BV Den Helder

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Port of Den Helder Kings
Port of Den Helder Kings logo
Leagues Dutch Basketball League
Founded 1981[a]
Dissolved 2014[a]
History See Names
Arena Kingsdome
Arena Capacity 1,500[1]
Location Den Helder, Netherlands
Team colors White, Navy Blue, Azure
Main sponsor Port of Den Helder
Head coach Jean-Marc Jaumin
Championships 6 Dutch Championships
1 Dutch Cup
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Basketball Vereniging Den Helder or simply Den Helder, mostly known for sponsorship reasons as Port of Den Helder Kings is a former professional basketball club from Den Helder, Netherlands. The team played in the Dutch Basketball League, the highest professional league in the Netherlands.

The club has won the Dutch League six times and the NBB Cup once. In 2009, the club went bankrupt and was forced to leave the Dutch Basketball League, but in 2012 Den Helder returned to the highest stage. In 2014, the club went bankrupt once again.


The club was founded in 1981, and played in the Eredivisie in its first season. Home games were played in Sporthal Sportlaan and Sporthal de Slenk. With coach Ton Boot the club experienced its best years: the team won the championship 6 times between 1989 and 1998. Den Helder won the NBB Cup in 1992. In 2005, the club was forced to leave the Dutch Basketball League because of a shortage of money. The club played a few years in an amateur competition. Den Helder returned to the professional level in 2007, but after two seasons the club was declared bankrupt.[2]

In 2012 the club was refounded and entered the Dutch Basketball League as the Den Helder Kings.[3] Before the 2014 Playoffs, the name of the club was changed in Port of Den Helder Kings after the club started a conjunction with the Port of Den Helder.[4]

In the 2014–15 season, financial problems troubled the Kings once again. The team had a 200,000€ deficit in their budget and in December the club was declared bankrupt. All results of the team were removed and the Kings were expelled from the DBL.[5]


Since its establishment the club frequently changed its name due to sponsorship deals.[6]



  • 2007–2009:               
  • 2012–2013:          
  • 2013–2014:          


Dutch League

  • Winners (6): 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1994-95, 1997-98

Dutch Cup

  • Winners (1): 1991-92

Season by season[edit]

Note: Scroll down to see more seasons.
Season Domestic competitions Dutch Cup European competitions
Tier League Pos. Postseason Tier League Result
1981–82 1 Eredivisie 10 N/A
1982–83 1 Eredivisie 8 N/A
1983–84 1 Eredivisie 8 N/A
1984–85 1 Eredivisie 7 N/A
1985–86 1 Eredivisie 2 Finalist N/A
1986–87 1 Eredivisie 2 Finalist N/A
1987–88 1 Eredivisie 3 Semifinalist N/A
1988–89 1 Eredivisie 2 Champion N/A
1989–90 1 Eredivisie 1 Champion
Champions Cup
1990–91 1 Eredivisie 1 Champion
Champions Cup
1991–92 1 Eredivisie 2 Champion Champion
European League
1992–93 1 Eredivisie 2 Semifinalist
European League
1993–94 1 Eredivisie 1 Semifinalist Champion N/A
1994–95 1 Eredivisie 1 Champion Finalist N/A
1995–96 1 Eredivisie 2 Finalist
European League
1996–97 1 Eredivisie 4 Quarterfinalist N/A
1997–98 1 Eredivisie 1 Champion Finalist N/A
1998–99 1 Eredivisie 2 Finalist Finalist N/A
1999–00 1 Eredivisie 7 Semifinalist N/A
2001–02 1 Eredivisie 2 Quarterfinalist N/A
2002–03 1 Eredivisie 6 Quarterfinalist N/A
2003–04 1 Eredivisie 7 Quarterfinalist N/A
2004–05 1 Eredivisie 6 Quarterfinalist N/A
2005–07 Did not play
2007–08 1 Eredivisie 11 N/A
2008–09 1 Eredivisie 11 N/A
2009–13 Did not play
2012–13 1 DBL 6 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist N/A
2013–14 1 DBL 3 Semifinalist Quarterfinalist N/A
2014–15 1 DBL Dissolved in December 2014.


Individual awards[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
To perform very successfully during period in the club or at later/previous stages of his career.

Notable coaches[edit]


  1. ^ a b The original Den Helder professional team was founded in 1981. In its existence it went bankrupt and disappeared in 2009. The team returned in 2012. In 2014, Den Helder Kings was declared bankrupt.


  1. ^ [1] (Dutch)
  2. ^ "Basketball club Den Helder bankrupt". RTV N-H (in Dutch). June 16, 2009. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Den Helder professional basketball back in Eredivisie". Den Helder Kings (in Dutch). May 31, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Basketballers verder als Port of Den Helder Kings". Den Helder Actueel (in Dutch). 24 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ Historie

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