The man they called “Outback Shaq”, Nathan Jawai quickly became a household name in Australian basketball as one of the most physically imposing players the country has ever produced.
After two years at the AIS, Jawai took the NBL by storm in his one season with the Cairns Taipans, winning the NBL Rookie of the Year award before joining the Indiana Pacers at selection 41 of the 2008 NBA Draft – the Pacers then on-traded Jawai to the Toronto Raptors on draft day. From here he moved to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2009/2010 NBA season.
A move to Europe followed, joining BC Partizan, where he helped the Serbian giants win their domestic title and the Adriatic League Championship.An injury-interrupted stint in Russia threatened to halt the progress of Jawai, but a dream move to Spanish powerhouse FC Barcelona Regal revitalised his career.
Coming off the bench, Jawai has become the Catalan club’s best impact player, starring in their Spanish and Euroleague title runs. This prompted a move to Turkish giants Galatasaray.