Gießen 46ers

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Gießen 46ers
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Nickname MTV Gießen
Leagues Basketball Bundesliga
Founded 1937
Arena Sporthalle Gießen-Ost
Arena Capacity 4,003
Location Gießen, Germany
Team colors Red, White, Black
President Heiko Schelberg
Head coach Denis Wucherer
Championships 5 German Championships
3 German Cups
1 German 2nd League
Website Team site
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Gießen 46ers is a professional basketball club based in Gießen, Germany, that plays in the Basketball Bundesliga. Their home arena is Sporthalle Gießen-Ost, with a capacity of 4,003 people.


The biggest achievements in club history are five German Championships (1965, 1967, 1968, 1975, 1978). Besides that, the 46ers have won the German Cup three times (1969, 1973, 1979). The most recent achievements were an appearance in the BBL semifinals in 2005, when the team lost the series 1-3, to the eventual champion GHP Bamberg, and the third place in the BBL Cup in 2006.

In the 2012–13 season, the 46ers relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time.[1] In the 2014–15 season, they were crowned the ProA champions and promoted back to the highest tier.[1]

They are known in the USA, for having been the team for which professional wrestler Kevin Nash (also known as Diesel) finished his professional basketball career, due to a knee injury.[2]


Winners: 1965, 1967, 1968, 1975, 1978
Winners: 1969, 1973, 1979

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. Postseason German Cup European Competitions
2008–09 1 Bundesliga 17 Relegated[a]
2009–10 1 Bundesliga 14
2010–11 1 Bundesliga 15
2011–12 1 Bundesliga 17 Relegated[a]
2012–13 1 Bundesliga 18 Relegated
2013–14 2 ProA 4 Semifinalist
2014–15 2 ProA 3 Promoted Champions
2015–16 1 Bundesliga 9
2016–17 1 Bundesliga 9
  1. ^ a b Gießen eventually did not relegate in the 2007–08 and 2011–12 season.


Current squad[edit]

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

Gießen 46ers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name
F 7 Germany Konstantin Kovalev
PG 8 Germany Achmadschah Zazai
G 9 United States Braydon Hobbs
SF 10 Cuba Yorman Polas Bartolo
G/F 11 Germany Anthony DiLeo (C)
SG 12 United States Eric James Palm
PF 13 Germany Benjamin Lischka
F/C 17 Nigeria Suleiman Braimoh
G 21 Germany Karsten Tadda
G 22 United States Cameron Wells
F/C 25 United Kingdom Gabriel Olaseni
F 34 United States Ethan Wragge
C 44 Germany Björn Schoo
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: Jan 23, 2016

Individual awards[edit]

Notable players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:
  • Set a club record or won an individual award as a professional player.
  • Played at least one official international match for his senior national team or one NBA game at any time.
  • Achieved significant notability outside of basketball.
  • Germany Henning Harnisch (3 seasons: 1985-88)
  • Germany Heiko Schaffartzik (2 seasons: 2004–05, 2007–08)
  • Slovakia Anton Gavel (2 seasons: 2004–2006)
  • United States Louis Campbell (2 seasons: 2004–2006)
  • United States Chuck Eidson (2 seasons: 2004–2006)
  • United States Kevin Nash (1 season: 1980–1981)

Top scorers[edit]

Season Player PPG
United States Ryan Brooks
United Kingdom Myles Hesson
United States Cameron Wells
Nigeria Suleiman Braimoh


  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ Davies, Ross. Kevin Nash, p.19

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