Adam Gibson

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Adam Gibson
Adam Gibson.JPG
No. 1 – Adelaide 36ers
Position Guard
League NBL
Personal information
Born (1986-10-30) 30 October 1986 (age 28)
Launceston, Tasmania
Nationality Australian
Listed height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Prospect (Launceston, Tasmania)
Pro career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2008 Brisbane Bullets
2008–2009 South Dragons
2009–2012 Gold Coast Blaze
2012–present Adelaide 36ers
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x NBL champion (2007, 2009)
  • NBL Best Defensive Player (2009)
  • 2x All-NBL Third Team (2009, 2013)
  • 2x All-NBL Second Team (2011, 2012)
  • NBL All-Star (2012)
  • Adelaide 36ers co-Players' player (2013)
  • CABL champion (2013)

Adam Gibson (born 30 October 1986) is an Australian professional basketball player who currently plays for and is team captain of the Adelaide 36ers of the Australasian National Basketball League (NBL). He has twice played on NBL championship teams, in 2007 for the Brisbane Bullets, and in 2009 for South Dragons.

Gibson was a member of the Australian Boomers at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, helping the Boomers to a 7th placed finish with a 3-3 record.

Professional career[edit]

Gibson attended the Australian Institute of Sport from 2004 to 2005[1] and made his debut with the Brisbane Bullets in September 2005, establishing himself as one of the best young Australian talents in the NBL. He played 29 games in his first season, averaging just 3 points and 1.1 assists per game.

In his second season with the Bullets, Gibson went on to win the NBL championship when they defeated the Melbourne Tigers three games to one 2006–07 NBL season grand final series. While Gibson averaged just 6 points over the season, the grand final series saw an increase to 8.5 points. He stayed with the defending champions for the 2007–08 season, where their run was eventually halted in the semi-finals. Following the season, Gibson was released from his contract on 29 May 2008 at his own request, following which he was signed by the South Dragons.[2]

Gibson quickly became the Dragons starting point guard. In his first season in Melbourne, Gibson won his second NBL championship, again at the expense of the Melbourne Tigers. Adam Gibson was rewarded for his general play for the Dragons when he was selected to the All-NBL Third Team and was also voted the NBL's Best Defensive Player for 2009.

Unfortunately for Gibson and the rest of the South Dragons, the club folded following their championship win. Gibson then signed with the Gold Coast Blaze for the 2009–10 NBL season.

Following the 2010–11 NBL season which saw the Blaze just miss a playoff berth with a 13–15 record, Gibson has become a free agent although due to NBL rules, no other NBL club can contact Gibson until two weeks after the Grand Final series has finished (unless agreed to by the Blaze), although the Blaze themselves are free during that time to re-negotiate his contract in a bid to re-sign him. Gibson's form with the Blaze during the 2010–11 season saw him selected to the All NBL Second team.

In July 2012, following the collapse of the Gold Coast Blaze, Gibson signed with the Adelaide 36ers for the 2012–13 NBL season.[3][4] Gibson joined Adelaide along with Blaze team mates Jason Cadee and Anthony Petrie.

On 15 March 2013, Gibson played his 250th NBL game.[5][6]

On 7 May 2013, Gibson re-signed with the 36ers on a two-year deal.[7]

During the 2013 off-season, Gibson played for the Forestville Eagles of the Central ABL. The Eagles went on to win the 2013 championship, with Gibson recording 24 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists in the grand final.

On 2 November 2014, Gibson scored a career-high 34 points in a 93-86 win over the New Zealand Breakers.[8] Along with 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 6 steals, he was named to the Player of the Week for Round 4.[9] On 4 January 2015, he played his 300th NBL game, recording 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the 74-81 loss to the New Zealand Breakers.[10][11]

In 299 NBL games, Gibson has averaged 10.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. He is widely regarded as one of the best Australian guards in the NBL.[12]

International career[edit]

Gibson got his first taste of international basketball when he represented Australia at the 2005 FIBA Under-21 World Championship in Argentina, helping the Emus to a 4th place finish with a 5-0 record. After defeating Slovenia 89-80 in the Quarter-Finals, the Emus missed a place in the final after losing their Semi-final 96-73 to Lithuania, and the 3rd place playoff 79-74 to Canada.

On 17 March 2008, Gibson was selected for the Australian Boomers post Beijing Olympic Squad, a larger group of athletes from which the 12-man Olympic team would be named. He also represented Australia at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey and was a member of the Boomers at the 2012 London Olympic Games. He was also a member of the Boomers team that won the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship over New Zealand.


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Preceded by
Chris Anstey
NBL Best Defensive Player
Succeeded by
Dillon Boucher