Nelson Giants

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Nelson Giants
Nelson Giants logo
Leagues NBL
Founded 1982
Arena Trafalgar Centre
Location Nelson, Tasman, New Zealand
Team colors Navy Blue, White, Blue
Head coach Australia Liam Flynn
Ownership Serbia Nenad Vučinić
Championships 3 (1994, 1998, 2007)
Website Giants Official Website
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The Fico Finance Nelson Giants are a basketball team that play in the New Zealand National Basketball League. Their home games are played at the Trafalgar Centre (aka The Hangar) in Nelson. The Giants have won the championship three times in their history, in 1994, 1998, and 2007.

The Giants are led by head coach Liam Flynn, and his assistant Tim Fanning. Tall Blacks coach Nenad Vučinić is the owner and a former coach of the Giants and holds the NZNBL record for most wins. In their title winning 2007 season, American import Josh Pace led the team in scoring and was the league MVP.

The Giants have a loyal fan base, which is cheered on by a group of local hooligans known as the Nelson Giants Wannabes.

Current roster[edit]

# Pos. Player Height
United States 2 C Jamal Boykin 2.03m
United States 5 SF Josh Pace 1.96m
New Zealand 6 SF Oliver Shallcrass (DP) 1.97m
New Zealand 7 PG Chris Duthie 1.85m
New Zealand 8 PG Brook Ruscoe 1.87m
New Zealand 10 SG Sam Dempster 1.92m
New Zealand 11 PF Bronson Beri 2.04m
# Pos. Player Height
New Zealand 12 PG Justin Wehner (DP) 1.77m
New Zealand 13 SG Phill Jones 1.96m
New Zealand 14 PF Mika Vukona 1.98m
New Zealand 20 SF Finn Delany 2.00m
New Zealand 21 PG Josh Bloxham 1.86m
New Zealand 22 PF Angus Riley 2.02m
New Zealand 23 SG Ashton McQueen (DP) 1.90m
Fiji 30 SG Nathen Manuel (DP) 1.81m

2014 Management[edit]

  • Head coach: Liam Flynn
  • Assistant coach: Tim Fanning
  • Trainer: Claire Dallison
  • Physio: Dawn Chalmers

Notable former players[edit]

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