Basketball: Pint-sized guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright pouring in points for struggling Breakers

NZ Breakers will be hoping to get their Australian NBL campaign back on track when they face the JackJumpers in Tasmania on Thursday. 

Sitting second-bottom on the ladder with just two wins under their belt, reaching the NBL playoffs is fast becoming a tall order for last season's finalists  

That's where their shortest player comes in – star point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright.

"I've been small for a long time," Jackson-Cartwright laughed.

The 170cm (5ft 9in) Californian may be relatively diminutive but the American import is towering above the entire league in the scoring department.

Jackson-Cartwright currently leads the competition, averaging 20.4 points per game.

"I just go out and play with a chip on my shoulder and know that this is what it is, but that I have advantages as well," he said.

"His speed and quickness out there is tough to handle," noted captain Tom Abercrombie. "He does a lot of great things for us."  

The Breakers will need Jackson-Cartwright to improve even further if they're to salvage their stuttering start to the season.

"Having belief in my teammates and having belief in me, that's what it's all about," said Jackson-Cartwright.

The Breakers need to stand tall or risk this bid for the title being cut short early.