NBL (Australia) 25th Anniversary Team

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To mark its 25th anniversary during the 2003–2004 season, the National Basketball League (NBL) announced its 25th Anniversary All-Time team on 9 December 2003. As a way of recognising the single best and most influential player in league history, the player who received the most first-placed votes in the voting process for this team was also named the NBL 25th Anniversary Most Valuable Player.

To be eligible for selection, players and coaches must have played or coached in at least 100 NBL games. Selection Committee members were asked to vote regardless of position, with Australian and import players eligible for selection.

The first-ranked player on each ballot received 10 votes, the second received nine, the third received eight, and so on down to the 10th-ranked player who received one vote.

Each Selection Committee member was asked to name the greatest coach in NBL history, with the top vote-getter receiving that honour. Past and present coaches on the selection committee were excluded from voting on the coach category.

  • = active at the time the team was named
Name Votes NBL Teams
Andrew Gaze * 287 Melbourne Tigers (1984–)
Leroy Loggins 255 Brisbane Bullets (1981, 1983–2001), West Adelaide Bearcats (1982)
Mark Bradtke * 179 Adelaide 36ers (1988–1992), Melbourne Tigers (1993–)
James Crawford 127 Geelong Supercats (1982–1985), Canberra Cannons (1986), Perth Wildcats (1987–1999)
Phil Smyth 102 St. Kilda Saints (1982), Canberra Cannons (1983–1992), Adelaide 36ers (1993–1994), Sydney Kings (1995)
Ricky Grace * 99 Perth Wildcats (1990–)
Scott Fisher 93 North Melbourne Giants (1987–1992) & Perth Wildcats (1993–2002)
Mark Davis 69 Adelaide 36ers (1985–2001)
Larry Sengstock 65 St. Kilda Saints (1979–1981), Brisbane Bullets (1982–1989), Gold Coast Rollers (1990–1992), North Melbourne Giants (1993–1996)
Robert Rose * 64 South East Melbourne Magic (1992–1993), Adelaide 36ers (1994–1995), Canberra Cannons (1996–1998), Townsville Crocodiles (1998–)
Brian Goorjian * 19 Coach: Eastside Spectres (1988-1991), South East Melbourne Magic (1992-1998), Victoria Titans (1998-2002), Sydney Kings (2002–)
Eddie Crouch * Referee

Other vote getters:

Name Votes NBL Teams
Shane Heal 45 Brisbane Bullets (1988, 1992–1995), Geelong Supercats (1989–1991), Sydney Kings (1996–2003)
Al Green 41 West Adelaide Bearcats (1981–1984), Adelaide 36ers (1985–1990), Newcastle Falcons (1991–1993)
Dwayne McClain 28 Sydney Kings (1991–1993), Gold Coast Rollers (1996), Brisbane Bullets (1997)
Cal Bruton 23 Brisbane Bullets (1979, 1985–1986), Geelong Supercats (1982–1984), Perth Wildcats (1987–1989), Hobart Devils (1992)
Andrew Vlahov 20 Perth Wildcats (1991–2002)
Herb McEachin 20 Canberra Cannons (1979–1992)
Darryl McDonald* 16 North Melbourne Giants (1996–1998), Victoria Titans (1998–2002), Victoria Giants (2002–2003), Melbourne Tigers (2003–)
Lanard Copeland* 9 Melbourne Tigers (1992–)
Steve Carfino 8 Hobart Devils (1986–1987), Sydney Kings (1988–1990)
Ian Davies 8 Launceston Casino City (1980–1981), Newcastle Falcons (1982–1985), Geelong Supercats (1986–1987), Sydney Kings (1988–1990)
Damian Keogh 7 Nunawading Spectres (1980–1984), Bankstown Bruins (1985), West Sydney Westars (1986–1987), Sydney Kings (1988–1995)
Derek Rucker* 6 Brisbane (1990–1991), Newcastle Falcons (1994), Townsville Suns (1995–1997), Townsville Crocodiles (1998), West Sydney Razorbacks (1998–)
Wayne Carroll 6 Coburg Giants (1980–1986), North Melbourne Giants (1987–1990)
Bruce Bolden 5 Eastside Spectres (1987, 1990–1991), Westside Saints (1988–1989), South East Melbourne Magic (1992–1994), Sydney Kings (1995–1998), West Sydney Razorbacks (1998–2003)
Ray Borner 5 Coburg Giants (1980–1985), Illawarra Hawks (1986–1988), North Melbourne Giants (1989–1992), Geelong Supercats (1993–1994), Canberra Cannons (1995–2000), Wollongong Hawks (2000–2001)
Tony Ronaldson* 3 Eastside Spectres (1990–1991), South East Melbourne Magic (1992–1998), Victoria Titans (1998–2002), Perth Wildcats (2002–)
Dean Uthoff 3 Nunawading Spectres (1983–1985), Eastside Spectres (1988–1991), Sydney Kings (1992–1996)
Brett Maher* 1 Adelaide 36ers (1992–)
Wayne McDaniel 1 Adelaide 36ers (1983), Geelong Supercats (1984–1985), Newcastle Falcons (1986–1988), Hobart Devils (1989–1994)

Other vote getters (coach):

Name Votes NBL Teams
Brian Kerle 4 St. Kilda Saints, Brisbane Bullets
Lindsay Gaze* 2 Melbourne Tigers
Barry Barnes 1 Nunawading Spectres, Eastside Spectres, Geelong Supercats, Canberra Cannons

Selection Committee Members: Bob Elphinston (chairman), Barry Barnes, David Claxton, Gary Fox, John Gardiner, Peter Harcourt, Bret Harris, Ron Harvey, Betty Hassen, Stephen Howell, Adrian Hurley, Andrew Johnstone, Phil Lynch, Lorraine Landon, John Maddock, Ken Madsen, Robyn Maher, Jan Morris, Boti Nagy, Bill Palmer, Barry Richardson, John Scott, Mal Speed, Dean Templeton, John Davidson, Perry Crosswhite, Tim Morrissey, Peter Kogoy, Peter Walsh, Phil Brown, Marty Clarke, Mike Wrublewski, Grantley Bernard, Dave Hughes.

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