Brett Maher (basketball)
Brett Steven Maher is a retired Australian basketball player who played his entire career for the Adelaide 36ers in the NBL from 1992-2009. Maher represented Australia at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympic Games, as well as at the 1998 FIBA World Championship. Maher gained his highest international basketball honour when he captained the Boomers at the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane. Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Maher was spotted playing for the Sturt Sabres in the Australian Basketball Association where his outstanding form saw him earn a contract with the Adelaide 36ers, he took up an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship between 1989-1991. It turned out to be a great pickup for the 36ers as he would spend eighteen seasons with the club, thirteen as club captain. Including finals games, Maher played 526 games for the 36ers between 1992 and 2009, averaging 16.9 points, 4.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. He made his debut for the 36ers on 4 April 1992, the same night as the opening of the 36ers new home the Clipsal Powerhouse.
On the night Maher scored 11 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and handed out 4 assists to help the team to a 106-84 win over the North Melbourne Giants. By 1994, Maher was regarded as one of the NBL's best guards and with the addition of the leagues 1993 MVP Robert Rose to the 36ers roster, the team, now coached by former NCAA coach Mike Dunlap, would make its first Grand Final in eight years. For Maher and the 36ers they were defeated 2-0 in the Grand Final series by the North Melbourne Giants, he averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists over the series while averaging 13.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists over the season. Game 2 of the Grand Final at The Glass House in Melbourne was the only game in his career that Maher would foul out of. Brett Maher took over from Mark Davis as captain of the 36ers at the start of the 1997 NBL season, from 1998 under the coaching of Adelaide and Australian basketball legend Phil Smyth, Maher played an integral role in three of the four Adelaide 36ers NBL championships and has been the 36ers club MVP on six occasions.
He was selected in 4 NBL All-Star Games and he has been named in the All-NBL First Team in 2000 and 2003, All-NBL Second Team in 1997, 1998 and All-NBL Third Team in 1999, 2002. He won the Larry Sengstock Medal for being the Grand Final MVP in 1999 and 2002. Maher is one of only two players to win the NBL Grand Final MVP twice, the other being Ricky Grace of the Perth Wildcats who won the award in 1990 and 1993. On 7 February 2009 in front of a sellout crowd in excess of 8,000, the main court of The Dome was renamed The Brett Maher Court in honor of Maher, playing his last home game before retiring from the NBL at the end of the 2008-09 season; the court that now bears his name is the only home court that Maher played on during his NBL career as the 36ers had moved to the named Clipsal Powerhouse from their former home at the Apollo Stadium the same year that Maher started with the club. Maher has been honored as one of only four players to have their number retired by the Adelaide 36ers, his No. 5 singlet hangs high at the Adelaide Arena alongside the No. 33 of former club captain, 1987 NBL MVP and long time teammate Mark Davis, who like Maher, played his entire NBL career with the 36ers.
The pair were teammates in the 36ers 1998 and 1998-99 championship wins and Maher took over the club captaincy from Davis in 1997. The two other retired numbers are members of the 36ers 1986 championship team, No. 4 Darryl Pearce, the No. 15 of former NBL MVP Al Green. Brett Maher retired as the Adelaide 36ers all-time leader in: games played, field goals, field goals attempted, three points made, three point attempts and steals, he is one of only four players to have won 3 or more NBL championships with the 36ers alongside Mark Davis, Paul Rees and Rupert Sapwell, one of only two 36ers championship winning captains along with American import Bill Jones who captained the club to its first title in 1986. During his career Maher won selection for the Australian Boomers at the 1998 FIBA World Championship where the team finished in 9th place, he represented Australia at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympic Games helping the Boomers to 4th in Atlanta and Sydney and 9th place in Athens. In all, Maher played over 100 games for the Boomers and had the honor of captaining his country at the 2001 Goodwill Games.
