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Melbourne United
2019–20 Melbourne United season
Melbourne United logo
LeagueNBL
Founded1984
HistoryMelbourne Tigers
1984–2014
Melbourne United
2014–present
ArenaMelbourne Arena
Capacity10,500
LocationMelbourne, Victoria
Team coloursNavy, white, grey
              
CEOVince Crivelli
Head coachDean Vickerman
Team captainChris Goulding
OwnershipLarry Kestelman & Michael Slepoy
Championships5 (1993, 1997, 2006, 2008, 2018)
Retired numbers6 (6, 8, 10, 21, 25, 50)
WebsiteMelbourneUtd.com.au

Melbourne United is an Australian professional basketball team based in Melbourne, Victoria. United compete in the National Basketball League (NBL) and play their home game at Melbourne Arena.

The team made their debut in the NBL in 1984 as the Melbourne Tigers, as an extension of the Melbourne Basketball Association (MBA). The franchise entered into private ownership in 2002, ending the team's relation with the MBA; the Tigers were led by coach Lindsay Gaze and his son Andrew from 1984 until 2005, with the pair guiding the Tigers to two championships in the 1990s. The pair were supported by fellow club legends such as Dave Simmons, Lanard Copeland and Mark Bradtke. Four consecutive NBL Grand Finals followed between 2006 and 2009, with championships coming in 2006 and 2008 behind the likes of Chris Anstey and Darryl McDonald. After 31 seasons of using the Melbourne Tigers name, the franchise was renamed Melbourne United in May 2014, a change that was not well received by Tigers fans, former Tigers players, or the wider NBL community.[1][2] Four years later, the franchise won their first NBL Championship since adopting the Melbourne United name, their five championships is second only to the Perth Wildcats (nine) for most titles in NBL history.

Franchise history[edit]

Gaze era (1984–2005)[edit]

Melbourne United's history stems back to 1931 with the beginning of basketball in Victoria; the Melbourne Tigers brand came into use in 1975, and after the Tigers won the South Eastern Basketball League (SEBL) title in 1983, a new Melbourne Tigers entity was entered into the National Basketball League (NBL) in 1984, as an extension of the Melbourne Basketball Association (MBA). The Tigers struggled initially, given a lack of financial resources.[3] During the early struggles of the 1980s, the Tigers were led by coach Lindsay Gaze and his son Andrew. Andrew Gaze was a prolific scorer, as he set a still-standing NBL record with 44.1 points per game for the 1987 season. During the year, he had a 60-point game against the Newcastle Falcons. Despite his dominance, the Tigers finished with a 3–23 record; the addition of imports David Colbert and Dave Simmons in 1989 saw the Tigers make their first-ever finals appearance.

The addition of Lanard Copeland in 1992 led to the Tigers reaching their maiden NBL Grand Final series, where they were defeated 2–1 by the South East Melbourne Magic. Gaze and Copeland formed arguably the best back-court partnership in NBL history, with Copeland happily playing second fiddle to Gaze and almost always stepping up as the "go to" man when Gaze was absent.[4] Joining Gaze, Copeland and Simmons in 1993 was Mark Bradtke, as the foursome led the Tigers back to the NBL Grand Final, where they faced the Perth Wildcats. Having split the first two games, Game 3 in Perth went down to the wire. A tense and tight affair led to a frantic final minute – with the Wildcats trailing by three and Andrew Vlahov holding possession, his three-point attempt from the top of the arc looked oh-so-good, before completing a near-full circle of the rim and hitting the backboard before rattling out,[5] it was a fitting maiden championship win for Andrew and Lindsay Gaze, with the father-son duo embracing in a memorable teary breakdown following the game.[6]

The Tigers returned to the NBL Grand Final in 1996, where they were once again beaten 2–1 by the South East Melbourne Magic. Following the 1996 season, the Tigers parted ways with Dave Simmons; the 1997 season began with import Jarvis Lang being released and replaced by Marcus Timmons. Behind Gaze, Copeland, Bradtke and Timmons, the Tigers reached their fourth NBL Grand Final series, as they finished the 1997 season on a 17–1 run that included a record 16-game winning streak,[3] they once again faced the Magic, this time claiming a 2–1 victory to win their second NBL Championship.

