Player

Mitch Creek

South East Melbourne Phoenix DOB: 27 April 1992 Height: 196cm Position: Guard/Forward Number: 7

 

 

 

 

Hometown: Horsham, Vic

Current Club: Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)

International Debut: 2016

Biography

Born and raised in Horsham, Victoria, Creek represented Victoria Country at the Under-16 and Under-18 National Championships before training with the Australian under-19 squad and earning an AIS scholarship in 2009 where he averaged 14.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game in SEABL.

In addition to playing for the AIS in 2010, Creek also guided Victoria Country to a gold medal at the Under-20 National Championships and dominated for the Australian Emus at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament where he was named the MVP as the Emus won gold/

In 2011, Creek helped Victoria Country win back-to-back gold medals at the Under-20 National Championships and subsequently won the Bob Staunton Award after averaging 19 points, 7.6 rebounds and three assists per game.

Creek then made his NBL debut for the Adelaide 36ers, a team he has since represented every year which included a Grand Final appearance in 2013-14.

During the NBL off-seasons, he has competed in SEABL and the SA Premier League where he was awarded the Grand Final MVP, league MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and All-Star Five honours in 2015-16.

In 2016, he was named captain of the 36ers and was invited to participate in a free agent mini-camp run by the Utah Jazz before joining the Jazz's Summer League team.

Creek then represented the Boomers at the FIBA 2017 Asia Cup and led them to the gold medal with a performance that put him on the international map and helped him secure a spot in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers beginning in November, 2017. Creek was a key player during the 15-month long qualifying tournament, averaging 14 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for the Boomers.

After a career best season in the NBL in 2018 in which he was named to the All-NBL Second Team, Creek decided to go all-in on his dream of playing in the NBA.

In June 2018, Creek suited up for the Dallas Mavericks summer league team. Creek's play led to a spot on the roster of the Long Island Nets, who are the Brookyln Nets' G-League affiliate.

The Horsham born forward played the first few months of the G-League season for the Long Island Nets, before his dream of making the NBA became a reality after he signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

Creek's best performance with the Nets came against the Milwaukee Bucks on February 4th, when he played 15 minutes off the bench to tally eight points, four rebounds and three assists. Creek's strong play led to a second 10-day contract before he was waived by the team on February 8th.

In December 2018, Creek was announced as the first marquee signing of the South East Melbourne Phoenix in the NBL. The contract includes an NBA out-clause as he continues to chase his dream of playing in the NBA.

Upon returning to the Long Island Nets, Creek continued to impress as he helped lead the team to the G-League playoffs while averaging 15.3 and 5.5 rebounds per game. On March 31, 2019, Creek's hard work was rewarded once again as he signed a 10-day contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

2010-2018 - Adelaide 36ers (NBL)
2019 - Brooklyn Nets (NBA)
2018-2019 - Long Island Nets (G-League)
2019 - Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
2019 - South East Melbourne Phoenix (NBL)

Major Awards:

Albert Schweitzer Tournament MVP: 2010
U20 Australian Championships (Gold): 2010, 2011
SA Premier League MVP: 2016
SA Premier League Defensive Player of the Year: 2016
Adelaide 36ers Captain: 2016
All-NBL Second team: 2018
FIBA Asia Cup (Gold): 2017