Since retiring, Maher now co-hosts an Internet Television show on Australia Live TV about basketball with former 36ers championship winning teammate Kevin Brooks called Inside the Game shown on Fridays 6-7pm CST and the episodes are on AustraliaLiveTV.com. He is the expert local analyst for 36ers NBL games televised on One HD and Network Ten that are played in Adelaide. Brett Maher was named as the Adelaide 36ers Community Services Manager before the start of the 2013–14 NBL season. Brett Maher is married to Tanya, had three children, Cheyenne and Indiana. In 2003 Hudson was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow disease called haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis when just 3 months old and has since died, spurring the founding of The Hudson Maher Foundation that Brett Maher hopes can stop the disease from becoming more common. EntertainOZ profile Hudson Maher Website Brett Maher Profile Inside the Game
Melbourne United is an Australian professional basketball team based in Melbourne, Victoria. United 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. 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, not well received by Tigers fans, former Tigers players, or the wider NBL community. Four years the franchise won their first NBL Championship since adopting the Melbourne United name.
Their five championships is second only to the Perth Wildcats for most titles in NBL history. Melbourne United's history stems back to 1931 with the beginning of basketball in Victoria; the Melbourne Tigers brand came into use in 1975, after the Tigers won the South Eastern Basketball League title in 1983, a new Melbourne Tigers entity was entered into the National Basketball League in 1984, as an extension of the Melbourne Basketball Association. The Tigers struggled given a lack of financial resources. 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 playing second fiddle to Gaze and always stepping up as the "go to" man when Gaze was absent. Joining Gaze 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, 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. 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 replaced by Marcus Timmons. Behind Gaze, Copeland 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, 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 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; the Gaze era ended in 2005 with the retirement of coach Lindsay and the sport's greatest Australian player, Andrew.
In addition, the Tigers parted ways with both Mark 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 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, Corletto 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 12 rebounds.
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 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. In
Ricky Ray Grace is an American-Australian former professional basketball player who spent the majority of his career in the Australian National Basketball League with the Perth Wildcats. Ricky "Amazing" Grace first played college basketball at Midland College, transferring after two years to the University of Oklahoma alongside future NBA player Mookie Blaylock. In 1988, his last year at Oklahoma, Grace helped the Oklahoma Sooners reach the championship game of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, where they were defeated by the Kansas Jayhawks. Selected in the 1988 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz in the third round, he failed to make the active roster of an NBA team. Soon after, Grace was invited by Perth Wildcats general manager Cal Bruton to play for the Australian club, where he played his entire professional career, captained the club from 2002/03 until his retirement. During his time with the club Grace played an integral part in six grand finals appearances and four championships, twice being award Grand Final MVP.
1991 was filled with more success for Grace, as the Wildcats won back-to-back championships, defeating the Eastside Spectres, Grace was selected to the All-NBL First Team. In 1993, Grace had a three-game stint with the Atlanta Hawks, where he was reunited with college teammate Mookie Blaylock. In late 1994, Grace became naturalised as an Australian citizen and in March 1995 made his international debut when he was selected for the Australian Boomers in their 5-game series against the touring Magic Johnson All-Stars. 1995 saw the Wildcats win their 3rd NBL crown, defeating the defending champion North Melbourne Giants in the Grand Final series. As Champions, the Wildcats were invited to participate in the 1995 McDonald's Championship in London; the Wildcats lost to NBA champions the Houston Rockets before defeating Real Madrid in their second match. In 1996, Grace signed a 6-year contract with the Wildcats and was considered unlucky not to gain a place in the Boomers squad for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Four years he did make it to the Olympics when he was a member of the Boomers squad at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, helping the home country to 4th place. This capped off another successful year for Grace, who won his fourth championship when the Wildcats defeated the Victoria Titans. In the second half of his career, Grace adjusted his game to become more of an offensive threat, he was rewarded with another All-NBL First Team selection in 2001, 10 years after the first, again in 2002 and 2003. Despite playing arguably the best basketball of his career, the Wildcats would only make one more grand final series, in 2002/2003, when they were defeated by the Sydney Kings, meaning Grace would fail to equal the record of Larry Sengstock who won five NBL championships. In 2003 Grace was selected to the NBL's 25th Anniversary Team, he would play for two more seasons, with his last game a loss in an elimination final against the Melbourne Tigers on February 24, 2005. On August 4, 2010, it was announced that Grace is to be inducted into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame at a ceremony on August 18, 2010.
