Wellington Saints

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Wellington Saints
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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
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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, New Zealand. For sponsorship reasons, they are known as the Pacific Jewellers Saints.


In 1982, the Saints, led by American import Kenny McFadden, won the second division title, promoting them to the first division. From 1984 the Saints made six consecutive NBL final appearances, winning championships in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1988. Kenny McFadden's performance in the team during the 80s was acknowledged 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 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. The ANBL hopes to expand from eight to 16 teams within five years, with Wellington, Brisbane, Tasmania, Canberra and a second Melbourne side 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 0 C Bryan Davis 2.06m
New Zealand 1 PG Jacob Walsh (DP) 1.88m
New Zealand 4 PG Lindsay Tait 1.90m
New Zealand 7 SF Damien Ekenasio 1.93m
New Zealand 8 PG Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa 1.78m
New Zealand 9 SG Corey Webster 1.88m
New Zealand 10 SG Jordan Mills 1.88m
# Pos. Player Height
New Zealand 11 PF Jordan Ngatai 2.01m
New Zealand 12 Danny Hing-Mather (DP)
New Zealand 13 SG Dion Prewster 1.95m
United States 15 PF Brandon Bowman 2.06m
New Zealand 20 PF B. J. Anthony 1.98m
New Zealand 32 SG Stu Carruthers 1.92m
New Zealand Elliott Stubbins (DP)

Current management[edit]

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


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