1981 NBL season

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1981 NBL season
League National Basketball League
Sport Basketball
Duration 14 February 1981 – 21 June 1981
27 June 1981 (Semi–Finals)
28 June 1981 (Grand Final)
Number of teams 12
TV partner(s) ABC
Regular season
Top seed St. Kilda Saints
Season MVP Rocky Smith
Top scorer Michael Jones (671 - 30.5 ppg)
Finals
Champions Launceston Casino City
  Runners-up Nunawading Spectres
NBL seasons

The 1981 NBL season was the third season of competition since its establishment in 1979. A total of 12 teams contested the league. The regular season was played between 14 February 1981 and 21 June 1981, and was followed by a post-season featuring the top four in 27-28 June 1981.

End of Season Ladder[edit]

This is the ladder at the end of season, before the finals. In all, 132 games were played, 22 for each team.

Team Pld Won Lost Last 5 Streak Home Away  % Pts  % Won
1 St Kilda Saints 22 17 5 5-0 W6 10-1 7-4 110 77
2 Launceston Casino City Tigers 24 16 8 5-0 W5 9-4 7-4 105 66
3 West Adelaide Bearcats 22 13 9 0-5 L6 9-2 4-7 103 59
4 Nunawading Spectres 24 14 10 3-2 L1 8-3 6-7 107 58
5 Brisbane Bullets 23 13 10 2-3 L1 6-5 7-5 107 56
6 Newcastle Falcons 23 13 10 2-3 L1 10-2 3-8 101 56
7 Canberra Cannons 22 12 10 3-2 W3 10-1 2-9 98 54
8 Illawarra Hawks 22 9 13 3-2 L1 8-3 1-10 96 40
9 City of Sydney Astronauts 22 8 14 4-1 W2 5-6 3-8 90 31
10 Coburg Giants 22 7 15 0-5 L5 6-5 1-10 96 31
11 Bankstown Bruins 22 7 15 1-4 L1 5-6 2-9 92 31
12 Forestville Eagles 22 6 16 1-4 L3 5-6 1-10 91 27

Finals[edit]

There were two semi-finals, and then one grand final. All three of these finals were sudden death.

Semi-Finals[edit]

1st place played 4th place on the end of year ladder, and then 2nd place played 3rd place. St Kilda didn't attend the finals, as they attended the World Club Championship in Brazil.

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
27 June Launceston Casino City 71-69 Brisbane Bullets Apollo Stadium
27 June West Adelaide Bearcats 71-74 Nunawading Spectres Apollo Stadium

Grand Final[edit]

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
28 June Launceston Casino City 75-54 Nunawading Spectres Apollo Stadium

Bracket[edit]

Semi Finals Grand Final
           
1 Launceston Casino City Tigers 71
4 Brisbane Bullets 69
1 Launceston Casino City Tigers 75
2 Nunawading Spectres 54
2 West Adelaide Bearcats 71
3 Nunawading Spectres 74

NBL Awards[edit]

Award Player Team
NBL MVP Rocky Smith St. Kilda Saints
Grand Final MVP Not awarded
Coach of the Year Bob Turner Newcastle Falcons
Best Defensive Player Ray Wood West Adelaide Bearcats

All NBL First Team[edit]

# Player Team
1 Rocky Smith St. Kilda Saints
2 Danny Morseu St. Kilda Saints
3 Al Green West Adelaide Bearcats
4 David Nelson Canberra Cannons
5 Owen Wells Newcastle Falcons