The Tigers were unable to recapture their championship form throughout the rest of the 1990s and the early 2000s. In 2002, the franchise entered into private ownership after the organisation had racked up a $2 million debt. Poor management has led losses to mount rapidly in the so-called professional phase of the Melbourne Basketball Association's ownership of the franchise. A new ownership consortium under Melbourne businessman Seamus McPeake and the Gazes saw financial stability restored to the organisation for the 2002–03 season.[7]

New championship era (2005–2009)[edit]

Melbourne's championship banners

The Gaze era ended in 2005 with the retirement of coach Lindsay and the sport's greatest Australian player, Andrew.[4] In addition, the Tigers parted ways with both Mark Bradtke and Lanard Copeland. Darryl McDonald and imports Rashad Tucker and Dave Thomas were joined by Chris Anstey for the 2005–06 season. Fellow stalwarts in the team included Daryl Corletto, Stephen Hoare and Tommy Greer. Behind coach Al Westover, the Tigers reached the 2006 NBL Grand Final series, where they swept the Sydney Kings 3–0; the 2006–07 season saw the Tigers return to the NBL Grand Final, where they were defeated 3–1 by the Brisbane Bullets. The 2007 off-season saw the Tigers acquire David Barlow and Nathan Crosswell, joining a core of Anstey, McDonald, Thomas, Corletto, Hoare and Greer. Import Sean Lampley joined the Tigers mid-season and helped them reach their third straight NBL Grand Final, where they once again faced the Sydney Kings; the series was tied at 2–2 heading into the deciding Game 5. Game 5 saw the Tigers complete the job they were so close to doing in Game 4 at home by winning 85–73 at the Kingdome to celebrate Darryl McDonald's last game in style. Both Anstey and Thomas finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds.[8] In 2008, the Tigers acquired the services of Sam Mackinnon and Ebi Ere, while long-time swingman Dave Thomas departed for Cairns. However, following an injury to Mackinnon and the mid-season departure of Rod Grizzard, Thomas and Luke Kendall were acquired in January 2009; the 2008–09 season saw the Tigers return to the NBL Grand Final for a fourth straight year, but they were defeated 3–2 by the South Dragons.

End of Tigers era (2009–2014)[edit]

In May 2009, the Tigers made a short-lived decision to sit out the 2009–10 season, after losing money in 2008–09 for the first time in five years; the franchise felt that NBL reforms had not gone far enough to make it feasible to play.[9] They ultimately continued on in the now eight-team competition in 2009–10.[10]

Sam Mackinnon continued on with the Tigers in 2009, while Mark Worthington was acquired following the demise of the South Dragons. Star imports Ebi Ere and Dave Thomas parted ways with Melbourne after the franchise decided to go with an 'all-Australian' roster;[11] the policy was short-lived as Julius Hodge joined the Tigers in November, while Mike Rose joined the squad in January.

In the off-season of 2010, the Tigers roster was dismantled after the departure of Hodge, Worthington and Nathan Crosswell, as well as the retirements of NBL greats Mackinnon and Anstey; the team picked up imports TJ Campbell and Eric Devendorf, as well as Australians Cameron Tragardh, Matt Burston, Wade Helliwell, Luke Nevill and Lucas Walker. Corletto and Greer continued on with the Tigers, as did Bennie Lewis. 2010 NBL MVP Corey Williams joined the squad in November in place of the outgoing Campbell, while Nevill and Devendorf were let go in February. Club legend Darryl McDonald completed the 2010–11 season as coach of the Tigers following the sacking of Al Westover.[12]

In the off-season of 2011, the Tigers acquired the services of coach Trevor Gleeson, and recruited Ayinde Ubaka, Ron Dorsey and Daniel Dillon from Cairns, they also acquired Liam Rush to go along with the addition of Patty Mills for the duration of the 2011 NBA lockout. In January 2012, following a 13-point loss to the Gold Coast Blaze, owner Seamus McPeake made a post-game address to the playing group and then sacked Ubaka on the spot, while Gleeson was at a press conference.[13]

In 2012, the Tigers acquired Chris Goulding, Nate Tomlinson, Adam Ballinger, and imports Seth Scott and Kevin Braswell. Burston, Walker, Rush, Lewis and Greer continued on, while club legend Chris Anstey became head coach. In November of the 2012–13 season, Jonny Flynn replaced Braswell, but the Tigers missed the post-season for the fourth straight year.