Grace was surprised to be inducted as he felt he wouldn't be considered for the Hall of Fame before former teammate James Crawford was. Grace is the director for the Role Models WA organisation. Role Models WA offers sport and development programs for indigenous communities in Western Australia. Other role models that work alongside Grace include numerous football players from the Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles including Chris Lewis, David Wirrpanda, Des Headland and Daniel Kerr. On February 4, 2013, Grace was named to the Perth Wildcats' 30th Anniversary All-Star team. First in three-point field goal percentage in a season - 1986/87 First in assists in a season - 1987/88 Equal First in steals in a NCAA Tournament game - vs Iowa, March 20, 1987 First in games played First in points First in assists First in steals First in assists per game in 2003 First in assists per game in 2004
The Sydney Kings are an Australian men’s professional basketball team competing in the National Basketball League. The team is based in New South Wales; the Kings were formed from a merger between the West Sydney Westars and the Sydney Supersonics in October 1987. They were the first team to win three consecutive championships in the NBL and sit fifth behind the Adelaide 36ers and New Zealand Breakers, Melbourne United and Perth Wildcats for championships won; the Kings play their home games at the Qudos Bank Arena in New South Wales. The Kings were formed from a merger between the West Sydney Westars and the Sydney Supersonics in October 1987; the team adopted the purple-and-gold colours traditionally linked with the most winning team in the NBA during the 1980s, the Los Angeles Lakers. Before the merger, no Sydney-based teams had made the final four in NBL competition; that changed in 1989, when the Kings finished fifth with a 15-9 record and advanced to the semi-finals with a 2-1 win over the Melbourne Tigers.
After splitting their first two games in the semi-finals, the Kings were humiliated by the Canberra Cannons 142-82 in the series-deciding third game. Sydney made the playoffs in 1990. In 1992, led by imports Dwayne McClain and Ken McClary, the Kings finished second on the ladder; this time they advanced to the semi-finals and were beaten by the Tigers, who would lose to the South-East Melbourne Magic in the championship series. Over the next few years the Kings, despite the rich pockets of private owner Mike Wrublewski, earned a reputation for being chronic under-achievers; the team featured high profile players like Leon Trimmingham, Mario Donaldson, Dean Uthoff and Phil Smyth during the mid-90s but they failed to make the playoffs in 1993 or 1995, were eliminated in the first round in 1994 and 1996. The team soon received the nickname of'The Violet Crumbles', a popular chocolate sold in purple wrapper. After their 1996 elimination, the Kings would not make the NBL playoffs again until 2001, when they made it to the first round before being eliminated by the Townsville Crocodiles.
Australian Olympic team guard Shane Heal was recruited to lead the team, he finished second in the league in scoring average, behind Olympic teammate Andrew Gaze. Heal finished third in scoring average in the 2001–02 season, but the Kings again failed to make the playoffs. For the 2002 -- 03 season, Heal was joined by talented imports Chris Kavossy Franklin; the team welcomed the NBL's all-time leader in coaching victories, Brian Goorjian. The Kings finished on top of the ladder with a 22-8 record, swept the Perth Wildcats 2-0 in the grand final series to claim their first-ever championship. With Goorjian able to implement his defensive tactics which were so successful with the Spectres and Titans in Melbourne, there seemed to be no stopping the Kings, who were able to recruit quality imports like 2002–03 league MVP Chris Williams. In addition, many Victorian groomed players who had played for Goorijan such as Jason Smith and Bradley Sheridan followed him north to Sydney. Heal retired after the 2002–03 season, C. J. Bruton was recruited to take his place, Jason Smith was signed after returning to the NBL after playing in Europe but was injured 13 games into the season and was replaced by import Chris Carrawell.
The Kings started the 2003–04 season with 10 successive wins, would win their second championship after their best-of-five grand final series with crosstown rivals West Sydney Razorbacks went down to the deciding fifth game. Kings player Matt Nielsen would win the regular season and finals MVP in 2003–04 before leaving to play overseas; the Kings again performed in the 2004–05 season despite a disastrous early game against Townsville which saw C. J. Bruton out for weeks with an elbow injury, a season ending torn ACL for rookie of the year candidate Luke Kendall; the Kings managed without their starting backcourt until Bruton came back and they signed import big man Rolan Roberts. Arguably stronger than before the Kings finished on top of the ladder and crushed the Wollongong Hawks in three straight games to become the first team in Australian league history to win three consecutive championships. Jason Smith was named the NBL Finals Most Valuable Player. In the 2005 -- 06 season, the Kings made it to the grand final.
