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The Australian men's national basketball team, known as the Boomers, represents Australia in international basketball competition. The team is named after the slang term for a male kangaroo. Australia finished fourth at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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FIBA ranking11 Decrease 1 (26 February 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1947
FIBA zoneFIBA Oceania
National federationBasketball Australia
CoachAndrej Lemanis
Nickname(s)Boomers
Olympic Games
Appearances14
FIBA World Cup
Appearances11
FIBA Oceania Championship
Appearances21
MedalsGold Gold: (1971, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015)
Silver Silver: (2001, 2009)
FIBA Asia Cup
Appearances1
MedalsGold Gold: (2017)
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Australia is a regional power in basketball. Placed in the relatively weak FIBA Oceania region, the Boomers's qualification for the Summer Olympic Games and FIBA World Cup is often a three-match competition against the other regional power, the New Zealand Tall Blacks.

Boomers's old logo

Before the formation of the National Basketball League (NBL) in 1979, Boomers players were selected from state leagues around the country, with Victoria, South Australia, and to a lesser extent New South Wales the dominant states. After the formation of the NBL, players began to be selected almost exclusively from that competition during the 1980s and 1990s.

Occasionally players were selected from outside the NBL. Mark Bradtke made his Boomers debut in 1987 while attending the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) before he entered the NBL. Luc Longley made his debut in 1988 while playing college basketball in the United States. Other Australian players enter the Euroleague and the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the U.S. The Boomers's roster for the 2014 World Cup included five NBA players: Cameron Bairstow with the Brisbane Bullets, Aron Baynes with the Boston Celtics, Matthew Dellavedova with the Milwaukee Bucks, and Dante Exum and Joe Ingles with the Utah Jazz. Three other players were ruled out of the World Cup due to injury play in the NBA, namely Andrew Bogut of the Los Angeles Lakers, rookie Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers and Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs.

Several players on youth national teams are student athletes at the AIS or in the US college basketball system. Some players (e.g. Longley) made the senior national team while at US schools. By the early 21st century, almost half of the squad was playing outside Australia. For the 2012 London Olympic Games, only two members of the Australian squad were based in the country – Peter Crawford and Adam Gibson, with the latter being the only Australia-based member of the 2014 World Cup squad. The AIS has helped Australia's popularity worldwide.

Australia has participated in the most Olympic men's basketball tournaments (14) without winning a medal. Australia has also participated in 11 FIBA World Cups without winning a medal, making Australia the nation with the second-most appearances at the tournament without winning a medal, behind Canada and Puerto Rico (both 13).

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HistoryEdit

Pre-1970sEdit

Australia debuted on the international stage at the 1956 Summer Olympic Games held in Melbourne. Australia did not fare well in the competition, defeating only two sides, (Singapore and Thailand), and finishing 12th. The seeds were sown for Australia to become a regular team in international events.[2]

After not qualifying for the 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome, Italy, Australia returned to compete at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games. The Australians improved on their position in Melbourne, to be ranked ninth at the completion of the games.[2] After failing in their bid to qualify for the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, the Australians were left in international isolation.

1970–80sEdit

They did not play again in a major international tournament until 1970, when the team qualified for the FIBA World Championship for the first time. The team finished in 12th place, with their sole victory coming over the United Arab Republic.[2]

The 1972 Munich Olympic Games was a changing of the guard for the Australians. Lindsay Gaze made his coaching debut, after playing at the 1964 Summer Olympics.[3] Australia again finished ninth, but close defeats to Czechoslovakia and Spain left the team close to advancing to the second round. Eddie Palubinskas was the holder of the second highest scoring average of the tournament.[2]

At the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, Eddie Palubinskas finished as the top overall scorer, and set three Olympic scoring records, including the most points scored in a single Olympics to that time, with 269 points. The Boomers defeated Mexico, 120–117, in an overtime game, and defeated Japan, 117–79, as they moved to the second round of the tournament for the first time, on their way to an eighth-place finish.[2]

In 1978, the Boomers headed to the Philippines for the 1978 FIBA World Championship. Australia played their most successful tournament to that time, defeating Czechoslovakia, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines (twice), and playing eventual gold medallist Yugoslavia, losing 105–101. The Boomers advanced to the semi-final round, and placed seventh.[2]

In the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, the Boomers played their best Olympic tournament to that date, equalling their 1976 finish of eighth place. The Boomers defeated eventual silver medallist Italy, 84–77, in the preliminary round, but due to a three-way tie with Italy and Cuba, the team failed to advance to the final round, despite 5 wins and 2 losses.

