David Cooper (basketball)

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David Cooper
Norwood Flames
Position Head coach
League Premier League
Personal information
Born (1976-10-15) 15 October 1976 (age 40)
Toowoomba, Queensland
Nationality Australian
Listed height 206 cm (6 ft 9 in)
Listed weight 95 kg (209 lb)
Career information
High school Gympie State (Gympie, Queensland)
Playing career 2000–2011
Position Centre / Power forward
Career history
As player:
2000–2002 Brisbane Bullets
2002 Dandenong Rangers
2002–2003 Victoria Giants
2003–2005 Manawatu Jets
2003–2004 Cairns Taipans
2004–2010 Adelaide 36ers
2006–2011 Norwood Flames
2009 Hawke's Bay Hawks
As coach:
2012 Norwood Flames (asst.)
2013–present Norwood Flames
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

David Cooper (born 15 October 1976) is an Australian former professional basketball player who played the majority of his career in the Australian National Basketball League (ANBL). He also played in the New Zealand NBL and the South Australian State League.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Toowoomba, Queensland, Cooper began his ANBL career in 2000 with the Brisbane Bullets. After two seasons playing for the Bullets, he joined the Victoria Giants for the 2002–03 NBL season. Following the 2002–03 season, Cooper moved to New Zealand where he joined the Manawatu Jets for the 2003 New Zealand NBL season. He went on to earn league MVP honours that year, while also garnering Most Outstanding Forward and All-Star Five honours.[1]

For the 2003–04 NBL season, Cooper joined the Cairns Taipans. In 35 games for the Taipans, he averaged 5.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.[2] He re-joined the Manawatu Jets for the 2004 New Zealand NBL season and won the Garry Pettis Memorial Trophy for leading the league in rebounding.[3]

For the 2004–05 NBL season, Cooper joined the Adelaide 36ers, the team he continued to play for until 2010 when he retired from the league following the 2009–10 NBL season. In 293 ANBL games over 10 seasons, he averaged 5.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.1 blocks per game.[2]

Cooper also played two more years in the New Zealand NBL (2005 with Manawatu, and 2009 with the Hawke's Bay Hawks),[4] and spent six years playing in the South Australian State League for the Norwood Flames between 2006 and 2011.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2012, Cooper became an assistant coach for the Norwood Flames.[6] He became head coach the following year, winning Central ABL Coach of the Year honours in 2014.[7]


  1. ^ "2003 National Basketball League". Basketball.org.nz. Archived from the original on 14 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Player statistics for David Cooper – NBL". FoxSportsPulse.com. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "2004 National Basketball League". Basketball.org.nz. Archived from the original on 14 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "DAVID COOPER JOINS THE HAWKS". FoxSportsPulse.com. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Player statistics for David Cooper – Central ABL". FoxSportsPulse.com. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "2012 Central ABL Team Lists". SportingPulse.com. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Starling, Lewis toast of the town". BotiNagy.com. 24 August 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 

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