National Basketball League (NBL) 2021-22

The 2021-22 NBL Grand Final Series saw the Sydney Kings defeat the Tasmania JackJumpers 3 – 0 for their 4th Championship title 

The National Basketball League (NBL) is the premier professional men’s basketball tournament held in Australasia. Inaugurated in 1979 the competition currently pits nine NBL teams – up from eight for the 2019/20 NBL season on – against each other across the season for the Championship title.

For the 2021-22 NBL Season, a tenth club entered the competition with the addition of the Tasmania JackJumpers who made it all the way to the Grand Final Series only to go down 3 – 0 to the Sydney Kings.

The regular NBL season runs from October to February of the following calendar year across a 28 week regular season that sees each team have 14 home games and 14 away clashes.

The 2020-21 NBL season start was delayed and got underway in mid-January due to COVID-19 interruptions to the schedule.

The NBL Finals traditionally take place from late February – March to decide the NBL Champions and are played between the top four teams on the NBL Ladder at the end of the regular season. Originally the NBL season ran during the winter, but since in the 1998-99 season it has run over the summer to avoid a clash with the famous Aussie football codes over the winter including the NRL and AFL whose Grand Finals are held in October.

This is a far cry from the NBL’s American counterpart – the NBA – which features a huge 82 game season and features the world’s premier pro-basketballers.

2021-22 NBL Grand Final Series Result: Sydney Kings defeat Tasmania JackJumpers 3 – 0

The NBL 2021-22 Grand Final Series saw the Sydney Kings take on the league’s newest team with the Tasmania JackJumpers and dominate with a 3 – 0 series victory for their 4th title.

  • NBL Grand Final Teams: Sydney Kings vs Tasmania JackJumpers
  • Champions: Sydney Kings (4th title)
  • Games Played: 3
  • Series Result: Sydney Wins the Series 3 – 0

The current NBL Teams are the:

  • Adelaide 36ers
  • Brisbane Bullets
  • Cairns Taipans
  • The Hawks
  • Melbourne United
  • Perth Wildcats
  • Sydney Kings
  • South East Melbourne Phoenix
  • Tasmania JackJumpers
  • New Zealand Breakers
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The only one of these NBL clubs to have played every single season since 1979 is the Illawarra Hawks – formerly the Wollongong Hawks – and from 2020-21 onwards known simply as The Hawks. The New Zealand Breakers are the sole NBL team based outside of Australia.

The Tasmania JackJumpers are the newest NBL club to join the competition playing their first season in 2021/22.

2021-22 NBL SEASON

  • 2021/22 NBL Season Dates: December, 2021 – May, 2022
  • 2021/22 NBL Finals Dates: Friday May 8, 2022 – Wednesday May 18, 2022
  • 2021/22 NBL Champions: Sydney Kings (4th title)

The 2021/22 NBL Season kicked off on December 3, 2021 with plenty of COVID-19 interruptions.

Melbourne United were the defending NBL champions having secured their sixth title during the 2020/21 season.

The Tasmania JackJumpers enjoyed a fairy-tale debut season making it all the way to the NBL Grand Final Series against the Sydney Kings only to go down 3 – 0.

NBL Betting

Betting on the NBL is open right across the season with a range of top NBL odds on offer from head-to-head pricing on each game to futures markets on the NBL Championship Winners.

NBL Finals

The NBL Finals are traditionally held from late February to early March each season. They are contested between the four highest-ranked teams on the season’s table and are made-up of two semi-finals series and the coveted NBL Grand Final series that decides the current Championship winners.

NBL Finals betting is open across the season on the teams most likely to be crowned the NBL Champions.

NBL Awards

The NBL also awards a Most Valuable Player (MVP) each season who takes out the Andrew Gaze Trophy, named in honour of a former champion player in both Australia and America for such clubs as the San Antonio Spurs, Washington Bullets and Melbourne Tigers. Gaze is the current head coach of the Sydney Kings and won the MVP award seven times. This award is the NBL equivalent of the NRL’s Dally M and the AFL’s Brownlow Medal.

Odds are open each season on the NBL Most Valuable Player and are a great exotic basketball betting market to get involved in.

Other notable NBL awards given out each season include the:

  • Larry Sengstock Medal for the Most Valuable Player in the Grand Final Series
  • Lindsay Gaze Trophy for the NBL Coach of the Year
  • NBL Rookie Of The Year
  • Most Improved Player
  • Best Defensive Player
  • Best Sixth Man

NBL MVP AWARD WINNERS

Below are the NBL Most Valuable Player winners dating back to 1979.

