2011–12 Adelaide 36ers season

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Adelaide 36ers
Head Coach Marty Clarke
Captain Adam Ballinger
Arena Adelaide Arena (8,000)
NBL results
Ladder 9th (last)
Finals DNQ
Record
Wins 8
Losses 20
Adelaide 36ers seasons

The 2011-12 NBL season was the 30th season for the Adelaide 36ers in the NBL. After missing out on the playoffs in 2010-11 for the 4th time in the past 5 seasons and finishing the season in 8th position with a worst ever 9-19 record the 36ers, who have won the NBL Championship four times (1986, 1998, 1998–99 and 2001-02) will be looking to get back to a position of power in the league.

The season is the second year of a 3-year contract for head coach Marty Clarke.

The 36ers played their home games at the 8,000 seat Adelaide Arena, their home since 1992. The arena is the largest purpose built basketball venue in Australia and the third largest venue currently used in the NBL behind the Sydney Entertainment Centre (10,517) and the Vector Arena (8,500) in Auckland (NZ).

Adelaide Arena, home of the Adelaide 36ers

Off-season[edit]

Additions[edit]

Player Signed Former Team
Stephen Weigh Announced signing on 23 May 2011[1] Perth Wildcats
Nathan Crosswell Announced signing on 25 May 2011.[2] Townsville Crocodiles
Chris Warren Announced signing on 20 July 2011.[3] Ole Miss Rebels
John Williamson* Announced signing on 2 August 2011.[4] Honka Playboys
Wade Helliwell Announced signing on 18 August 2011.[5] Melbourne Tigers
Diamon Simpson* Announced signing on 10 October 2011.[6] Türk Telekom
Everard Bartlett** Announced signing on 17 December 2011.[7] Perth Wildcats

* Williamson was released by the Adelaide 36ers on 30 September 2011 due to a knee injury.[8] He was replaced by the signing of Diamon Simpson on 10 October.
** Everard Bartlett signed as an injury replacement for Nathan Crosswell.

Subtractions[edit]

(From the squad at the end of the 2010-11 NBL season)

Player Reason Left New Team
Eddie Shannon Not re-signed
Rhys Carter Signed to play in Sweden Uppsala Basket
Jeff Dowdell Not re-signed Cairns Taipans
Brad Hill Not re-signed Cairns Taipans
Jacob Holmes Not re-signed Townsville Crocodiles
Aaron Bruce Not re-signed Sydney Kings

Current roster[edit]

Adelaide 36ers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
SF 3 Australia Weigh, Stephen 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 105 kg (231 lb)
G/F 4 Australia Herbert, Nathan 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb)
PG 6 Australia Daly, Tom (DP) 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 77 kg (170 lb)
G 8 Australia Ng, Darren 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 77 kg (170 lb)
C 11 Australia Helliwell, Wade 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 118 kg (260 lb)
PG 12 United States Warren, Chris (I) 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 76 kg (168 lb)
PF 13 Australia Warbout, Jan (DP) 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
C 21 Australia Johnson, Daniel 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) 108 kg (238 lb)
SF 23 Australia Creek, Mitch 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 98 kg (216 lb)
G 24 Australia Crosswell, Nathan Injured 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 89 kg (196 lb)
G 32 New Zealand Bartlett, Everard 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 88 kg (194 lb)
PF 34 United States Simpson, Diamon (I) 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 104 kg (229 lb)
F/C 54 Australia Ballinger, Adam Injured (C) 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 113 kg (249 lb)
SG Australia Lycett, Matthew (DP) 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Australia Mark Radford

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (I) Import player
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 27 January 2012

Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Reserve
C Daniel Johnson Wade Helliwell
PF Diamon Simpson Jan Warbout Injured Adam Ballinger
SF Stephen Weigh Mitch Creek
SG Everard Bartlett Nathan Herbert Matthew Lycett Injured Nathan Crosswell
PG Chris Warren Darren Ng Tom Daly

Regular season[edit]

Ladder[edit]

# Team Pld W L Last 5 Streak Home Away For Against % Win %
1 New Zealand Breakers 28 21 7 4-1 L1 13-1 8-6 2,382 2,177 109.42% 75.00%
2 Perth Wildcats 28 19 9 3-2 W3 10-4 9-5 2,434 2,171 112.11% 67.86%
3 Gold Coast Blaze 28 17 11 3-2 W2 10-4 7-7 2,387 2,253 105.95% 60.71%
4 Townsville Crocodiles 28 15 13 2-3 L2 11-3 4-10 2,213 2,210 100.14% 53.37%
5 Cairns Taipans 28 15 13 2-3 W1 9-5 6-8 2,025 2,107 96.11% 53.37%
6 Melbourne Tigers 28 11 17 1-4 L3 7-7 4-10 2,156 2,239 96.29% 39.29%
7 Sydney Kings 28 11 17 2-3 L1 5-9 6-8 2,279 2,423 94.06% 39.29%
8 Wollongong Hawks 28 9 19 3-2 W3 4-10 5-9 2,093 2,232 93.77% 32.14%
9 Adelaide 36ers 28 8 20 1-4 L4 4-10 4-10 2,297 2,454 93.60% 28.57%