Two years later, the 1982 FIBA World Championship was held in Colombia. The Australians finished in fifth place.

The Boomers were captained at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games by Phil Smyth, and introduced coach Lindsay Gaze’s 19-year-old son, Andrew Gaze, to the world stage. Australia advanced to the second round, following victories over Brazil and West Germany. A loss to Italy, and a 16-point win over Egypt, left the Boomers in a must-win situation against Spain, to advance to the medal round. Spain went up big early in the first half, but the Boomers fought back, ultimately losing by a score of 101–93, ending their medal hopes with an Olympic best seventh-place finish.

Following the 1984 Olympics, Adrian Hurley took over as team coach from Lindsay Gaze.

The 1986 FIBA World Championship was a bit disappointing for Australia. Losses to Uruguay, Angola, and the Soviet Union during group play kept the Boomers from advancing, and the team finished 17th. Due to a FIBA rule allowing one naturalised player per squad at the World Championship, American born point guard Cal Bruton made his Boomers debut at the age of 32.

In 1987, the Boomers faced a home series against the Soviet Union (known as the Wang Superchallenge) and although they lost all 6 games, the team, with all players drawn from the NBL other than Australian Institute of Sport attendee, 6'10" (208 cm) centre / power forward Mark Bradtke who was making his debut for the Boomers as a 17 year old (Bradtke would make his NBL debut in 1988 with the Adelaide 36ers).[4]

Motivated by the 1986 FIBA World Championship, Australia showed up to the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games with quite possibly its most talented roster to that date. Captained by Phil Smyth, the team included Andrew Gaze, Damian Keogh, Darryl Pearce, Ray Borner, and future Chicago Bulls triple NBA Championship winning centre, 7'2" (218 cm) Luc Longley who was attending the University of New Mexico. The Boomers breezed through the first round, losing only to gold medallist Soviet Union and silver medallist Yugoslavia. Finishing third place in their group, Australia advanced to the quarter finals, where they defeated Spain in a closely fought game, by a score of 77–74, sending the Boomers to their first ever semi-finals. There they met the United States (including future NBA Hall of Fame player David Robinson), who ended Australia’s dream run with a 78–55 victory. Despite the disappointing loss, the Boomers’ fourth-place finish was their best ever result at an Olympic Games (or World Championship) and solidified their status as a rising team.

1990s: Gaze, Heal and LongleyEdit

Australia flew off to Buenos Aires for the 1990 FIBA World Championship. Led by Andrew Gaze’s 24.3 points per game, fourth most in the tournament, the team defeated China, Brazil and Argentina (twice) on their way to a respectable seventh-place finish.

At the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, the Boomers looked to prove their fourth-place run at Seoul was no fluke. In the first Summer Olympic Games since the Soviet Union’s dissolution, and the first that FIBA allowed professional basketball players to play in, Australia played to a respectable 4–4 record and sixth place. The 1992 Olympics saw the return of NBA center Luc Longley for the Boomers.

Prior to the 1992 Olympics, the Boomers played in a 3-game home series against a visiting "All-Star" team headlined by NBA and NCAA college basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Boomers won the series 2–1 including attracting a then Australian basketball record 15,000 fans to the National Tennis Centre in Melbourne. The Boomers also played in the 1992 NBL All-Star Game at the AIS Arena in Canberra against the "USA Stars" (made up of import players in the NBL) which was played on 4 July and was promoted as the "Independence Day Challenge". The Boomers won the game 149–132 with Andrew Gaze scoring 43 points.[5]

At the 1994 FIBA World Championship at Toronto, Andrew Gaze starred for the Boomers, leading the tournament with an average of 23.9 points per game. In victories over Puerto Rico, South Korea, and Cuba, Gaze scored 34, 31, and 30 points, respectively. Australia finished with a 5–3 record, and finished the tournament in fifth place. This was Phil Smyth’s last World Championship appearance as a player.

Smyth, the teams long-time captain and point guard would play one last time for the Boomers in March 1995 in Game 4 of a 5-game series against the touring Magic Johnson All-Stars in front of a packed house (12,000) at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. The Boomers lost in both Adelaide and Brisbane and were ultimately swept 5–0 by the All-Stars (who included former NBA stars Magic Johnson and Mark Aguirre), they pushed the visitors all the way in Game 3 at the National Tennis Centre, while Games 4 (Sydney) and 5 (Perth Entertainment Centre) went into overtime. The series however saw the Boomers without 4 of their usual starting 5 with only Andrew Vlahov who captained the side playing all 5 games. Missing for the Boomers were Andrew Gaze (playing in Greece), Shane Heal, Mark Bradtke and Luc Longley who was playing for the Chicago Bulls.

