Wellington Saints

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Wellington Saints
Wellington Saints logo
Leagues  New Zealand National Basketball League
Founded 1968
Arena TSB Bank Arena
Location Wellington, New Zealand
Team colors Blue, White
Main sponsor Pacific Jewellers
CEO New Zealand Nick Mills
General manager New Zealand Fran Scholey
Head coach New Zealand Pero Cameron
Ownership New Zealand Nick Mills
Championships 8 (1984, 85, 87, 88, 2003, 10, 11, 14)
Website Saints.co.nz
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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The Wellington Saints are a New Zealand professional basketball team competing in the New Zealand National Basketball League. They play their home games at the TSB Bank Arena in Wellington. For sponsorship reasons, they are known as the Pacific Jewellers Saints.

History[edit]

In 1982, the Saints won the second division title with the help of American import Kenny McFadden, promoting them to the first division. From there on, the Saints built a dynasty in the 1980s, collecting four championships (1984, 1985, 1987 & 1988) and were runners up in 1983 and 1986. McFadden was named most outstanding guard in 1983 and 1984 as he led the league in scoring in those years. McFadden's performance during the 1980s was acknowledged in 2012 by his No. 5 jersey becoming the first in the NBL to be retired.[1]

The early 1990s held dwindling fortunes for the Saints. Following the conclusion of the 1996 season, both the Capital Power Saints and the Hutt Valley Lakers were struggling to survive. They amalgamated for the 1997 season and attracted naming sponsorship of the restructured regional energy company TransAlta, as TransAlta Wellington, but basketball fans wanted a 'real' name and so, for the 1998 season, they became the TransAlta Wizards. Even this wasn't strong enough for the fans and so, for the 1999 season, they returned to the original identity of the Wellington Saints.[2]

Australian NBL hopes[edit]

In February 2014, after many years of angling for a Wellington presence in the Australian National Basketball League, Saints' CEO Nick Mills appeared set to get his wish, with ANBL boss Fraser Neill viewing a capital-based club as a prime candidate for a proposed four-team expansion in the 2015–16 season. With the ANBL hoping to expand from eight to 16 teams within five years, Wellington, Brisbane, Tasmania, Canberra and a second Melbourne side were all in the mix for 2015–16.[3] Initial talks between Mills and Neill were positive but they struck a speed bump during a meeting in May 2014 after Mills' bid differed from the ANBL's preference.[4]

Current roster[edit]

# Pos. Player Height
United States 3 SF Torrey Craig (I) 1.98m
New Zealand 4 PG Lindsay Tait 1.90m
New Zealand 6 Jordan Hunt (DP)
New Zealand 7 SF Damien Ekenasio 1.93m
New Zealand 8 PG Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa 1.78m
New Zealand 10 SG Jordan Mills 1.88m
New Zealand 11 SF Brendon Polyblank 1.97m
# Pos. Player Height
New Zealand 12 PG Joe Webb (DP) 1.83m
New Zealand 13 SG Dion Prewster 1.95m
New Zealand 14 SF Hugh Quinlivan 1.98m
New Zealand 15 SF Leon Henry (Cruz Roja.svg) 2.02m
New Zealand 21 Jamal Mikaio (DP)
United States 42 C Kareem Johnson (I) 2.03m
New Zealand SG Nikau McCullough (DP) 1.88m

Current management[edit]

Head coach: Pero Cameron
Assistant coach: Zico Coronel, George Le'afa
Team manager: Phil Hartley
General manager: Fran Scholey

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