Year Player Nationality NBL Team
1979 Ken Richardson Australia West Adelaide Bearcats
1980 Rocky Smith United States St. Kilda Saints
1981 Mike Jones Australia Illawarra Hawks
1982 Al Green United States West Adelaide Bearcats
1983 Owen Wells United States Sydney Supersonics
1984 Leroy Loggins United States Brisbane Bullets
1985 Ray Borner Australia Coburg Giants
1986 Leroy Loggins United States Brisbane Bullets
1987 Leroy Loggins United States Brisbane Bullets
1988 Joe Hurst United States Hobart Devils
1989 Scott Fisher United States North Melbourne Giants
1990 Derek Rucker United States Brisbane Bullets
1991 Andrew Gaze Australia Melbourne Tigers
1992 Andrew Gaze Australia Melbourne Tigers
1993 Robert Rose United States South East Melbourne Magic
1994 Andrew Gaze Australia Melbourne Tigers
1995 Andrew Gaze Australia Melbourne Tigers
1996 Andrew Gaze Australia Melbourne Tigers
1997 Andrew Gaze Australia Melbourne Tigers
1998 Andrew Gaze Australia Melbourne Tigers
1998–99 Steve Woodberry United States Brisbane Bullets
1999–2000 Paul Rogers Australia Perth Wildcats
2000–01 Robert Rose United States Townsville Crocodiles
2001–02 Mark Bradtke Australia Melbourne Tigers
2002–03 Chris Williams United States Sydney Kings
2003–04 Matthew Nielsen Australia Sydney Kings
2004–05 Brian Wethers United States Hunter Pirates
2005–06 Chris Anstey Australia Melbourne Tigers
2006–07 Sam Mackinnon Australia Brisbane Bullets
2007–08 Chris Anstey Australia Melbourne Tigers
2008–09 Kirk Penney New Zealand New Zealand Breakers
2009–10 Corey Williams United States Townsville Crocodiles
2010–11 Gary Ervin United States Wollongong Hawks
2011–12 Kevin Lisch United States Perth Wildcats
2012–13 Cedric Jackson United States New Zealand Breakers
2013–14 Rotnei Clarke United States Wollongong Hawks
2014–15 Brian Conklin United States Townsville Crocodiles
2015–16 Kevin Lisch United States Illawarra Hawks
2016–17 Jerome Randle US/Ukraine Adelaide 36ers
2017–18 Bryce Cotton United States Perth Wildcats
2018-19 Andrew Bogut Australia Sydney Kings
2019-20 Bryce Cotton United States Perth Wildcats
2020-21 Bryce Cotton United States Perth Wildcats
2021-22 Mitch McCarron Australia Adelaide 36ers

NBL Results & History

NBL results date back to the competition’s inaugural season in 1979 won by the St Kilda Saints. Of the current NBL Teams the most successful is the Perth Wildcats who have won nine NBL Grand Finals series to take out the Championship since they entered the league in 1982.

Three other current clubs boast an equal four Championship wins in NBL history with the Adelaide 36ers, New Zealand Breakers and the Sydney Kings who secured their 4th title in the 2021-22 season.

Overall Melbourne United have enjoyed six NBL Championship titles, but their first as a rebranded outfit came in the 2018 NBL Grand Final Series before they succeeded again in the 2021 decider.

Defunct NBL clubs to have won the Championship include the Canberra Cannons (1983, 1984, 1988) and the North Melbourne Giants (1989, 1994).

NBL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE WINS

Team Titles Season
Perth Wildcats 10 1990, 1991, 1995, 2000, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020
Adelaide 36ers 4 1986, 1998, 1999, 2002
Melbourne United 6 1993, 1997, 2006, 2008, 2018 (first as rebranded club), 2021
New Zealand Breakers 4 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
Canberra Cannons 3 1983, 1984, 1988
Sydney Kings 4 2003, 2004, 2005, 2022
Brisbane Bullets 3 1985, 1987, 2007
St. Kilda Saints 2 1979, 1980
North Melbourne Giants 2 1989, 1994
South East Melbourne Magic 2 1992, 1996
Launceston Casino City Tigers 1 1981
West Adelaide Bearcats 1 1982
Illawarra Hawks 1 2001
South Dragons 1 2009
Tasmania JackJumpers 0 0

NBL Hall of Fame

The NBL Hall of Fame has been in place since 1998, which was the 20th NBL Season anniversary. It recognises outstanding service to the NBL from players, game officials and other pro-basketball contributors.

NBL Players need to have been retired from the game for at least four seasons and have played a minimum of 100 games to be eligible for induction into the National Basketball League Hall of Fame. Coaches have to have been retired for at least four seasons and been head coach of a NBL club for at least 10 seasons. There are also eligibility restrictions for NBL Referees and NBL Contributors.

