6 Jarrod Kenny

Jarrod Kenny
nzlNew Zealand
Current Team
Past Teams
Giants, Nuggets, Hawks
National Basketball League (NBL)
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022


From 2002 to 2008, Kenny split time between playing for the Harbour Heat and earning his physiotherapy degree at the Auckland University of Technology.

In December 2008, Kenny signed with the Hawke’s Bay Hawks for the 2009 New Zealand NBL season. He became a staple with the Hawks, spending the next seven seasons with the team.

On 29 December 2014, Kenny signed with Licher BasketBären of the German ProB. He appeared in 12 games for Licher, averaging 6.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He returned to New Zealand in early April for the start of the 2015 NBL season.

On 2 November 2015, Kenny signed with the Nelson Giants for the 2016 season. He joined the Giants on 23 March 2016. He appeared in 14 games for the Giants in 2016, averaging 8.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game.[10]

On 20 September 2016, Kenny signed with the Hawke’s Bay Hawks for the 2017 season, returning to the franchise after an injury-plagued 2016 season. On 1 April 2017, he recorded 22 points and 15 assists in the Hawks’ 102–91 loss to the Wellington Saints. With the Hawks in 2017, Kenny averaged career-best numbers with 12.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists over 15 games.

On 14 November 2017, Kenny re-signed with the Hawks for the 2018 season. He returned to the Hawks for the 2019 season

In June 2020, Kenny was acquired by the Otago Nuggets for the 2020 season. In his 19th season in the league, he won his first championship.

In February 2021, Kenny signed to return to the Hawks for the 2021 season.


Kenny began playing for the New Zealand Junior Tall Blacks in 2002 and went on to represent the New Zealand university national team at the 2007 World University Championships in Bangkok. He made his senior team debut in 2009 at the FIBA Oceania Championship, going on to represent the Tall Blacks at the 2011 FIBA Oceania Championship2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament2013 FIBA Oceania Championship2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship. He was ruled out of the Tall Blacks’ 2016 Olympic campaign due to injury.


Kenny spent multiple seasons with the New Zealand Breakers as a practice squad player, but never got the call up to the top group. After impressing during the 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship, Kenny signed with the Perth Wildcats for the 2015–16 NBL season on 1 September 2015. Kenny helped the Wildcats win the NBL Championship in March 2016 with a 2–1 grand final series win over the New Zealand Breakers. He appeared in all 34 games for the Wildcats in 2015–16, averaging 4.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, earning the club’s Coaches’ Award at the end-of-season MVP Ball.

On 11 May 2016, Kenny re-signed with the Wildcats on a three-year deal. Despite his minutes decreasing in 2016–17, Kenny remained a crucial figure in the rotation; his hard-nosed defensive aptitude, team-first mindset and likening for the big moment have made him a firm favourite of coach Trevor Gleeson. The Wildcats went on to win the NBL Championship in March 2017. In 30 games, he averaged 4.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

He appeared in all 30 games for the Wildcats in 2017–18, averaging 5.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

On 26 April 2018, Kenny signed a two-year deal with the Cairns Taipans. On 6 August 2020, Kenny re-signed with the Taipans for the 2020–21 NBL season. On 24 July 2021, Kenny re-signed with the Taipans for the 2021–22 NBL season, Kenny’s fourth season with the Taipans.

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