The 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games were another solid showing for Australia. Led by Andrew Gaze, and featuring Shane Heal, the team rolled through the early competition, losing only to eventual silver medallist Yugoslavia, and scoring over 100 points in every other preliminary game. In the quarterfinals, the Boomers played a hard fought game against Croatia. The game came down to the wire, as forward Tony Ronaldson hit a 3-pointer to win the game, and advance Australia to the semi-finals. There they met the United States, who were powered by a roster of professional NBA players, and the Boomers were defeated 101–73. Lithuania would defeat Australia in the bronze medal game, and the Boomers equalled their 1988 fourth-place finish.

Just prior to the 1996 Olympics, the Boomers played the USA in a warm up game. The game, played at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, was won 118–77 by the USA, though Heal topped all scorers with 28 points including hitting 8 of 12 three pointers. Heal had a running battle with NBA superstar Charles Barkley during the game with the two almost coming to blows at one point, though they hugged in mutual respect on-court after the game.[6]

Following their exciting run at Atlanta, the Boomers showed up in Greece, for the 1998 FIBA World Championship with high hopes. Shane Heal and Andrew Gaze both finished among the top five scorers, with averages of 17.0 and 16.9 points per game, respectively; but a loss to the United States knocked Australia out of medal contention. The Boomers finished the tournament respectably with wins over Canada and Brazil, and walked away with ninth place.

2000s: Sydney Olympics, Commonwealth Games and BogutEdit

The 2000 Summer Olympic Games projected to be an extremely exciting affair for the Boomers, as they played as host in Sydney. Despite losses in both of their first two games, Australia recovered nicely, and won their next four games over Russia, Angola, and Spain, to propel them into the quarter finals, where they defeated Italy. But Australia’s first basketball medal was not to be, as France won the semi final match, and Lithuania captured the bronze medal game. Although their goal of medalling was not achieved, the Boomers gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about, on their way to a fourth-place finish.

After failing to qualify for the 2002 FIBA World Championship, the Boomers came into the 2004 Athens Olympic Games hungry for victory. Captained by Shane Heal, and featuring future NBA Draft first pick Andrew Bogut in his international debut, Australia fought hard on their way to a ninth-place finish.

In early 2006, Australia entered the first ever Commonwealth Games basketball competition in their home city of Melbourne and went through the tournament undefeated to claim the gold medal. Later in 2006 at the FIBA World Championship in Japan, Australia was led in scoring by Andrew Bogut, C.J. Bruton, and Jason Smith. Despite their efforts, the Boomers failed to qualify for the playoff rounds, and finished tied for ninth place.

The Boomers entered the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games with one of their more talented rosters to date, which included Andrew Bogut, C.J. Bruton, Captain Matthew Nielsen, and Patty Mills, in his international debut. Despite his youth, Mills had a hot hand, scoring over 20 points on several occasions, and leading the team with an average of 14.2 points per game. Australia made the quarter finals, but gold medallists United States put the Boomers away late in the game, ending their run with a seventh-place finish.

2010s: Additional NBA playersEdit

 
Team Australia at the 2014 FIBA World Cup before beating Lithuania 82-75.

The Boomers qualified for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey and placed 10th overall. In 2011, Melbourne-born number one NBA draft pick Kyrie Irving considered declaring his international allegiance to Australia in order to compete in the 2012 Olympics, but eventually opted to wait for international selection for the United States.[7]

Despite Irving declining the offer to represent his country of birth, the Boomers entered the 2012 London Olympic Games with arguably their most talented roster since 2000, though they were missing their star centre Andrew Bogut, who was out with a broken ankle. Australia made the quarter finals with a 3–2 win-loss record, but gold medallists United States put the Boomers away late in the game, ending their run with a seventh-place finish again.

Following the London Olympics, Brett Brown announced his decision to step down as Boomers head coach, citing his desire to spend more time with his family in the United States. As of December 2012, Basketball Australia was yet to announce his replacement, although one of his assistants, dual National Basketball League championship winning coach with the New Zealand Breakers, Andrej Lemanis, was one of the favourites to win the job.[8]

On 24 April 2013, Lemanis was announced as the new head coach of the Boomers.[9][10][11]

By winning the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship, Australia qualified for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. Australia was drawn into Group D, alongside Lithuania, Slovenia, Angola, Mexico, and South Korea. After suffering an opening round 90-80 loss to Slovenia, Australia bounced back, stringing together three consecutive wins over South Korea, Lithuania and Mexico, the first time in 16 years that Australia had won 3 consecutive matches at the FIBA World Cup.[12][13] However, in their next match Australia suffered a 91–83 loss to Angola, which came despite leading by 15 points in the middle of the third quarter. This result, combined with Lithuania's 67-64 win over Slovenia, meant that Australia finished third in their group, qualifying for the knockout stage of the tournament.

