NBL Grand Final
|Other names||NBL Final|
|First meeting||10 June 1979|
|Latest meeting||26 February–5 March 2017|
|Next meeting||March 2018|
|Broadcasters||ABC (1979–1987, 1998–2001)
Seven Network (1988–1991)
Network Ten (1992–1997, 2011–2015)
Fox Sports (2002–2010, 2016–)
Nine Network (2016)
|Most wins||Perth Wildcats (8 titles)|
The NBL Grand Final is the championship series of the Australasian-based National Basketball League.
The series is played between the winners of the two teams for the best-of-three. Prior to 1986 the Grand Final was decided by a single game. From 2004 until 2009, the series was expanded to a best-of-five games.
The first NBL Grand Final was played on 10 June 1979 at the Albert Park Basketball Stadium in Melbourne. The St. Kilda Saints defeated the Canberra Cannons 94-93 to become the inaugural NBL Champions.
The Perth Wildcats hold the record for most Grand Final appearances with 11 between 1987 and 2013-14. They have also won a record 6 NBL championships. The Wildcats have not missed the NBL playoffs since 1986, a record of 28 consecutive years.
Rocky Smith (1980), Leroy Loggins (1987), Scott Fisher (1989), Chris Williams (2002–03), Chris Anstey (2005–06) and Cedric Jackson (2012-13) all won the Grand Final MVP and the regular season MVP awards in the same season.
The NBL Grand Final attendance record of 15,064 was set on 1 November 1996 at Melbourne Park when the South East Melbourne Magic defeated cross town rivals the Melbourne Tigers 88-84 in Game 2 of the series.
Grand Final Record
|12||Perth Wildcats||8||5||.545||Have not missed the playoffs since 1986|
|8||Melbourne United||4||4||.500||Formerly named the Melbourne Tigers till 2014|
|7||Adelaide 36ers||4||3||.571||Won the first 3-game Grand Final series in 1986|
|5||New Zealand Breakers||4||1||.800||Became the first non-Australian NBL champions in 2011|
|6||Brisbane Bullets||3||3||.500||Team folded in 2008, won the last stand alone GF in 1985, returned in 2016-17|
|5||Canberra Cannons||3||2||.600||Became the Hunter Pirates in 2003|
|5||Sydney Kings||3||2||.600||Team folded in 2008, returned in 2010|
|4||North Melbourne Giants||2||2||.500||Merged to form the Victoria Titans in 1998|
|4||South East Melbourne Magic||2||2||.500||Merged to form the Victoria Titans in 1998|
|2||St Kilda Saints||2||0||1.000||Inaugural NBL champions in 1979. Became the Westside Melbourne Saints in 1987|
|3||Illawarra Hawks||1||2||.333||Won their only title as the Wollongong Hawks in 2001|
|3||West Adelaide Bearcats||1||2||.333||Left the NBL in 1984, now in the ABA|
|1||Launceston Casino City Tigers||1||0||1.000||Played only 3 NBL seasons. Team folded in 1983|
|1||South Dragons||1||0||1.000||Quit the NBL after their 2009 championship win|
|2||Cairns Taipans||0||2||.000||Runners up in 2010-11 and 2014-15|
|2||Victoria Titans||0||2||.000||Became the Victoria Giants in 2002|
|2||West Sydney Razorbacks||0||2||.000||Became the Sydney Spirit in 2009, folded in the same year|
|1||Eastside Melbourne Spectres||0||1||.000||Merged to form the South East Melbourne Magic in 1991|
|1||Geelong Cats||0||1||.000||Became the Geelong Supercats in 1988, now in the ABA|
|1||Nunawading Spectres||0||1||.000||Became the Eastside Melbourne Spectres in 1987, now in the ABA|
|1||Townsville Crocodiles||0||1||.000||Runners up in 2000-01|
* Teams in bold are currently in the NBL