Ladder Progression[edit]

  • Numbers highlighted in green indicate that the team finished the round inside the top four.
  • Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the team finished first on the ladder in that round.
  • Numbers highlighted in red indicates the team finished last place on the ladder in that round.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Adelaide 36ers 9 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 9
Cairns Taipans 4 3 4 5 5 8 4 5 6 4 6 6 6 4 4 4 5 5 4 4 4 5 5 5 5
Gold Coast Blaze 7 7 7 8 8 7 5 4 4 7 4 4 4 7 6 5 4 4 3 5 3 3 3 3 3
Melbourne Tigers 3 6 3 3 2 3 2 3 3 5 3 3 3 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
New Zealand Breakers 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Perth Wildcats 2 2 1 2 3 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Sydney Kings 6 9 5 6 6 5 7 6 7 6 7 7 7 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Townsville Crocodiles 5 4 6 4 4 4 6 7 5 3 5 5 5 3 3 3 3 3 5 3 5 4 4 4 4
Wollongong Hawks 8 5 8 7 7 6 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 8

Game log[edit]

2011–12 season game log

Finals[edit]

The Adelaide 36ers failed to make the NBL playoffs for the third year in succession.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
Player GP Min FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Stephen Weigh 28 875:17 .395 .346 .778 4.9 1.8 0.5 0.3 11.4
Nathan Herbert 28 457:23 .346 .290 .875 2.4 0.7 0.7 0.1 4.4
Tom Daly 12 072:26 .438 .333 .455 0.7 0.6 0.3 0.0 1.8
Darren Ng 28 425:23 .386 .375 .950 1.7 0.7 0.6 0.1 6.1
Wade Helliwell 27 301:24 .392 .000 .667 1.4 0.3 0.3 0.2 2.3
Chris Warren 28 896:15 .406 .364 .844 2.3 3.2 0.8 0.2 14.2
Jan Warbout 2 002:59 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Daniel Johnson 28 862:12 .443 .378 .758 7.7 1.9 0.4 1.0 16.5
Mitch Creek 28 436:27 .442 .333 .552 3.0 1.2 0.4 0.2 5.4
Nathan Crosswell (VC)* 9 201:59 .458 .000 .714 2.0 4.7 0.6 0.0 7.7
Everard Bartlett 15 307:43 .393 .364 .800 2.1 1.9 0.9 0.1 5.9
Diamon Simpson 27 664:53 .592 .000 .542 8.6 0.9 0.9 1.5 14.3
Adam Ballinger (C)* 8 144:45 .333 .150 .750 4.1 0.9 0.4 0.6 5.5
Matthew Lycett 0 000:00 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

* Ballinger and Crosswell suffered season ending ankle and Achilles tendon injuries respectively in Round 10. Ballinger against the Sydney Kings and Croswell against New Zealand.

Finals[edit]

Awards[edit]

Player of the Week[edit]

Player of the Month[edit]

Coach of the Month[edit]

NBL Award Winners[edit]

Season Summary[edit]

Along with season ending injuries to the clubs captain and vice-captain (Adam Ballinger and Nathan Crosswell) in Round 10, the 36ers performed well at times in 2011-12 but the young team's inability to close out games or win close games saw them ultimately record a club worst ever 8-20 record. For only the second time in its history dating back to when they started as the Adelaide City Eagles in 1982, the club finished the season in last place.

Bright spots for the team were the emergence of centre and the NBL's Most Improved Player for 2012 Daniel Johnson who finally got court time to show his potential and finished the regular season in 3rd place in league average scores (16.5ppg), 5th in rebounding (7.7rpg) and 5th in blocked shots (1.0pg) as well as exciting import power forward Diamon Simpson who led the NBL in shooting percentage (59.2%), was 2nd in blocked shots (1.5pg) was 3rd in rebounding (8.6 rpg). Other bright spots in an otherwise dismal season included rookie import guard Chris Warren (14.2ppg) in his first professional role outside of college, the continued athleticism and defense of youngster Mitch Creek and the outside shooting of veteran Darren Ng.

Adelaide 36ers Awards[edit]

  • Most Valuable Player (Mark Davis Trophy): Daniel Johnson
  • Players Player: Daniel Johnson
  • Most Improved Player: Daniel Johnson
  • Best Defensive Player: Mitch Creek
  • Best Club Person: Carmel Margaritis (Choreographer - 36ers Dancers)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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