Career

Playing career   2010–present

NBL

  • 2010–present     Adelaide 36ers

SEABL

  • 2014 Nunawading Spectres

CABL – Premier League (Basketball SA)

  • 2011 South Adelaide Panthers
  • 2012 Woodville Warriors
  • 2016 Southern Tigers

NBA Summer League

  • 2017 Utah Jazz

Awards

  • 2010 Albert Schweitzer Tournament MVP
  • 2010 Albert Schweitzer Tournament All Star 5 (power forward)
  • 2010 Under 20 National Championships
  • 2011 Under 20 National Championships
  • 2011 Bob Staunton Medal
  • 2014 All SEABL Team
  • 2014/15 Most Improved (Adelaide 36ers) – Club Award
  • 2016 Premier League Champion
  • 2016 Premier League Season MVP
  • 2016 Premier League Finals MVP
  • 2016/17 Best Defensive Player (Adelaide 36ers) – Club Award
  • 2017 FIBA Asia Cup Champions

History

Creek was picked up by the Adelaide 36ers of the National Basketball League for the 2010–11 NBL season, and made his debut for the club on 3 December 2010 against the Townsville Crocodiles. In 21 minutes of action off the bench, he recorded seven points and three steals in a 92–79 win. As a rookie, he appeared in 20 games for the 36ers, averaging 5.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

Following the 2010–11 NBL season, Creek remained in Adelaide and played for the South Adelaide Panthers of the Central ABL. His strong play with the 36ers earned him a spot on the Australian Emus squad for the 2011 FIBA Under-19 World Championship.

In 2011–12, Creek appeared in all 28 games for the 36ers, averaging 5.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He again played in the Central ABL during the 2012 off-season, appearing in five games for the Woodville Warriors.

In 2012–13, Creek’s season with the 36ers was cut short after rupturing his Achilles tendon on 15 December 2012. He subsequently missed out on participating in the 2012 NBL All-Star Slam Dunk Contest. In 12 games, he averaged 5.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

On 24 April 2013, Creek re-signed with the 36ers for the 2013–14 NBL season. He returned to action in 2013–14 and appeared in all but one game for the 36ers, showing no ill-effects from his Achilles injury. He helped lead the 36ers to the Grand Final where they were defeated 2–1 by the Perth Wildcats. In 33 games during the season, he averaged then career highs of 7.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

During the 2014 off-season, Creek played in the SEABL for the Nunawading Spectres, helping the team reach the grand final where they lost to the Mount Gambier Pioneers.

On 14 May 2014, Creek re-signed with the 36ers on a two-year deal (with the option of a third). In 2014–15, he averaged career highs of 11.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 26 games. For the 2015 off-season, he returned to the Woodville Warriors.

In 2015–16, Creek averaged 9.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 26 games. For the 2016 off-season, he joined the Southern Tigers of the SA Premier League and helped them win the title. He earned Premier League Grand Final MVP, league MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and All-Star Five honours.

On 2 May 2016, Creek signed a three-year contract extension with the 36ers. He was later named team captain for the 2016–17 season. On 16 October 2016, he was ruled out for eight weeks after sustaining a stress fracture in his right foot against Melbourne United two days earlier. Creek returned to action on 10 December 2016, scoring 14 points off the bench in a 102–92 win over the New Zealand Breakers. Creek went on to help the 36ers claim their first regular season championship since 2000 with a 17–11 record in 2016–17. In 21 games, he averaged 12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

In the 2017 NBL off season, Creek was invited to participate in a free agent mini-camp run by the Utah Jazz before joining the Jazz’s Summer League team. In his last game of the NBA Summer League, Creek recorded 10 points (5/6 FG) and six rebounds in 16 minutes of playing time, in his final Summer League game with the Utah Jazz.

Mitch Creek was also selected to be a part of the Australian Boomers Squad in the first FIBA Asia Cup, where Australia took home the gold. Creek averaged 14.7 points with 5.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Creek dominated in the tournament with his strongest showing against Chinese Taipei where Creek scored a game high 22 points on a perfect 9-of-9 shooting.