Import centre Rolan Roberts suffered a torn pectoral muscle imitating a Vince Carter dunk during the All Star dunk competition and was replaced by Sedric Webber. In the finals they were swept 3-0 by the Chris Anstey led Melbourne Tigers; the club was purchased in 2006 for $2 million by the chairman of fuel technology company Firepower International, Tim Johnston. Johnston sold a part share in 2007 to 31-year-old Dorry Kordahi, CEO and owner of DKM. On 24 March 2008, coach Brian Goorjian quit the club after a mutual agreement, on 12 June 2008, the NBL terminated the Sydney team's licence as Firepower collapsed and the Kings were unable to pay player salaries. Under a revised management structure and ownership, the Sydney Kings relaunched for the 2010–11 NBL season, returning to the league after a two-year absence. However, despite big-named additions such as Julian Khazzouh, Ben Madgen and Luke Martin, the Kings in their first season back finished in last place on the ladder with an 8–20 record.
Due to the 2011 NBA Lockout, Australia's highest p
The Adelaide 36ers known as the Sixers, are an Australian professional men's basketball team in the National Basketball League. The 36ers are the only team in the league representing the state of South Australia and are based in the state capital, Adelaide; the club was called the Adelaide City Eagles when they joined the NBL in 1982, but changed their name to the 36ers the following year. The 36ers nickname comes from the fact that the Colony of South Australia was proclaimed on 28 December 1836, they will play their home games at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre from 2019 onwards. The 36ers' tally of four championships is equal with the New Zealand Breakers, third only behind the Perth Wildcats and Melbourne United as the most by any club in the NBL's history. After the demise of the Forestville Eagles at the end of the 1981 NBL season had left the West Adelaide Bearcats as Adelaide's only representative in the NBL, the Basketball Association of South Australia formed a composite team representing all the state league teams.
This team was known as the Adelaide City Eagles when they joined the NBL in 1982. Mike Osborne was appointed as team coach, Chris Stirling was captain and the team, like West Adelaide, played out of the 3,000 seat Apollo Stadium; the Eagles performed well in their first season but missed the playoffs finishing in 7th place on the ladder with a 15–11 record. The championship was won that year by the West Adelaide Bearcats who featured future 36ers in 1982 NBL MVP Al Green, Moscow Olympian Peter Ali and veteran guard Ray Wood; the Adelaide City Eagles changed their name after the 1982 season to the Adelaide 36ers to reflect on the history of South Australia's proclamation in 1836. Mike Osborne continued as head coach; the 36ers once again missed the NBL playoffs in 1983 finishing 6th on the ladder with an 11–11 record. The 1984 NBL season saw the first time the 36ers would reach the NBL finals, finishing the regular season in 3rd place in the Western Division with a 16–7 record; the team lost their Elimination Final to the Nunawading Spectres 108–101.
Following the season, Mike Osborne was not retained as coach. With the West Adelaide Bearcats facing financial difficulties, the club pulled out of the NBL after 1984 with a number of their players joining the 36ers. From 1985 the Adelaide 36ers would be the sole South Australian team in the NBL, a situation that continues as of the 2016–17 NBL season. Former Australian Boomer and 1964 Olympic representative Ken Cole was signed as coach of the Adelaide 36ers for the 1985 NBL season. Under Cole, the 36ers became one of the league's premier teams. Import players including 6'9" centre Bill Jones, New York-born combo guard Al Green and an NBL rookie in 24-year-old Power forward from Philadelphia, Mark Davis who joined the team 5 games into the season after dominating the local league with South Adelaide, combined with local players Darryl Pearce, team captain Peter Ali, young gun Mike McKay, veteran Ray Wood to help Adelaide to a 20–6 record and second on the regular season ladder behind the Brian Kerle coached Brisbane Bullets who featured Australian Olympian Larry Sengstock, arguably the leagues best player and former West Adelaide championship player Leroy Loggins, Ronnie "The Rat" Radliff, the "Black Pearl" Cal Bruton.
