2005–06 NBL season

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2005–06 NBL season
League National Basketball League
Sport Basketball
Duration 2 September 2005 – February 2006
8 – 16 February 2006 (Finals)
24 – 28 February 2006 (Grand Finals)
Number of teams 11
TV partner(s) Fox Sports
Regular season
Top seed Melbourne Tigers
Season MVP Chris Anstey
Finals
Champions Melbourne Tigers
  Runners-up Sydney Kings
Finals MVP Chris Anstey
NBL seasons

The 2005–06 NBL season was the 28th season of competition since its establishment in 1979. A total of 11 teams contested the league.

Regular season[edit]

The home and away season took place over 23 rounds between 2 September 2005 and February 2006 with finals starting 8 February 2006 until 16 February 2006 and grand final on 24 February 2006 until 28 February 2006.

Ladder[edit]

This is the ladder at the end of season, before the finals. In all, 176 games were played, 32 for each team. The top 8 teams qualified for the finals series.

Team Pld Won Lost Last 5 Streak Home Away  % Pts  % Won
1 Melbourne Tigers 37 30 7 5-0 W7 17-1 13-6 110 81
2 Sydney Kings 37 28 9 2-3 L3 16-3 12-6 110 75
3 Wollongong Hawks 33 28 9 2-3 L1 12-5 7-9 103 57
4 Adelaide 36ers 33 19 14 1-4 L4 14-3 5-11 98 57
5 Cairns Taipans 36 20 16 4-1 L2 13-5 7-11 102 55
6 Brisbane Bullets 33 17 16 4-1 L1 12-5 5-11 102 51
7 Perth Wildcats 36 18 18 3-2 L2 10-7 8-11 101 50
8 Hunter Pirates 33 13 20 1-4 L2 8-8 5-12 94 39
9 Townsville Crocodiles 32 9 23 1-4 L3 7-9 2-14 94 28
10 New Zealand Breakers 32 9 23 3-2 L2 6-10 3-13 91 28
11 West Sydney Razorbacks 32 5 27 1-4 L3 4-12 1-15 90 15

Finals Series[edit]

Quarter Finals[edit]

The quarter finals were played over 4 days. The first two teams automatically went ahead to the semi finals. The winner of Game 1 went on to play the 3rd placed team, while the winner of Game 2 went on to play the 4th placed team.

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
8 February Brisbane Bullets 91–96 Perth Wildcats Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre box score report
9 February Cairns Taipans 88–80 Hunter Pirates Cairns Convention Centre 4,726 box score report
10 February Wollongong Hawks 101–121 Perth Wildcats WIN Entertainment Centre 3,345 box score report
11 February Adelaide 36ers 103–106 (OT) Cairns Taipans Adelaide Arena box score report

Semi Finals[edit]

The semi finals took place in a best of 3 series. But, both teams that advanced through to the Grand Final didn't need the 3rd game, winning 2-0.

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
14 February Melbourne Tigers 94–78 Perth Wildcats State Netball and Hockey Centre 3,107 box score report
15 February Sydney Kings 112–87 Cairns Taipans Sydney Entertainment Centre 3,192 box score report
16 February Perth Wildcats 101–106 Melbourne Tigers Challenge Stadium 4,400 box score report
17 February Cairns Taipans 82–84 Sydney Kings Cairns Convention Centre box score report

Grand Final[edit]

The Melbourne Tigers beat the Sydney Kings 3-0 in the best of 5 series. Two of these games were played at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, while one was played at Melbourne's home ground, State Netball and Hockey Centre. (best-of-three series)

Date Home team Score Away team Venue Crowd Box Score Report
24 February Sydney Kings 93–100 Melbourne Tigers Sydney Entertainment Centre 5,890 box score report
26 February Melbourne Tigers 103–99 Sydney Kings State Netball and Hockey Centre box score report
28 February Sydney Kings 83–88 Melbourne Tigers Sydney Entertainment Centre 5,561 box score report

Awards[edit]

The MVP was awarded to Chris Anstey of the Melbourne Tigers.

The Grand Final MVP was also awarded to Chris Anstey.

The Coach of the Year went to Alan Westover of the Melbourne Tigers who coached the team to the title.

The Rookie of the Year went to Mark Worthington of the Sydney Kings.

All NBL Team[edit]

# Player Team
PG Brett Maher[1] Adelaide 36ers
SG C. J. Bruton Sydney Kings
SF Cortez Groves Wollongong Hawks
PF Larry Abney Townsville Crocodiles
C Chris Anstey Melbourne Tigers

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