The 2013–14 season saw the return of Mark Worthington to the Tigers, while Goulding, Tomlinson, Ballinger, Walker and Greer all continued on under Anstey. Ayinde Ubaka had a short-lived stint with the Tigers to begin the season, before Mustapha Farrakhan Jr. replaced him in November to team up alongside fellow import Scott Morrison. Goulding was key to the Tigers reaching the finals for the first time since 2009, where they lost to the Adelaide 36ers in the semis.

Melbourne United (2014–present)[edit]

On 20 May 2014, the franchise was re-branded as Melbourne United.[14] The change was made to symbolise the connection to all of Victorian basketball, with the navy blue logo of Melbourne United becoming the new face of professional basketball in Victoria, replacing the Melbourne Tigers brand. Owner Larry Kestelman wanted to end the partisan divisions between the Tigers (Melbourne Basketball Association) and other Victorian supporters and bring the state together behind one NBL team;[15][16] the change was met with strong scrutiny from members, fans and past legends such as Andrew Gaze and Lanard Copeland, with the latter even stating he wanted his jersey "taken down from the rafters".[17]

Tigers legend Daryl Corletto returned to the franchise in 2014 after three years with the New Zealand Breakers, while David Barlow returned after five years in Europe following the retirement of Tommy Greer. Mark Worthington, Lucas Walker and Nate Tomlinson continued on from the Tigers to United, while Daniel Kickert joined the squad alongside imports Jordan McRae and Stephen Dennis. Following an 89–61 loss to the Cairns Taipans in the 2014–15 season opener, coach Chris Anstey resigned and was replaced by his assistant Darryl McDonald in the interim.[12] United went on to finish their inaugural season in fifth place with a 13–15 record.

In 2015, United hired Dean Demopoulos as coach and acquired swingman Todd Blanchfield; the franchise also welcomed back Chris Goulding after he spent the 2014–15 season in Spain. With Kickert and Tomlinson continuing on, United recruited Majok Majok alongside imports Hakim Warrick and Stephen Holt. Brad Hill was signed as an injury-replacement for Barlow prior to the season after Barlow suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. Melbourne went on to claim the minor premiership in 2015–16 with a first-place finish and an 18–10 record, before losing to the fourth-seeded New Zealand Breakers in the semi-finals.

In 2016, Goulding, Blanchfield, Majok and Tomlinson were joined by new recruits Tai Wesley and David Andersen. Barlow also returned to the line-up after recovering from the Achilles injury. United started the 2016–17 season with imports Cedric Jackson, Devin Williams and Ramone Moore, but ultimately replaced all three mid-season with Casper Ware, Josh Boone and Lasan Kromah respectively. While Kromah failed to make an impact, Ware and Boone led Melbourne to a late-season finals charge, only to miss out by two games.

The 2017 off-season saw the departure of Dean Demopoulos and the hiring of Dean Vickerman as head coach. Under Demopoulos, United underachieved due to a one-dimensional game plan and a lack of direction at the defensive end. With Vickerman came a cultural shift based around sharing the wealth offensively and leading from within.[18] With a returning cast of Goulding, Ware, Boone, Wesley, Andersen, Barlow and Majok, United acquired the services of Casey Prather, a swingman coming off back-to-back championships with the Perth Wildcats. United also signed former one-time Melbourne Tiger Daniel Dillon, but an Achilles injury to Dillon forced the team to sign Peter Hooley in his place. United were title favourites at the start of the 2017–18 season, but fell to a 2–3 record following a loss to the Brisbane Bullets in Round 4.[19] In December, Prather went down with a possible season-ending elbow injury and was replaced by Carrick Felix.[20] With defensive-minded Felix in the line-up, United went 9–1.[18] Felix was removed from Melbourne's active roster in mid-February following Prather's return from injury.[21] United finished the regular season as minor premiers for the second time in three years, earning a 20–8 record, they went on to sweep the Breakers in the semi-finals to reach the 2018 NBL Grand Final series. There they faced the Adelaide 36ers. With the series tied at 2–2 heading into the deciding Game 5, Ware and Goulding each scored 23 points with Prather adding 19 points, 11 rebounds and five steals to lead United to a 100–82 win, as the franchise claimed their first NBL Championship under the new moniker.[22]

