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New Zealand

New Zealand

FIBA Ranking 13th
Joined FIBA 1951
FIBA Zone FIBA Oceania
National Federation Basketball New Zealand
Coach Nenad Vučinić
Nickname(s) Tall Blacks
Olympic Games
Appearances 2
Medals None
World Championships
Appearances 3
Medals None
Oceania Championships
Appearances 19
Medals Gold: 1999, 2001, 2009
Silver: 1971, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2007
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Dark jersey
Team colours

The New Zealand national basketball team represents New Zealand in international basketball competitions. It is nicknamed the Tall Blacks, derived from the name of New Zealand's Rugby union team, the All Blacks.



The Tall Blacks competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and finished with a 1-5 record, their only win coming against Angola in the playoff for eleventh.

In 2001 they defeated Australia in a three-game series to qualify for the 2002 FIBA World Championships in Indianapolis. At the tournament they finished fourth, after beating Puerto Rico in the quarter-finals before losses to Serbia and Montenegro and Germany. Tall Blacks captain Pero Cameron was the only non-NBA player named to the all-tournament team in Indianapolis.

The Tall Blacks qualified for the 2004 Athens Olympics but again finished with a 1-5 record and lost to Australia in the playoff for ninth place. Their most noted moment was on the 7th day of the games, when they beat Serbia and Montenegro (the world champions) 90-87.

The Tall Blacks went on a South-American tour in 2006 as a lead up to the FIBA Basketball World Championships. They played Argentina (Olympic Champions and runners up in 2002 FIBA Championships), Brazil and Venezuela. They played four games against each country. The Tall Blacks got swept by Argentina and Brazil. They only managed one win against Venezuela but still lost the series 3-1.


2006 FIBA World Championships

In 2006, a few months before the FIBA world championships, the Tall Blacks took on the Australian Boomers in a post-tournament 4 game series. The Tall Blacks won a 2 game tie by points difference. The Tall Blacks also swept Qatar in a 2 game match up post tournament as well.

In 2006, the Tall Blacks were not to repeat their fourth-place finish as in 2002. Instead, they finished in the final 16 of the FIBA Basketball World Championships, after a second round loss to Argentina, 79-62, which knocked them out of the tournament.

After that disappointment, Tab Baldwin resigned as the coach of the Tall Blacks and was replaced by Nenad Vučinić, his long time assistant coach. The Tall Blacks just managed to make it to the final 16 as they were beaten by Spain, 86-70, (New 2006 FIBA World Champions), Germany, 80-56, and Angola, 95-73. Their only wins were over Panama, 86-75, and Japan, 60-57.

The Tall Blacks 'fourth place' spot went to Argentina, the team who knocked them out, and swept them in the post tournament series.

Olympic Games record

FIBA World Championship record

Notable players

Probably the most well-known former New Zealand Tall Black player in the National Basketball Association is New Orleans Hornets forward Sean Marks, who is in his ninth NBA season. Another New Zealand player, former University of Wisconsin star Kirk Penney, briefly played in the NBA, and later played with top European teams Maccabi Tel Aviv and Žalgiris, but now plays with the New Zealand Breakers in the Australian NBL. In past generations players such as Stan Hill and Glen Denham, were well revered and respected players who were the face of New Zealand Basketball.


New Zealand National Basketball Team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
SG 4 New Zealand Tait, Lindsay 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 93 kg (205 lb)
PG 5 New Zealand Fitchett, Mike 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 85 kg (187 lb)
SG 6 New Zealand Penney, Kirk (C) 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
PF 7 New Zealand Vukona, Mika 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 113 kg (249 lb)
SF 8 New Zealand Henry, Leon 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 96 kg (212 lb)
PG 9 New Zealand Webster, Corey 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 91 kg (201 lb)
PF 10 New Zealand Frank, Casey 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 98 kg (216 lb)
C 11 New Zealand Pledger, Alex 2.14 m (7 ft 0 in) 113 kg (249 lb)
SF 12 New Zealand Abercrombie, Tom 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 87 kg (192 lb)
PG 13 New Zealand Kenney, Jarod 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb)
C 14 New Zealand Loe, Rob 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 104 kg (229 lb)
PF 15 New Zealand Anthony, BJ 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 102 kg (225 lb)
SF -- New Zealand Cameron, Pero 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 109 kg (240 lb)
PF -- New Zealand Bradshaw, Craig 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 102 kg (225 lb)
PF -- New Zealand Trueman, Jeremiah 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain


Performance at Oceania Championship

Year Position Host
1971 2 Med 2.png FIBA Oceania Championship 1971
1975 2 Med 2.png FIBA Oceania Championship 1975
1978 2 Med 2.png FIBA Oceania Championship 1978
1979 2 Med 2.png FIBA Oceania Championship 1979
1981 2 Med 2.png FIBA Oceania Championship 1981
1983 2 Med 2.png FIBA Oceania Championship 1983
1985 2 Med 2.png FIBA Oceania Championship 1985
1987 2 Med 2.png FIBA Oceania Championship 1987
1989 2 Med 2.png FIBA Oceania Championship 1989
1991 2 Med 2.png FIBA Oceania Championship 1991
1993 2 Med 2.png FIBA Oceania Championship 1993
1995 2 Med 2.png FIBA Oceania Championship 1995
1997 2 Med 2.png FIBA Oceania Championship 1997
1999 1 Med 1.png FIBA Oceania Championship 1999
2001 1 Med 1.png FIBA Oceania Championship 2001
2003 2 Med 2.png FIBA Oceania Championship 2003
2005 2 Med 2.png FIBA Oceania Championship 2005
2007 2 Med 2.png FIBA Oceania Championship 2007
2009 1 Med 1.png FIBA Oceania Championship 2009


1986 World Championship: finished 21st among 24 teams

Gilbert Gordon, Peter Pokai, Stan Hill, Neil Stephens, Dave Edmonds, Ian Webb, Dave Mason, Tony Smith, Colin Crampton, Frank Mulvihill, Glen Denham, John Rademakers (Coach: Robert Bishop)

2000 Olympic Games: finished 11th among 12 teams

Sean Marks, Pero Cameron, Mark Dickel, Phil Jones, Kirk Penney, Robert Hickey, Nenad Vucinic, Tony Rampton, Paul Henare, Brad Riley, Ralph Lattimore, Peter Pokai (Coach: Keith Mair)

2002 World Championship: finished 4th among 16 teams Sean Marks, Pero Cameron, Mark Dickel, Phill Jones, Kirk Penney, Robert Hickey, Dillon Boucher, Damon Rampton, Ed Book, Paul Henare, Paora Winitana, Judd Flavell (Coach: Tab Baldwin)

2004 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 12 teams

Sean Marks, Mark Dickel, Phill Jones, Pero Cameron, Kirk Penney, Dillon Boucher, Ed Book, Paul Henare, Paora Winitana, Tony Rampton, Aaron Olson, Craig Bradshaw (Coach: Tab Baldwin)

2006 World Championship: finished 9th among 24 teams

Kirk Penney, Pero Cameron, Phill Jones, Mark Dickel, Casey Frank, Paul Henare, Dillon Boucher, Paora Winitana, Tony Rampton, Craig Bradshaw, Aaron Olson, Mika Vukona (Coach: Tab Baldwin)

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