Nelson Giants

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Nelson Giants
Nelson Giants logo
Leagues NBL
Founded 1982
Arena Saxton Stadium
Location Nelson, New Zealand
Team colors Navy Blue, White, Blue
Main sponsor Fico Finance
General manager New Zealand Sharona Gordon
Head coach United States Tim Fanning
Ownership Serbia Nenad Vučinić
Championships 3 (1994, 1998, 2007)
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The Fico Finance Nelson Giants are a basketball team that play in the New Zealand National Basketball League. Their home games are played at Saxton Stadium in Nelson, which were relocated from the Trafalgar Centre (The Hangar) in December 2013 due to the building being classified as earthquake prone. The Giants have won the NBL championship three times in their history, in 1994, 1998 and 2007. They are the only remaining original team in the New Zealand National Basketball League, as all other teams have spent at least one year out of the league, for various reasons.

The Giants are led by head coach Tim Fanning. Former Tall Blacks coach Nenad Vučinić is the owner and a former player, captain and coach of the Giants, winning championships as all four, the only person to do so. He also holds the NZNBL record for most wins. In their title winning 2007 season, American import Josh Pace led the team in scoring and was the league MVP.

The Giants have a loyal fan base, which is cheered on by a group of local hooligans known as the Nelson Giants Wannabes.

Current roster[edit]

Nelson Giants roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
G 1 United States Scott, DeRonn (I) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 82 kg (181 lb)
G 6 New Zealand Granger, Ali
F/C 8 Australia Duinker, Josh 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) 104 kg (229 lb)
G/F 10 New Zealand Dempster, Sam (C) 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
F 11 New Zealand Beri, Bronson 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in)
G 12 New Zealand Wehner, Justin (DP) 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
G 13 New Zealand Jones, Phill 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
F 14 New Zealand Vukona, Mika 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 103 kg (227 lb)
F 20 New Zealand Delany, Finn 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
F 24 New Zealand Rainbird, Adam Injured 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 88 kg (194 lb)
30 New Zealand Bensemann, Riley (DP)
G 32 New Zealand Marsh, Tyler (DP) 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
F 77 New Zealand Darling, Max (DP) 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
88 New Zealand Lindbom, Jordan (DP)
G 94 United States Moore, McKenzie (I) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
F New Zealand Trathen, Nic (DP)
New Zealand Anderson, Ben (DP)
New Zealand Taylor, Liam (DP)
Head coach
  • United States Tim Fanning
Assistant coach(es)
  • New Zealand Brendon Bailey
  • New Zealand Dave Singleton
  • New Zealand Claire Dallison
  • New Zealand Dawn Chalmers

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (I) Import player
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 2015-03-23

Notable former players[edit]

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