Home arena[edit]

The Melbourne Tigers played out of their traditional home, the 2,000 seat Albert Park Basketball Stadium from 1984–1987 before moving into the 7,200-capacity Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre (more commonly known as The Glass House[citation needed]) in 1988. The Tigers played in The Glass House (which it shared with the North Melbourne Giants) from 1987–1991 before they and new team South East Melbourne Magic both moved into the 14,820-seat National Tennis Centre in 1992; the centre could hold up to 15,400 for basketball (almost 2,000 more than the Brisbane Entertainment Centre which at 13,500 had been the largest venue since 1986), easily making it the largest venue in the NBL at the time. The Tigers enjoyed success at the Tennis Centre, winning the NBL championship in 1993 and again in 1997 as well as making the Grand Final in 1992 and 1996. In 1996, the Tigers and Magic set a then NBL record attendance of 15,366 for a regular season game at the Tennis Centre, while the 1996 Grand Final series between the two Melbourne rivals set an NBL record aggregate attendance of 43,605 over the 3-game series, a record that still stands as of the 2016–17 NBL season.

Citing the rising costs of playing games at the Tennis Centre, the Tigers moved to the newly built, 10,500 capacity Vodafone Arena (now Melbourne Arena) in 2000. Located next door to the Tennis Centre, the Tigers remained at Vodafone until 2002 before they moved again into the smaller (3,500 seat) State Netball and Hockey Centre.

Since 2012, the club has split its games between Melbourne Arena and the Netball Centre, but in 2015 also played games at the newly renovated Margaret Court Arena which (as part of the Melbourne Park tennis complex) had been given a retractable-roof as well as an upgrade from 6,000 to 7,500 seats. From 2016–17, Melbourne United will play most of its games at Melbourne Arena with a select number of games played at the Netball Centre during January due to the Australian Open tennis (Melbourne Arena is the second largest arena at Melbourne Park).

Melbourne's all-time home game attendance record was set on 11 July 1994 when 15,129 attended a Round 14 game between the Tigers and South East Melbourne at the Tennis Centre; as Melbourne United, the teams record home attendance of 10,300 was set on 4 December 2016 against the New Zealand Breakers at Melbourne Arena during Round 9 of the 2016–17 NBL season.

Since 2018, United have trained and had their head offices located at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Albert Park.[23]

Honour roll[edit]

NBL Championships: 5 (1993, 1997, 2006, 2008, 2018)
NBL Finals Appearances: 22
NBL Grand Final appearances: 10 (1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2018, 2019)
NBL Most Valuable Players: Andrew Gaze (1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998), Mark Bradtke (2001/02), Chris Anstey (2005/06, 2007/08)
NBL Grand Final MVPs: Lanard Copeland (1997), Chris Anstey (2006, 2008), Chris Goulding (2018)
All-NBL First Team: Andrew Gaze (1984–2000; 15 times), Mark Bradtke (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999–2005; 10 times), Lanard Copeland (1998/99), Chris Anstey (2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09), Dave Thomas (2006/07), Ebi Ere (2008/09), Mark Worthington (2009/10), Seth Scott (2012/13), Chris Goulding (2013/14, 2015/16), Daniel Kickert (2015/16), Casper Ware (2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19), Josh Boone (2017/18)
NBL Coach of the Year: Lindsay Gaze (1989, 1997, 1998/99), Al Westover (2005/06), Dean Vickerman (2017/18, 2018/19)
NBL Rookie of the Year: Andrew Gaze (1984)
NBL Best Sixth Man: Darryl McDonald (2003/04), Stephen Hoare (2005/06, 2006/07), Hakim Warrick (2015/16)
NBL Best Defensive Player: Chris Anstey (2007/08)
NBL Most Improved Player: Nate Tomlinson (2013/14)

