South East Melbourne Magic

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South East Melbourne Magic
South East Melbourne Magic
Established 1991
Final Season 1998
Former Home Venue Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Team Colours Black and White
Championships 1992, 1996
Team History St. Kilda Saints/Nunawading Spectres
(1979-1986)

Westside (South) Melbourne Saints/Eastside Spectres
(1987-1991)
South East Melbourne Magic
(1991-1998)
Victoria Titans
(1998/99-2001)
Victoria Giants
(2002-2004)

The South East Melbourne Magic were an Australian basketball team, that played in Melbourne, Victoria, in the National Basketball League. The team was the result of a merger of two Melbourne clubs (the South Melbourne Saints and the Eastside Spectres) for the 1992 season. The team's home venue was the Rod Laver Arena which it shared with cross-town rivals the Melbourne Tigers and drew a then NBL record 15,366 fans to a game between the two clubs in 1996.

Despite this combination being quite successful during its tenure in the league, making four Grand Final appearances and winning championships in 1992 and 1996, the club once again merged with a cross-town rival, the North Melbourne Giants, for the 1998/99 season, despite having lost the 1998 Grand Final series to the Adelaide 36ers two games to nil. The Magic and Giants became the Victoria Titans and 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.

Honour roll[edit]

NBL Championships: 1992,1996
NBL Finals Appearances: 7 (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)
NBL Grand Final Appearances: 4 (1992, 1996, 1997, 1998)
NBL Most Valuable Players: Robert Rose (1993)
NBL Grand Final MVPs: Bruce Bolden (1992), Mike Kelly (1996)
All-NBL First Team:  ?
NBL Coach of the Year: Brian Goorjian (1992, 1997, 1998)
NBL Rookie of the Year: Sam Mackinnon (1994)
NBL Most Improved Player: Chris Anstey (1996)
NBL Best Defensive Player: Darren Lucas (1994, 1995), Mike Kelly (1997, 1998)
NBL Best Sixth Man: Jason Smith (1998)