The Nelson Giants
The Nelson Giants is the only team to have continuously participated in the NZ National Basketball League since its inception in 1980.
The Nelson Giants have become one of the true success stories of New Zealand sport, establishing a reputation as the most successful and professionally run team in the league. We have a diverse target audience from families, life long fans and school children through to corporate groups and their clients.
Since 1994, the Nelson Giants have been in the play-offs thirteen of sixteen years, winning three national titles. A look in New Zealand’s sports history books, whether it is rugby, cricket, netball, soccer, tennis or basketball, shows there would be few other provincial towns, which have been so dominant in a National Provincial 1st Division competition.
Due to the on-going success and style of the Nelson Giants, the team has created a nationwide support base, attracting one of the largest home and away spectator numbers in the league as well as a huge amount of national and regional media interest. Locally the Nelson Giants continue to place considerable emphasis on coaching programmes and local charity work. In return, the Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast communities provide a type of home game fanaticism which is relished by the Nelson Giants and feared by the opposition.
Nelson Giants National League History
1982 Brent Wright Outstanding Guard, All Star 5
1984 Jacque Tuz All Star 5
1986 Frank Smith Outstanding Forward, All Star 5, Rebound Champion
1987 Frank Smith All Star 5
1990 NBL Runners Up Kenny Stone, Nenad Vucinic All Star 5
1992 Donnell Thomas Outstanding Forward, All Star 5
1994 NBL Champions Darryl Johnson All Star 5, Trevor Wright Coach of the Year
1996 NBL Runners Up, Phill Jones Kiwi MVP, Best NZ Guard, All Star 5, Nenad Vucinic Coach of the year
1997 NBL Runners Up, Phill Jones Best NZ Guard
1998 NBL Champions, Phill Jones Kiwi MVP, Outstanding Guard, Best NZ Guard, All Star 5; Nenad Vucinic Coach of the Year
1999 Phill Jones, All Star 5
2000 NBL Runners Up, Tony Rampton Kiwi MVP, Outstanding Forward,Best NZ Forward, All Star 5, Rebound Champion
2001 NBL Semi Finalists, Phill Jones Outstanding Guard, Best NZ Guard, All Star 5; Damon Rampton Best Rookie; Janie Granger Administrator of the Year
2002 NBL Runners Up, Ed Book Best NZ Forward, All Star 5; Janie Granger Administrator of the Year
2003 Janie Granger Administrator of the Year
2004 NBL Runners Up