North Melbourne Giants

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North Melbourne Giants
North Melbourne Giants
Established 1980
Final Season 1998
Former Home Venue Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre, Melbourne
Team Colours Teal and White, previously Maroon, Gold, Silver and White
Championships 1989, 1994
Team History Coburg Giants
(1980-1986)

North Melbourne Giants
(1987-1998)
Victoria Titans
(1998/99-2001)
Victoria Giants
(2002-2004)

The North Melbourne Giants were an Australian basketball team, that played in Melbourne, Victoria, in the National Basketball League.

History[edit]

The team was formed in 1980 as the Coburg Giants and were renamed in 1987 as the North Melbourne Giants. After a successful run in the league, with two championships and four grand final appearances, the club merged with a cross-town rival, the South East Melbourne Magic, for the 1998/99 season. The resulting Victoria Titans were as successful as their predecessors, but after succumbing to financial difficulties were rebranded the Victoria Giants in 2002 and ultimately folded as such in 2004.

Continuation of the club[edit]

The team spirit lives on today through representative and domestic basketball leagues from under 10s through to the senior level. The Coburg Basketball Association also has a stadium situated in North Coburg. The club continues to be successful both on and off the court.

Honour roll[edit]

NBL Championships: 1989, 1994
NBL Finals Appearances: 1988, 1989, 1994, 1995
NBL Grand Final Appearances: 4 (1988, 1989, 1994, 1995)
NBL Most Valuable Players: Ray Borner (1985), Scott Fisher (1989, 1992)
NBL Grand Final MVPs: Scott Fisher (1989), Paul Rees (1994)
All-NBL First Team:  ?
NBL Coach of the Year: Bruce Palmer (1988), Brett Brown (1994)
NBL Rookie of the Year: David Smith (1998)
NBL Most Improved Player: None
NBL Best Defensive Player: None
NBL Best Sixth Man: None
NBL Good Hands Award: Darryl McDonald (1994-1997)
NBL Hall of Fame: Ray Borner (2006), Scott Fisher (2007)

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