Australia's top-five NBA draft picks

Because Australia would finish third by losing, and that finishing third would benefit Australia more than finishing second, combined with the absences of fit key players Aron Baynes and Joe Ingles led to allegations that Australia deliberately lost their game against Angola in order to finish third in their group, and as a result, avoid the United States until the semi-finals, with Slovenian basketballer Goran Dragić posting "Basketball is a beautiful sport, there is no room for fixing the game like today Australia vs Angola!! @FIBA should do something about that!" on Twitter. However, these claims were denied by Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis.[14][15][16][17][18][19][20] On 26 November 2014, Australia was cleared of tanking by FIBA.[21][22][23][24]

Australia met World No. 7 Turkey in the knockout stage of the tournament. Australia suffered a 65-64 loss to Turkey, ending their World Cup campaign, meaning that for the 11th World Cup, Australia would return home empty handed.

Leading into the 2016 Rio Olympics, Australia saw a surge in locals being drafted into the NBA. Along with former number 1 NBA draft pick Andrew Bogut, Dante Exum was taken with the fifth pick in the 2014 NBA draft and Ben Simmons was selected with the first pick in the 2016 NBA draft, adding to already established Australian NBA players in Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Joe Ingles and Aron Baynes. Forward Thon Maker was also drafted with the 10th pick in the 2016 NBA draft. Despite Exum, Maker and Simmons electing not to compete in the 2016 Olympics, the Australians equaled their best ever performance by reaching the semifinals and losing their bronze medal playoff with Spain by one point.

2017: Move into Asian basketballEdit

In August 2015, FIBA announced Australia would be joining the Asian basketball zone for future tournaments, starting with the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup.[25] The Boomers were victorious in their inaugural Asia Cup appearance[26] and turned their attention to 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers against Asian opposition. In July 2018, during the 3rd quarter of their game against the Philippines for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification (Asia), Filipino player Roger Pogoy hit Chris Goulding with a hard foul causing teammate Daniel Kickert to retaliate with an elbow strike which sparked a full-scale brawl between the Australians and the Filipinos.[27] Suspensions and fines were handed off to those involved including players from both teams, Filipino coaches and the referees for failing to control the game.[28]

RecordsEdit

Andrew Gaze holds the record for most appearances with the Boomers at 297 international games.[29] Gaze also holds the record for the most points scored by a Boomer.

Tournament historyEdit

A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within Australia

Olympic GamesEdit

Summer Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W L
  1936 Did not participate
  1948
  1952
  1956 Playoff 12th 5 2 3
  1960 Did not participate
  1964 Playoff 9th 9 4 5
  1968 Did not participate
  1972 Playoff 9th 9 5 4
  1976 Quarter-finals 8th 7 2 5
  1980 Quarter-finals 8th 8 6 2
  1984 Quarter-finals 7th 8 4 4
  1988 Semi-finals 4th 8 4 4
  1992 Quarter-finals 6th 8 4 4
  1996 Semi-finals 4th 8 5 3
  2000 Semi-finals 4th 8 4 4
  2004 Playoff 9th 6 2 4
  2008 Quarterfinals 7th 6 3 3
  2012 Quarterfinals 7th 6 3 3
  2016 Semi-finals 4th 8 5 3
Total 0 Titles 14/19 104 53 51

FIBA World CupEdit

NB: This competition was known as the FIBA World Championship through the 2010 edition.

FIBA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W L
  1950 Did not participate
  1954
  1959
  1963
  1967
  1970 Playoff 12th 8 1 7
  1974 Playoff 12th 8 2 6
  1978 Quarter-finals 7th 10 3 7
  1982 Quarter-finals 5th 9 4 5
  1986 Playoff 17th 5 2 3
  1990 Quarter-finals 7th 8 4 4
  1994 Quarter-finals 5th 8 5 3
  1998 Playoff 9th 11 5 6
  2002 Did not qualify
  2006 Playoff 13th 6 2 4
  2010 Playoff 10th 6 3 3
  2014 Round of 16 12th 6 3 3
  2019 Qualified
  
