The NBL’s newest team, the South East Melbourne Phoenix have added another guard to its inaugural roster with the signing of former Melbourne United championship winner Kyle Adnam to a two-year deal.
Originally from Kilsyth, Adnam was a member of Melbourne’s 2018 Championship team before joining the Sydney Kings where he played a vital role off the bench last season.
Phoenix Head Coach Simon Mitchell noted Adnam’s fan base in the area.
“Kyle may be the most popular player in South East Melbourne. A Kilsyth kid now coming home, there’s undoubtedly a little romance to it,” explained Mitchell.
“Kyle and I worked together for three seasons at Melbourne United. He is a player I trust, and I know we are on the same wavelength when it comes to team values and what it takes to win in this league.
“But he is also here because he was one of the most productive back-up guards in the league last year. His trajectory is tracking in the right direction, and I look forward to this continuing in a Phoenix uniform.”
The 25-year-old Adnam played a vital role for the Sydney Kings last season with his high energy and scoring punch (6.7 points per game) off the bench.
After beginning his NBL career in 2013/14 as a development player for the Adelaide 36ers, Adnam moved to the Wollongong Hawks before playing three seasons with Melbourne United.
Adnam’s offense is well-known, but it’s his recent growth on the defensive end that has encouraged Phoenix’s coaching staff.
“I took a lot of enjoyment watching his development this year at Sydney, particular the strides he took at the defensive end of the floor,” Mitchell said.
“He has always been a very good offensive player with lots of flair, but we are starting to see the positive outcomes at the defensive end from the years of hard work he has put into developing his strength.”
Adnam joins Mitch Creek, Tai Wesley, Adam Gibson, Daniel Trist, Dane Pineau and Chima Moneke on the South East Melbourne Phoenix roster.