David Emil Andersen (born 23 June 1980) is an Australian professional basketball player for the Illawarra Hawks of the National Basketball League (NBL). One of Australia's most experienced and successful players, Andersen has won 11 championships abroad and has played in Italy, Russia, Spain, Turkey and France. He has also played in the NBA, spending two years in the league between 2009 and 2011. He has an Australian mother and a Danish father, and thus Andersen holds a Danish passport.
Andersen during his tenure with FC Barcelona
|No. 13 – Illawarra Hawks|
|Position||Power forward / Centre|
|Born||23 June 1980|
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school||Lake Ginninderra (Canberra, ACT)|
|NBA draft||2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37th overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|2010–2011||New Orleans Hornets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Andersen was born to parents Mary and Danny in Melbourne where he started playing basketball at Frankston East Primary School. His mother coached him and his brother, Stuart, at Frankston East and because there was only one team at the school, Andersen always played a year above his age.
At the age of 11, Andersen joined his local basketball association, the Frankston Blues, and in his first year at the club, the under 12 team he played in, won the championship. He played with the Frankston Blues Junior Program until he was 15 years old and then joined the Frankston Blues men's team, going on to play in the 1995 CBA Grand Final. After a successful Under 16 Australian Junior Championships with Victoria, Andersen was selected to join the Australian Institute of Sport Basketball Development Program. He subsequently moved to Canberra and in conjunction with the AIS, he attended Lake Ginninderra Secondary College. A three-year scholarship holder, Andersen played for the AIS in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) from 1996 to 1998 where he was named the Australian Junior Male Basketballer of the Year in 1998.
Australia and Italy (1998–2004)Edit
Following the conclusion of his time at the Australian Institute of Sport, Andersen signed a two-year deal with the Wollongong Hawks of the Australian National Basketball League. In 1998–99, he played 25 games while averaging 6.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
In 1999, Andersen left Wollongong and signed a multi-year deal with Kinder Bologna of the Italian LBA. In the 2000–01 season, he helped Kinder Bologna win the Italian Cup, the LBA championship, and the EuroLeague 2000–01 season championship.
On 26 June 2002, Andersen was selected with the 37th overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He returned to Kinder Bologna for the 2002–03 season, where he was named to the LBA All-Star Game for the first time.
In 2003, Andersen was forced to leave Bologna, after the club went into bankruptcy. He subsequently signed with Montepaschi Siena for the 2003–04 season, and went on to win the LBA Finals MVP award, after helping Montepaschi Siena win their first title. He also helped the club reach the EuroLeague Final Four, for the first time as well.
In 2004, Andersen signed a two-year deal with CSKA Moscow, then of the Russian Basketball Super League. In his first season with CSKA, the team were crowned Russian League champions and Russian National Cup champions, along with also making the 2005 Final Four of the EuroLeague. Andersen was also named to the All-EuroLeague First Team of the 2004–05 season. After a fantastic start to the 2005–06 season, Andersen unfortunately dislocated his ankle and fractured his fibula in January 2006, forcing him to return to Australia for surgery, specialist treatment and rehabilitation, before heading back to Russia to continue rehab and to support his team for their 2006 EuroLeague Final Four campaign. Andersen went on to re-sign with CSKA Moscow, and subsequently helped them win the 2007 and 2008 Russian Super League championships, as well as the 2008 EuroLeague championship.
On 14 July 2009, the Atlanta Hawks traded Andersen's rights to the Houston Rockets in exchange for cash and future draft considerations. On 11 August 2009, he signed a multi-year deal with the Rockets.
On 28 July 2010, Andersen was traded, along with cash considerations, to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for a 2015 protected second-round pick. On 20 November 2010, he was traded, along with Jarrett Jack and Marcus Banks, to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Jerryd Bayless and Peja Stojaković.
Return to Italy (2011–2012)Edit
On 28 June 2011, Andersen signed a three-year deal with Montepaschi Siena, returning to the club for a second stint. On 19 December 2011, he was formally waived by the New Orleans Hornets following the conclusion of the NBA lockout.
In August 2012, Andersen and Montepaschi agreed on a €800,000 buyout, and he subsequently signed a two-year deal with Fenerbahçe of the Turkish Super League (BSL). On 12 June 2013, he parted ways with Fenerbahçe.
Melbourne United (2016–2018)Edit
On 16 July 2016, Andersen signed a two-year deal with Melbourne United, returning to the NBL for the first time since 1999. For his return season in the NBL, he was named captain of United. He made his debut for United in their season opener on 7 October, scoring nine points in a 76–71 loss to the New Zealand Breakers. On 6 November, he scored a season-high 23 points in an 82–73 loss to the Illawarra Hawks. On 12 December, he was ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury.