Source: Melbourne United History

Season by season[edit]

Season Division League Regular Season Post-Season Head Coach Captain Club MVP
Position Played Wins Losses Win %
Melbourne Tigers
1984 1 NBL 9th 24 11 13 .458 Did Not Qualify Lindsay Gaze ? ?
1985 1 NBL 13th 26 5 21 .192 Did Not Qualify ? ?
1986 1 NBL 13th 26 6 20 .231 Did Not Qualify ? ?
1987 1 NBL 14th 26 3 23 .115 Did Not Qualify ? ?
1988 1 NBL 12th 24 8 16 .333 Did Not Qualify ? ?
1989 1 NBL 3rd 24 16 8 .667 Lost in Elimination-Finals to Sydney Kings, 2–1 (series) ? ?
1990 1 NBL 4th 26 17 9 .654 Lost in Elimination-Finals to Perth Wildcats, 2–0 (series) ? ?
1991 1 NBL 6th 26 16 10 .615 Lost in Elimination-Finals to Adelaide 36ers, 2–0 (series) ? Andrew Gaze
1992 1 NBL 3rd 24 15 9 .625 Runners-Up in Final against South East Melbourne Magic, 2–1 (series) ?
1993 1 NBL 4th 26 16 10 .615 Champions in Final against Perth Wildcats, 2–1 (series) Andrew Gaze ?
1994 1 NBL 1st 26 19 7 .692 Lost in Semi-Finals to Adelaide 36ers, 2–0 (series) Andrew Gaze
1995 1 NBL 7th 26 14 12 .538 Lost in Quarter-Finals to Perth Wildcats, 2–1 (series)
1996 1 NBL 1st 26 21 5 .808 Runners-Up in Final against South East Melbourne Magic, 2–1 (series)
1997 1 NBL 2nd 30 19 11 .633 Champions in Final against South East Melbourne Magic, 2–1 (series)
1998 1 NBL 4th 30 16 14 .533 Lost in Quarter-Finals to Brisbane Bullets, 2–0 (series)
1998–99 1 NBL 2nd 26 17 9 .654 Lost in Semi-Finals to Victoria Titans, 2–0 (series) ?
1999–2000 1 NBL 5th 28 14 14 .500 Lost in Quarter-Finals to Victoria Titans, 2–1 (series) ?
2000–01 1 NBL 7th 28 13 15 .464 Did Not Qualify ?
2001–02 1 NBL 5th 30 16 14 .533 Lost in Semi-Finals to West Sydney Razorbacks, 2–1 (series) Mark Bradtke
2002–03 1 NBL 6th 30 15 15 .500 Lost in Quarter-Finals to Sydney Kings, 2–1 (series) ?
2003–04 1 NBL 5th 33 20 13 .606 Lost in Elimination-Finals to Brisbane Bullets, 112–101 ?
2004–05 1 NBL 6th 32 17 15 .531 Lost in Elimination-Finals to Townsville Crocodiles, 112–100 ?
2005–06 1 NBL 2nd 32 25 7 .781 Champions in Final against Sydney Kings, 3–0 (series) Al Westover Chris Anstey Chris Anstey
2006–07 1 NBL 2nd 33 25 8 .758 Runners-Up in Final against Brisbane Bullets, 3–1 (series) ?
2007–08 1 NBL 2nd 30 22 8 .733 Champions in Final against Sydney Kings, 3–2 (series) Chris Anstey
2008–09 1 NBL 2nd 30 20 10 .750 Runners-Up in Final against South Dragons, 3–2 (series) ?
2009–10 1 NBL 6th 28 11 17 .393 Did Not Qualify ?
2010–11 1 NBL 7th 28 10 18 .357 Did Not Qualify Al Westover
Darryl McDonald
Cameron Tragardh ?
2011–12 1 NBL 6th 28 11 17 .393 Did Not Qualify Trevor Gleeson Tommy Greer ?
2012–13 1 NBL 5th 28 12 16 .429 Did Not Qualify Chris Anstey Chris Goulding
2013–14 1 NBL 3rd 28 15 13 .536 Lost in Semi-Finals to Adelaide 36ers, 2–1 (series)
Melbourne United
2014–15 1 NBL 5th 28 13 15 .464 Did Not Qualify Chris Anstey
Darryl McDonald
Nate Tomlinson
Mark Worthington
Mark Worthington
2015–16 1 NBL 1st 28 18 10 .643 Lost in Semi-Finals to New Zealand Breakers, 2–0 (series) Dean Demopoulos Nate Tomlinson Chris Goulding
2016–17 1 NBL 6th 28 13 15 .464 Did Not Qualify David Andersen Casper Ware
2017–18 1 NBL 1st 28 20 8 .714 Champions in Final against Adelaide 36ers, 3–2 (series) Dean Vickerman Chris Goulding
2018–19 1 NBL 2nd 28 18 10 .643 Runners-Up in Final against Perth Wildcats, 3–1 (series)
2019–20 1 NBL TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

