1979 NBL season

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Here are results and statistics from the National Basketball League's inaugural season of 1979.

End of Season Ladder[edit]

This is the ladder at the end of season, before the finals. In all, 90 games were played, 18 for each team. The top two teams then played a sudden death grand final.

Team Played Won Lost % Won %
1 St. Kilda Saints 18 15 3 118 83
2 Canberra Cannons 18 13 5 104 72
3 Nunawading Spectres 18 13 5 107 72
4 West Adelaide Bearcats 18 12 6 109 67
5 Brisbane Bullets 18 10 8 100 57
6 Newcastle Falcons 18 8 10 98 44
7 City of Sydney Astronauts 18 8 10 95 44
8 Illawarra Hawks 18 5 13 95 28
9 Bankstown Bruins 18 3 15 91 17
10 Glenelg Tigers 18 3 15 88 17

There was only one final played in this season and it was contested by the Top 2 teams.

Grand Final[edit]

  • Played at Albert Park Stadium, Melbourne

St. Kilda Saints 94 to Canberra Cannons 93

The Saints won on a reverse layup just before the buzzer by Peter Vitols.

Awards[edit]

Award Player Team
NBL MVP Ken Richardson West Adelaide Bearcats
Grand Final MVP Larry Sengstock St. Kilda Saints

Stats[edit]

Points Per Game[edit]

  1. Calvin Bruton - 33.2 PPG (18 games for the Brisbane Bullets)
  2. Ken Richardson - 26.2 PPG (18 games for the West Adelaide Bearcats)
  3. Dave Ankeney - 26.1 PPG (18 games for the Newcastle Falcons)
  4. Jim Slacke - 23.8 PPG (18 games for the Illawarra Hawks)
  5. Cal Stamp - 23.3 PPG (18 games for the Canberra Cannons)

Field Goal %[edit]

  1. Dave Ankeney - 50.0% (18 games for the Newcastle Falcons) (165/330)
  2. Dan Riley - 50.0% (18 games for the Newcastle Falcons) (146/292)
  3. Glen Ryan - 50.0% (17 games for the Newcastle Falcons) (63/126)
  4. Darrell Corcoran - 50.0% (18 games for the West Sydney Westars) (66/132)
  5. Richard Dunphy - 50.0% (16 games for the West Sydney Westars) (109/218)

Foul Shot %[edit]

  1. Jim Slacke - 80.8% (63/78)
  2. David Leslie - 80.6% (54/67)
  3. David Symth - 78.7% (48/61)
  4. Calvin Bruton - 78.5% (113/144)
  5. Gary Fox - 77.8% (49/63)