No More Balls
Ballinger joined the Sixers for the 2007-2008 season and won four consecutive clum MVP's. The season just gone was the first time in his tenure that he didn't take the trophy home and he had a decent excuse- he only played 8 games. These are his numbers for his 5 years with Adelaide.
*In 2009-2010 the league went to 40min games
22.5pts on 17.2 FGA @ 54.1%
20.4pts on 15.8 FGA @ 50.8%
17.6pts on 13.8 FGA @ 51.9%
15.3pts on 12.3 FGA @ 54.2%
5.5pts on 7.1 FGA @ 33%
I was hopeful the 36ers would be able to convince him to stay and accept a bench role but obviously there were still teams (or at least 1) who think he's still got plenty in the tank and will pay him accordingly. There aren't loads of naturalised Americans like Adam Ballinger in the league and his loss will be a double whammy as currently the 36ers have no back up bigs and they'll be hard pressed to find an "Aussie" who can bring to the table what he did.
All the best, Balls. One of my favourites.