All-time records[edit]

As of the end of the 2018–19 season

Statistic Wins Losses Win%
Melbourne Tigers regular season record (1984–2014) 465 397 .539
Melbourne United regular season record (2014–present) 82 58 .586
All-time regular season record (1984–present) 547 455 .546
Melbourne Tigers post-season record (1984–2014) 51 43 .543
Melbourne United post-season record (2014–present) 8 7 .533
All-time post-season record (1984–present) 59 50 .541
All-time regular and post-season record 606 505 .545

Summary[edit]

Years Chairman CEO Head Coach Championships Finals Appearances
1984–2000 Lindsay Gaze Lindsay Gaze Lindsay Gaze 1993, 1997 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997
2000–2005 David Minear Seamus McPeake Lindsay Gaze
2006–2009 Greg O'Neill Seamus McPeake Al Westover 2006, 2008 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
2010–2011 Seamus McPeake Seamus McPeake Al Westover (2010)
Trevor Gleeson (2011)
Darryl McDonald (2011)
2012–2015 Larry Kestlemen Vince Crivelli Chris Anstey
Darryl McDonald
2014
2015–present Larry Kestlemen
Craig Hutchison
Vince Crivelli Dean Demopoulos
Dean Vickerman
2018 2016, 2018, 2019

Retired jerseys[edit]

Melbourne Tigers retired numbers
No. Nat. Player Position Tenure
6 Australia Warrick Giddey G/F
8 Australia Ray Gordon G
10 Australia Andrew Gaze SG 1984–2005
21 United States Lanard Copeland SG/SF 1989–2005
25 United States Dave Simmons F/C 1992–1996
50 Australia Mark Bradtke C/F 1993–2005

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Melbourne United roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
C 0 South Sudan Lual-Acuil, Jo 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) 102 kg (225 lb)
G 1 United States Trimble, Melo (I) 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 88 kg (194 lb)
G 5 Australia Short, Sam (DP) 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 78 kg (172 lb)
G 10 Australia McCarron, Mitch 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 97 kg (214 lb)
G 11 Australia Kernich-Drew, Dexter 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 85 kg (187 lb)
F 12 Australia Purchase, Jack (DP) 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
F 14 New Zealand Smith-Milner, Tohi 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 112 kg (247 lb)
F 20 Australia Barlow, David Injured 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 97 kg (214 lb)
C 21 United States Long, Shawn (I) 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 112 kg (247 lb)
F 23 United States Prather, Casey Injured (I) 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 96 kg (212 lb)
G/F 30 Australia McDaniel, Sam Injured 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
C 35 New Zealand Pledger, Alex 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) 113 kg (249 lb)
G 43 Australia Goulding, Chris (C) 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 92 kg (203 lb)
F 52 United States Stith, Dillon (I) 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 98 kg (216 lb)
G 55 New Zealand Ili, Shea 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 85 kg (187 lb)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Strength & conditioning coach(es)
  • Australia Nik Popovic

