ability to run a team and lead our group but also because of his ability to score and create when we need him to.”
Siva was the 26th pick in the second round of the 2013 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons, playing 24 games.
He has spent the last six seasons in Europe and was the top scorer in the 2019 EuroCup, before helping Alba Berlin secure back-to-back German championships in 2020 and 2021.
Previously, he has won a NCAA championship with Louisville and, before that, was an All-American in High School.
Coach Shamir says Siva’s undeniable class will rub off on the whole team and, in particular, star guards Tai Webster and Will McDowell-White.
“Peyton is the best player to help Tai and Will get better. I also think he’s a great combination with Tai because he will take some load off him.
“I think Will and Peyton are going to be a fantastic combination at Point Guard.
“Everyone on our roster is going to benefit because both Peyton and Will are ’team first, pass first’ players who can create. They’re going to love playing together.”