The team had a bye going into the semi-final where they defeated for the Newcastle Falcons 151–103 at home in what the record semi-final win in the NBL, something Ken Cole had publicly predicted would happen. Leading 105–84 going into the last period, Cole told his team that he wanted a record score for a Semi-final and the team responded, producing a 46–19 last period to blow the Falcons away and get the record. In the last single game NBL grand final played, Adelaide were up against the Brisbane Bullets on the Bullets' home court. Going into the final period the game the Bullets' were leading 78–74 but a 42–21 last period in favour of the home team with Loggins leading the way saw Adelaide fail to win their first grand final going down 95–120. 1985 would see Al Green set a single season points per game record for the 36ers when he scored 31.0 ppg in 28 games played. Green, who Ken Cole chose to move to Point guard and leave Darryl Pearce at off guard, adjusted to his new role running the team's offense and led the team in assists for the first time averaging 5.1 per game.
His form saw him selected to his second All-NBL First Team after winning selection in 1981 while with West Adelaide. For his efforts during the season, 19-year-old guard Mike McKay was awarded the NBL's Rookie of the Year award. McKay played all 28 games, averaging 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. 1986 would see the Adelaide 36ers win the first of their four NBL championships. 27-year-old import centre Bill Jones replaced Peter Ali as captain and 6'6" former import forward Dwayne Nelson returned to the team after a year away, while Ken Cole would win the NBL Coach of the Year award after guiding the team to a 24–2 record, 5 more wins than the second placed Canberra Cannons. The 36ers were undefeated at home during the regular season going 13–0, the first time a club had gone unbeaten at home in l
Matthew Peter Nielsen is an Australian former professional basketball player. Between 2015 and 2019, he served as an assistant coach for the Perth Wildcats of the National Basketball League. Born and raised in the Sydney suburb of Penrith, Nielsen attended St Marys Senior High School where, three times a week, he needed permission to leave early in order to train with the Sydney Kings as a development player; as a 17-year-old in 1995, Nielsen appeared in two games for the Kings before moving to Canberra in 1996 to attend the Australian Institute of Sport. There, he played alongside future Boomers teammate David Andersen. In 1997, Nielsen won the NBL Rookie of the Year Award, he played a further seven seasons with the Kings and helped the club win championships in 2003 and 2004. In 244 career games for the Kings over nine seasons, he averaged 17.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. In 2004, Nielsen began a decorative European career playing for PAOK Thessaloniki in Greece, Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania, Valencia in Spain, Olympiacos Piraeus in Greece, Khimki in Russia.
On 10 October 2013, Nielsen was named in the Sydney Kings 25th Anniversary Team. During the 2013–14 NBL season, Nielsen served as a big-man coach for the Perth Wildcats. In 2014, Nielsen joined the San Antonio Spurs coaching staff in a player development role, on a contract that ran through to the end of the 2015 NBA Summer League. On 29 July 2015, Nielsen returned to the Perth Wildcats, signing with the club as an assistant coach ahead of the 2015–16 NBL season. On 10 April 2019, after three championships in four seasons, Nielsen parted ways with the Wildcats in order to pursue coaching opportunities in the United States. Nielsen won the gold medal at the 1997 FIBA Under-21 World Championship with Australia's junior national team, he was a member of the senior men's Australian national basketball team. With Australia's senior national team, he won gold medals at the 2001 Goodwill Games, the 2003 FIBA Oceanian Championship, the 2005 FIBA Oceania Championship. During the Boomers 2012 Olympic campaign, Australian Football League player Scott Pendlebury noted Nielsen's athletic ability, mentioned that he could have played in Australian Football League, had he not chosen to play basketball.
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He played in domestic competition, regional competition if applicable. Euroleague.net profile ACB.com profile 2010 FIBA World Championship profile
Mark Davis (basketball, born 1960)
Mark Davis is an American-Australian former professional basketball player who played in National Basketball League for the Adelaide 36ers between 1985 and 2001, gaining the nickname of "The Chairman of the Boards" for his record-breaking rebounding achievements. Born in Philadelphia, Davis became an Australian citizen in 1992. Davis played college basketball for St. Augustine's. In 1982–83, he averaged 20.5 points per game. Davis' first professional gig came in 1984, playing for Hamilton in the New Zealand NBL. There, he was named rebounding champion, he spent the 1984–85 season playing in Mexico for Dorados de Chihuahua where he helped the team win the championship. In 1985, Davis moved to Adelaide where he joined both the South Adelaide Panthers of the SA State League and the Adelaide 36ers of the National Basketball League. According to long time 36ers and Panthers teammate Scott Ninnis, Davis was the Panthers 2nd choice and was only recruited to the club after 6'9" American centre Bill Coon left after just 4 days in Adelaide.
