Antwerp Giants

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Telenet Giants Antwerp
Telenet Giants Antwerp logo
Leagues Belgian League,
FIBA Europe Cup
Founded 1995; 22 years ago (1995)
History Racing Antwerpen
Antwerp Giants
Arena Lotto Arena
Arena Capacity 5,218
Location Antwerp, Belgium
Team colors White, Red
President Roger Roels
Head coach Roel Moors
Championships 1 Belgian Championships
2 Belgian Cups
2 Belgian Supercups
Retired numbers 1 (4)
Logo of the Antwerp Giants, without sponsor

Antwerp Giants, named Telenet Giants Antwerp for sponsorship reasons, are a Belgian professional basketball club based in Antwerp. Their home arena is Lotto Arena. The club was created from the merger of Sobabee and Racing Mechelen. Then named Racing Basket Antwerpen, it was renamed Antwerp Giants in 2005.


In 1995, Sobabee from Antwerp and Racing Mechelen merged into Racing Basket Antwerpen. The club made its debut on the highest stage in Belgium in the 1998–99 season. Antwerp was one of the top 3 teams till 2001. In the 1999–2000 season the club won its first national championship as Telindus Antwerpen, by beating Oostende 3–1 in the Finals. The team had a setback after the championship year and ended on the 6th, 7th or 8th place for five seasons in a row. In 2007 the club won its third trophy, by winning the Belgian Basketball Cup for the second time.

The second team of the club plays in the Belgian Second Division, while the women's team participates in the regional competition.

The team holds the attendance record for a basketball game in Belgium, with 17,135 spectators, on 31 January 2015, during their game against Spirou Charleroi, in the Sportpaleis.[1] In June 2017, it was announced that Telenet would become the main sponsor of the team for three seasons.[2]


The Port of Antwerp Giants logo (used until 2017)
Winners (1): 1999–2000
Winners (2): 1999–2000, 2006–07
Winners (2): 2007, 2016


Due to sponsorship reasons, the name of the club has frequently changed:

  • Racing Basket Antwerpen (1996–1999)
  • Telindus Racing Antwerpen (1999–2004)
  • Daewoo Racing Antwerpen (2005–2006)
  • Antwerp Giants Sanex (2006–2008)
  • Antwerp Diamond Giants (2008–2011)
  • Port of Antwerp Giants (2011–2017)
  • Telenet Giants Antwerp (2017–present)


Retired numbers[edit]

Antwerp Giants retired numbers
Nat. Player Position Tenure Retired
4 Belgium Roel Moors PG 2000–2002, 2009–2015 October 8, 2015[3]

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Telenet Giants Antwerp roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
PG 5 United States Lee, Paris 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 22 – (1995-04-20)20 April 1995
SG 7 Belgium Donkor, Dennis
SG 8 United States Clark, Jason 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 27 – (1990-01-16)16 January 1990
PF 10 Belgium Vanwijn, Hans
G 11 Belgium Vervoort, Thibaut
PF 13 Belgium Schoepen, Youri
C 14 Belgium Rogiers, Roby
F 15 Belgium Kuijt, Lander
PG 20 Belgium Akyazili, Thomas
C 21 Belgium Bako, Ismaël
C 22 United States Kingsley, Moses
PF 23 United States Dudzinski, Dave
G 24 United States Kalinoski, Tyler 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 24 – (1992-12-19)19 December 1992
G 25 Belgium Coppens, Lenny
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 22 August 2017

On loan[edit]

Antwerp Giants players out on loan
Nat. Player Position Team On loan since
Belgium Ordane Kanda-Kanyndia PG Netherlands Forward Lease Rotterdam June 2017

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. W–L Belgian Cup European competitions
2010–11 1 Division I 5th
Semifinalist 3 EuroChallenge
2011–12 1 Division I 3rd
Runner-up 3 EuroChallenge
2012–13 1 Division I 5th
Last 16 3 EuroChallenge
2013–14 1 Division I 4th
Runner-up 3 EuroChallenge
2014–15 1 Division I 6th
Semifinalist 3 EuroChallenge
2015–16 1 Division I 5th
Runner-up 3 FIBA Europe Cup
2016–17 1 Division I 3rd
Quarterfinalist 4 FIBA Europe Cup
2017–18 1 Division I 3 Champions League
4 FIBA Europe Cup

Former players[edit]

A list of former players of Antwerp Giants since 2000.


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