NELSON, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 29: NBL Nelson Giants v Taranaki Mountainairs, April 29, 2017, Trafalgar Centre, Nelson, New Zealand. (NOTE: Editorial Use ONLY. (Photo by: Barry Whitnall Shuttersport Limited)
Mike Pero Nelson Giant Finn Delany in action earlier this month. Photo: Barry Whitnall/Shuttersport.

Finn finds rhythm with less minutes


It is no surprise that the Nelson Giants resurgence in the NBL has coincided with the return to form of Finn Delany.

After a breakout season with the New Zealand Breakers in the Australian NBL, Finn was surprisingly quiet at the start of the season.

The former Nelson College pupil played plenty of minutes and even whole games under former coach Alan McAughtry, but his production was way down.

Finn was playing 36 minutes on average under Alan, a stat which led many to believe he was being overworked and his performance was suffering as a result.

Now, with increased rest, he is being more productive and the Mike Pero Nelson Giants are reaping the rewards. Last week against the Taranaki Mountainairs he played 27 minutes and scored 19 points, nine rebounds and two assists.

Add to that the 30 points he scored in a losing effort against the Wellington Saints and it’s a far cry from what we were seeing.

Finn says the change in attitude has been subtle, like most of the changes.

“We just felt we were one of the youngest teams in the league so we have to start playing more upbeat.

“You look at all the changes and it’s easy to say they have a lot to do with it all, but really it’s just been little changes, working hard, and most of all, enjoying our basketball.”

Finn says the team always had self-belief but feels they now have the mix right to be more than competitive with any team.

“We’ve certainly looked at the way we started and changed things, but we’ve also kept some stuff that we were doing at the start of the year so it’s all a combination of things that are working for us at the moment.”