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (I) Import player
  • (TP) Training player
  • (NS) Next Star player
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 2 October 2019

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Development
C Shawn Long Alex Pledger Jo Lual-Acuil
PF David Barlow Tohi Smith-Milner Jack Purchase
SF Casey Prather Sam McDaniel
SG Mitch McCarron Chris Goulding
PG Melo Trimble Shea Ili Sam Short

Notable past players[edit]

Melbourne United/Tigers
Nat. Player Position Tenure
Australia David Andersen PF/C 2016–2018
Australia Chris Anstey C 1994, 2005–2010
United States Josh Boone PF/C 2016–2019
Australia Mark Bradtke C/PF 1993–1996, 1997–2005
United States Kevin Braswell PG 2012–2013
Australia Lanard Copeland SG/SF 1992, 1993–2005
Nigeria Ebi Ere SG/SF 2008–2009
United States Carrick Felix SG/SF 2017–2018
United States Jonny Flynn PG 2012–2013
Australia Andrew Gaze SG 1984–2005
Australia Tommy Greer SF/PF 2005–2014
Antigua and Barbuda Julius Hodge SF/SG 2009–2010
United States D. J. Kennedy SG/SF 2018–2019
Australia Sam Mackinnon SG/SF 2008–2010
Australia Darryl McDonald PG 2003–2008
United States Jordan McRae SG/SF 2014–2015
Australia Patty Mills PG 2011
Australia Luke Nevill C 2010–2011
United States Casey Prather SG/SF 2017–2018, 2019–present
Australia David Simmons PF/C 1989–1996
Canada Dave Thomas SF/SG 2003–2008, 2008–2009
Nigeria Ayinde Ubaka PG/SG 2011–2012, 2013
United States Casper Ware PG 2016–2019
United States Hakim Warrick PF/C 2015–2016
Guam Tai Wesley PF 2016–2018
United States Corey Williams PG 2010–2011
Australia Mark Worthington PF/SF 2009–2010, 2013–2015

Preseason games against NBA teams[edit]

8 October 2017
14:00
Victoria (Australia) Melbourne United 85–86 United States Oklahoma City Thunder
Scoring by quarter: 30–27, 14–22, 22–21, 19–16
Pts: Ware 20
Rebs: Prather 10
Asts: Wesley 5
Pts: George 22
Rebs: Adams 10
Asts: Westbrook 7
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, United States
Attendance: not available
Referees: James Capers, Eric Dalen, Lauren Holtkamp
28 September 2018
19:00
Victoria (Australia) Melbourne United 84–104 United States Philadelphia 76ers
Scoring by quarter: 21–34, 21–22, 22–25, 20–23
Pts: Pledger, Ware 19
Rebs: Pledger 13
Asts: Ware 5
Pts: Embiid 20
Rebs: Embiid 10
Asts: Simmons 14
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, United States
Attendance: not available
Referees: Ed Malloy, Mark Lindsay, Aaron Smith
5 October 2018
19:00
Victoria (Australia) Melbourne United 82–120 Canada Toronto Raptors
Scoring by quarter: 17–23, 22–34, 19–44, 24–19
Pts: Goulding, Ware 17
Rebs: Boone 11
Asts: Ware 5
Pts: Powell 21
Rebs: Ibaka 12
Asts: Wright 5
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada
Attendance: 15,781
Referees: Matt Boland, Eric Dalen, Sean Corbin
13 October 2019
12:30
Victoria (Australia) Melbourne United 100–118 United States Los Angeles Clippers
Scoring by quarter: 24–18, 27–29, 20–43, 29–28
Pts: Trimble 22
Rebs: Long 9
Asts: Trimble 6
Pts: Harrell 22
Rebs: Zubac 8
Asts: Williams 7
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, United States
Attendance: 10,181
Referees: Brandon Adair, Tre Maddox, Bill Spooner
16 October 2019
19:00
Victoria (Australia) Melbourne United vs. United States Sacramento Kings
Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, United States

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