  2023
To be determined
Total 0 Titles 11/17 85 34 51

FIBA Asia CupEdit

FIBA Asia Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W L
19602015 Did not participate
  2017 Champions 1st 6 6 0
Total 1 Title 1/30 6 6 0

FIBA Oceania ChampionshipEdit

FIBA Oceania Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W L
  1971 Champions 1st 3 3 0
  1975 Champions 1st 3 3 0
  1978 Champions 1st 3 2 1
  1979 Champions 1st 3 3 0
  1981 Champions 1st 2 2 0
  1983 Champions 1st 2 2 0
  1985 Champions 1st 3 3 0
  1987 Champions 1st 3 3 0
  1989 Champions 1st 2 2 0
  1991 Champions 1st 2 2 0
  1993 Champions 1st 3 3 0
  1995 Champions 1st 3 3 0
  1997 Champions 1st 3 3 0
  1999 Did not participate
  2001 Runner-up 2nd 3 1 2
  2003 Champions 1st 3 3 0
  2005 Champions 1st 3 3 0
  2007 Champions 1st 3 2 1
  /   2009 Runner-up 2nd 2 1 1
  2011 Champions 1st 3 3 0
  /   2013 Champions 1st 2 2 0
  /   2015 Champions 1st 2 2 0
Total 19 Titles 20/21 55 48 5

FIBA Diamond BallEdit

FIBA Diamond Ball record
Year Round Position Pld W L
  2000 Champions 1st 3 3 0
  2004 Playoff 5th 3 1 2
  2008 Runner-up 2nd 3 2 1
  2012 Cancelled
Total 1 Title 3/3 9 6 3

FIBA Stanković CupEdit

FIBA Stanković Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W L
  2005 Third place 3rd 5 3 2
  2006 Playoff 6th 3 0 3
  2007 Did not participate
  2008 Did not participate
  2009 Champions 1st 4 4 0
  2010 Runner-up 2nd 4 3 1
  2011 Runner-up 2nd 4 2 2
  2012 Runner-up 2nd 4 1 3
Total 1 Title 5/7 20 12 8

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Commonwealth Games record
Year Round Position Pld W L
  2006 Champions 1st 5 5 0
  2018 Champions 1st 5 5 0
Total 2 Titles 2/2 10 10 0

General resultsEdit

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

Roster for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.[30]

Australia men's national basketball team – 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
SF 12 Deng Adel 22 – (1997-02-01)February 1, 1997 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Canton Charge  
C 46 Aron Baynes 32 – (1986-12-09)December 9, 1986 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Boston Celtics  
C 12 Andrew Bogut 34 – (1984-11-28)November 28, 1984 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Golden State Warriors  
SF 10 Todd Blanchfield 27 – (1991-11-07)November 7, 1991 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Sydney Kings  
F/C 43 Jonah Bolden 23 – (1996-01-02)January 2, 1996 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Philadelphia 76ers  
G/F 55 Mitch Creek 27 – (1992-04-27)April 27, 1992 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Minnesota Timberwolves  
PG 18 Matthew Dellavedova 28 – (1990-09-08)September 8, 1990 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Cleveland Cavaliers  
SG 3 Cameron Gliddon 30 – (1989-08-16)August 16, 1989 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Canterbury Rams  
SG 43 Chris Goulding 30 – (1988-10-24)October 24, 1988 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Melbourne United  
G/F 2 Joe Ingles 31 – (1987-10-02)October 2, 1987 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Utah Jazz  
F/C 12 Nicholas Kay 27 – (1992-08-03)August 3, 1992 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Wellington Saints  
C 15 Jock Landale 23 – (1995-10-25)October 25, 1995 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Zalgiris Kaunas  
SG 10 Mitch McCarron 27 – (1992-06-30)June 30, 1992 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) Melbourne United  
PG 8 Patty Mills 31 – (1988-08-11)August 11, 1988 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) San Antonio Spurs  
F/C 22 Brock Motum 28 – (1990-10-16)October 16, 1990 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Anadolu Efes  
G/F 25 Ben Simmons 23 – (1996-07-20)July 20, 1996 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Philadelphia 76ers  
PG 20 Nathan Sobey 29 – (1990-07-14)July 14, 1990 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) SIG Strasbourg  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (NP) Naturalized player
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 8 August 2017

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Aron Baynes Andrew Bogut Isaac Humphries
PF Jonah Bolden Thon Maker Brock Motum
SF Ben Simmons Ryan Broekhoff Deng Adel
SG Joe Ingles Dante Exum Mitch Creek
PG Patty Mills Matthew Dellavedova Josh Green

Notable playersEdit

Head coach positionEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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