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Ray Borner OAM (born 27 May 1962) is an Australian former basketball player who competed in the National Basketball League. He was named as the NBL's Most Valuable Player for the 1985 season, becoming the first Australian born player to win the award.

Ray Borner
Personal information
Born (1962-05-27) 27 May 1962 (age 57)
Ballarat, Victoria
Listed height208 cm (6 ft 10 in)
Listed weight114 kg (251 lb)
Career information
CollegeLSU (1981–1982)
Playing career1980–2001
PositionCentre / Power forward
Career history
1980–1985Coburg Giants
1986–1988Illawarra Hawks
1989–1992North Melbourne Giants
1993–1994Geelong Supercats
1995–2000Canberra Cannons
2001Wollongong Hawks
Career highlights and awards


After making his NBL debut for the Coburg Giants in 1980 at the age of 18, Borner spent the 1981–1982 off-season attending Louisiana State University where he played college basketball for the LSU Tigers.


Borner played 518 NBL games over 22 seasons for four separate teams: Coburg / North Melbourne Giants, Illawarra Hawks, Geelong Supercats and Canberra Cannons.[1][2] Borner won his only NBL Championship in 1989 as a member of the North Melbourne Giants who defeated the Canberra Cannons 2-0 in the best of 3 Grand Final series.


Borner also competed for the Boomers in four Summer Olympic Games: 1984 in Los Angeles, 1988 in Seoul, 1992 in Barcelona, and 1996 in Atlanta. He also played for the Boomers at the 1986, 1990 and 1994 FIBA World Championships[1]

As a 6'10" (208 cm), Borner was the starting Centre during his early career with the Boomers. From around 1987 with the emergence of other players such as Mark Bradtke (208 cm), John Dorge (209 cm) and 7'2" (218 cm) Luc Longley, while still playing centre in a number of games, Borner also began playing at Power forward for the national team.

Borner was inducted into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 and was awarded the Order of Australia medal on Australia Day in 2009.


  1. ^ a b Howell, Stephen (18 September 2002). "Borner still has that Olympic dream". The Age.
  2. ^ "Basketball Media Release: Four enter NBL Hall of Fame". 10 June 2006. Retrieved 4 February 2010.