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Nesbitt Signs With Paulista In Brazil

By RENALDO DORSETT

Tribune Sports Reporter

rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

DAVID Nesbitt is on the move for the third time in as many years in Brazil's pro basketball league, the Novo Basquete Brasil (NBB).

The veteran forward signed with Sport Club Corinthians Paulista for the 2019-20 season.

In 37 games for Flamengo Basketball Club last season, Nesbitt averaged 7.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in just over 17 minutes per game en route to the team claiming the league title in a five-game series over Sesi Franca BC in May. He shot 56 per cent from the field, 33 per cent from three-point range and 83 per cent from the free throw line.

It was the second consecutive NBB championship for Nesbitt.

Flamengo began the playoffs with a three-game sweep over Corinthians. Nesbitt averaged 11.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in the series, highlighted by a 22 point, four rebound performance in the series opener. They went on to defeat Botafogo FR 3-1 in the semi-finals. Nesbitt averaged eight points per game in the series.

In 2018, Nesbitt won his first NBB title with Paulistano Sao Paulo. He averaged 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds for the series in a 3-1 over Mogi.

In 39 NBB games he averaged 8.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He was voted to the Brazilian All-Star Game and All-Imports Team.

His international career has spanned three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in four different countries. Nesbitt has previously played professionally in Argentina (Olimpico de La Banda), Iraq (Al Mina), Kazakhstan (Kaspiy Aktau) and Uruguay (Goes). Prior to Brazil, Nesbitt played for Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda in the Argentinian LigaA.

In 32 games with the club, he averaged 9.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

Earlier in the season, he was also a key component for Goes Montevideo in Uruguay's (LUB).

In 19 games he averaged 15.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

Nesbitt spent the previous season in the Iraqi Superleague with Al Mina. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.

Nesbitt was also voted to Asia-Basket.com's Iraqi League All-Imports Team and All-Second Team.

He has also played professionally in Kazakhstan for Kaspiy Aktau.

Most recently, he participated with the men's national team at the FIBA World Cup Americas Qualifiers where he averaged 6.1 points and 5.8 rebounds through the first two windows.

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