On 23 March 2017, Andersen signed with his former club ASVEL Basket for the rest of the 2016–17 Pro A season. After helping ASVEL reach the semi-finals, he returned to Melbourne United for the 2017–18 season. In March 2018, at 37 years old, he became the oldest player to win his first NBL championship, after helping Melbourne defeated the Adelaide 36ers 3–2 in the grand final series.
Second stint with the Hawks and return to France (2018–present)Edit
On 15 July 2019, Andersen re-signed with the Illawarra Hawks for the 2019–20 season.
National team careerEdit
Andersen has represented the national teams of Australia on many occasions. As a junior national team member in 1996 and in 1998, he played at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament, where he was voted the tournament MVP. In 1999, he travelled to Portugal with the Australian men's Under-19 team to play in the FIBA Under-19 World Championship for Junior Men, and then to Japan in 2001, for the FIBA Under-21 World Championship for Junior Men.
In the 2003 off-season, Andersen was selected to play for the Australian Boomers in the Olympic Qualifying FIBA Oceania Championship against New Zealand. The Boomers won the series, and secured a place in the 2004 Summer Olympics. He went on to play for Australia in Athens, where the Boomers finished in ninth place.
With Andrew Bogut missing the 2012 London Olympics due to injury, Andersen became the Boomers' starting centre at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He was the Boomers' third-leading scorer, behind Patty Mills and Joe Ingles, and in six games, he had averages of 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game, and an impressive 40% three-point field goal percentage.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|†||Denotes seasons in which Andersen's team won the EuroLeague|
|1998–99||Wollongong Hawks||Australia NBL||23||?||.452||--||.638||3.9||.7||.4||.6||6.2|
|2004–05||CSKA Moscow||Superleague A||29||22.2||.543||--||.791||7.7||1.0||.5||.4||13.6|
|2013–14||SIG Strasbourg||LNB Pro A||25||27.0||.458||.468||.849||5.0||2.1||.6||.2||13.1|
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- "Rockets Acquire Rights to David Andersen". NBA.com. 14 July 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
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- "Raptors Acquire Andersen From Houston". NBA.com. 28 July 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- "HORNETS ACQUIRE JACK, ANDERSEN AND BANKS FROM RAPTORS". NBA.com. 20 November 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- "MONTEPASCHI brings back David Andersen". Euroleague.net. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- Reid, John (19 December 2011). "New Orleans Hornets waive David Andersen". NOLA.com. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- "David Andersen signed the contract with Fenerbahce". Sportando.com. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- "FENERBAHCE ULKER announces David Andersen". Euroleague.net. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- "David Andersen, Fenerbahce agreed to part ways". Sportando.com. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- "STRASBOURG lands legend David Andersen". Eurocupbasketball.com. 22 January 2014. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- "ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne inks three-time champ Andersen". Euroleague.net. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- Nagy, Boti (15 June 2016). "Australian triple-Olympian Dave Andersen wins another European championship, this time in France". AdelaideNow.com.au. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
- "DAVID ANDERSEN SIGNS ON THE DOTTED LINE". MelbourneUtd.com.au. 16 July 2016. Archived from the original on 16 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
- "AUSSIE STAR DAVID ANDERSEN SIGNS WITH UNITED". NBL.com.au. 16 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
- "O' Captain, my captain #NBLMediaDay". Twitter. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
- "GRITTY BREAKERS SMOTHER UNITED". NBL.com.au. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
- "ANDERSEN LEADS THE WAY IN ROAD LOSS TO THE HAWKS". MelbourneUtd.com.au. 6 November 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
- "DAVE ANDERSEN INJURY UPDATE". MelbourneUtd.com.au. 12 December 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
- "ASVEL signs David Andersen to replace the injured Adrian Uter". Sportando.com. 23 March 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
- "Transferts ProA 2017/18". basketeurope.com (in French). Retrieved 27 October 2017.
- "DAVID ANDERSEN KEEPS IT SIMPLE AS MELBOURNE UNITED CHASE TITLE WIN". fb.fdba.com.au. 31 March 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
- "The Illawarra Hawks Sign David Andersen". NBL.com.au. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- "David Andersen inks with Strasbourg". sportando.basketball. 24 February 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
- "David Andersen Re-signs with the Hawks". NBL.com.au. 15 July 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
- "2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup – David Andersen". FIBA.com. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- Basketball men believe they can win first medal at Rio Olympics
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to David Andersen.|
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
- Andersen's official website
- David Andersen at nba.com
- David Andersen at euroleague.net
- David Andersen at fiba.com
- David Andersen at acb.com (in Spanish)
- David Andersen at legabasket.it (in Italian)
- David Andersen at tblstat.net
- David Andersen at olympics.com.au