NBL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Year Name BA / NBL Category
1998
2007
Barry Barnes NBL
BA
Coach
1998 Cal Bruton NBL Player
1998 Herb McEachin NBL Player
1998 Bill Palmer NBL Contributor
1998
2004
2007
John Raschke NBL
BA
BA
Contributor
Contributor
Legend
1999 Wayne Carroll NBL Player
1999 Al Green NBL Player
2000 Damian Keogh NBL Player
2000
2004
Phil Smyth NBL
BA
Player
2000 Malcolm Speed NBL Contributor
2000 Bob Turner NBL Coach
2001 Ian Davies NBL Player
2001
2006
Larry Sengstock NBL
BA
Player
2002 Danny Morseu NBL Player
2002 Darryl Pearce NBL Player
2004 Ivor Burge BA Contributor
2004 Steve Carfino NBL Player
2004 Jenny Cheesman BA Player
2004 Andrew Gaze BA Player
2004 Lindsay Gaze BA Coach
2004 Adrian Hurley BA Coach
2004 Michael Johnson NBL Player
2004 Robyn Maher BA Player
2004
2006
Alistair Ramsay BA
BA
Contributor
Legend
2004 Sid Taylor BA Technical Official
2006 Ray Borner NBL Player
2006
2007
Eddie Crouch BA
NBL
Technical Official
Referee
2006 George Dancis BA Player
2006 Mark Davis NBL Player
2006 John Holden BA Technical Official
2006 Maree Jackson BA Player
2006 Brian Kerle NBL Coach
2006 Leroy Loggins NBL Player
2006 Luc Longley BA Player
2006 Tom Maher BA Coach
2006 Pat Moore BA Contributor
2006 George Russell BA Contributor
2006 Bob Staunton BA Contributor
2006 Michelle Timms BA Player
2006 Ray Tomlinson BA Coach
2006 Betty Watson BA Contributor
2007 Frank Angove BA Contributor
2007 Norma Connolly BA Contributor
2007 Kevin Coombs BA Player
2007 Karen Dalton BA Player
2007 Lorraine Eiler BA Player
2007 Bob Elphinston BA Contributor
2007 Scott Fisher NBL Player
2007 Inga Freidenfelds BA Player
2007 Arthur McRobbie BA Contributor
2007 Keith Miller BA Coach
2007 Ed Palubinskas BA Player
2007 Henry Perazzo  BA Technical Official
2007 Avis Scullin BA Technical Official
2007 Rachael Sporn BA Player
2007 Andrew Vlahov NBL Player
2010 Michael Ah Matt Player
2010 Sandy Blythe Player
2010 Sandy Brondello Player
2010 David Carmichael Contributor
2010 Merv Emms Contributor
2010 Trish Fallon Player
2010 Shelley Gorman Player
2010 Ricky Grace Player
2010 Elaine Hardwick Player
2010 Greg Love Contributor
2010 Karin McRobert Player
2010 Julie Nykiel Player
2010 Michael Wrublewski Contributor
2010 Bill Wyatt Player
2012 Ken Cole Player
Coach
2013 Mark Bradtke Player
2013 James Crawford Player
2013 Kathy Foster Player
2013 Brian Goorjian Coach
2013 Neil Hamilton-Smith Contributor
2013 John Heard Player
2013 Sue Hobbs Player
2013 John Martin Technical Official
2013 Pat Mickan Player
2013 Charles Ryan Contributor
2013 Jan Stirling Coach
2013 Tom York Contributor
2016 Perry Crosswhite Player
2016 Jean Forster Player
2016 Ron Harvey Contributor
2016 Patrick Hunt Coach
2016 Liesl Tesch Player
2016 Ken Watson Coach
Contributor
2016 Jenny Whittle Player
2017 Lucille Bailie Player
2017 Karen Blicavs Player
2017 Carrie Graf Coach
2017 Kristi Harrower Player
2017 Ken Madsen Contributor
2018 Brett Maher Player
2018 Tony Ronaldson Player
2018 Glen Savill Player
2019 Lanard Copeland Player
2019 Brad Dalton Player
2019 Ray Hunt Referee
2019 Lauren Jackson Player
2019 Lorraine Landon Contributor
2019 Bill Mildenhall Referee
2019 Troy Sachs Player
2019 Allison Tranquilli Player

WNBL

The Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) is the women’s equivalent of the NBL and is the marquee pro-basketball competition for female players held in Australia. The tournament was formerly known as the Women’s Interstate Basketball Conference (WIBC) and was founded in 1981.

The league is currently comprised of eight WNBL Teams:

  • Adelaide Lightning
  • Bendigo Spirit
  • Melbourne Boomers
  • Perth Lynx
  • Southside Flyers
  • Sydney Uni Flames
  • Townsville Fire
  • University of Canberra Capitals

A number of these WNBL clubs have NBL counterparts playing in the men’s league. A number of international players from America’s WNBA competition player during their off-season for the WMBL down under. And vice versa, the WNBL can be a major stepping stone for Aussie players looking to make it in the WNBL in the USA.

The WNBL runs across a 24-game regular season beginning in early October and the WMBL Grand Final to decide the WNBL Champion club.