Ninnis told that after "scoring some healthy points" in his first game for Souths, Davis was ejected from the game before half-time leaving the club wondering what they had come across. Davis came to the attention of 36ers' coach Ken Cole after dominating performances for the Panthers, just five games into the 1985 NBL season, Davis was signed by the NBL club and made an immediate impact, forming the league's leading front-court combination with Moscow Olympian Peter Ali, fellow import, 6'9" centre Bill Jones. Davis made his NBL debut for Adelaide on 4 May 1985 in a Round 4 clash with the Bankstown Bruins at the Apollo Stadium in Adelaide, he showed he would be a player to be reckoned with by top scoring for the home side with 32 points while grabbing 14 rebounds in a 117–110 Adelaide win. Although he only played in 22 games for the 36ers during 1985, Davis won the club's MVP award after averaging 27.9 points, 17.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He scored a season-high 42 points in Adelaide's 144–112 win over St Kilda in Melbourne, while his season-high rebound game was again at home against the Canberra Cannons when he pulled down 29 boards, just two shy of the 36ers record of 31 held by Dan Clausen.
The 36ers, including guards Al Green, Darryl Pearce and Mike McKay, made its first Grand Final appearance that season against the Brisbane Bullets. After a record 151–103 semi-final win over Newcastle, Adelaide were the favourite heading into the game at the Sleeman Sports Centre in Brisbane, but the team suffered a shock 125–90 loss to a Bullets team coached by Brian Kerle and featuring future NBL Hall of Famers Leroy Loggins, Cal Bruton, Larry Sengstock, Danny Morseu and "The Rat" Ron Radliff. By the start of the 1986 NBL season, Davis was regarded as the premier power forward in the country, with a team leading 25.3 points and 16.1 rebounds per game, led the 36ers to their second straight Grand Final in 1986 on a back of a 24–2 record. Davis went on to lead the 36ers to the championship in three games over the Bullets in the NBL's inaugural Grand Final series, winning the NBL's inaugural Grand Final MVP award in the process. Although he was a Power forward, Davis was named at Centre in the All-NBL First Team for 1986, the first of 5 times he was named to the All NBL team.
Following the 36ers championship win over Brisbane, Davis spent the off-season playing for the Long Island Knights in the United States Basketball League before returning to Adelaide for the start of the 1987 NBL season. Ken Cole in his place came Gary Fox. Despite the change of coach, Davis' great form continued 1987 and he was rewarded when he was named joint NBL Most Valuable Player with Brisbane's Leroy Loggins, while gaining All-NBL First Team honours. Davis averaged 26.1 points and 17.5 rebounds in his MVP season and 1987 saw the 36ers finish the regular season in first place, but the defending champions were upset in a three-game semi-final series against the emerging Perth Wildcats. The season was the first year that Davis led the league in total rebounding, an achievement he would repeat in 1992. 1987 saw the start of the rivalry between Davis and Perth Wildcats' big man, the "Alabama Slamma" James Crawford. Both were import players, friends off the court. Davis and Crawford electrified the crowds at the Apollo Stadium or Clipsal Powerhouse in Adelaide and the Superdome and Entertainment Centre in Perth, as well as other venues around Australia with their spectacular dunks, general athleticism and rebounding with each the dominant player on their respective teams.
On "The Golden Era" DVD about the Adelaide 36ers in the 1980s, Davis said of Crawford that "He made so many cats into poster child's with his dunks" and that whenever he played against Crawford his main goal other than winning the game was not to get dunked on by JC. Early in his NBL career, known as "Pud" to his teammates, was given the nickname'Chairman of the Boards' because of his dominance at rebounding, in 1990 he was named captain of the 36ers by new coach Don Shipway. 1990 would be the first time since 1983 that the 36ers would miss the NBL Finals. With Davis leading the way, along with new point guard Butch Hays, 6'10" centres Mark Bradtke and Brett Wheeler and guards Darryl Pearce