The 1979 NBL season was the inaugural season of the National Basketball League (NBL). The regular season began on 24 February and ended on 3 June. The participants in the league's very first Grand Final, which took place on 10 June, were decided via by the tie-breaking system. The championship was decided by a sudden death Grand Final between first and second – there were no semi-finals. St Kilda (the eventual champions) finished the regular season on top with 15 wins but Nunawading and Canberra were tied in second with 13 wins apiece, with Canberra advancing via the head-to-head tiebreaker (1–1, +2 points).[1]

1979 NBL season
LeagueNational Basketball League
SportBasketball
Duration24 February – 3 June (Regular season)
10 June (Grand Final)
Number of games18
Number of teams10
TV partner(s)ABC
Regular season
Top seedSt Kilda Saints
Season MVPKen Richardson
Top scorerCal Bruton
Grand Final
ChampionsSt Kilda Saints
  Runners-upCanberra Cannons
Grand Final MVPLarry Sengstock
NBL seasons

Contents

LadderEdit

The home-and-away regular season took place over 15 rounds between 24 February and 3 June, with all ten teams competing in 18 games.

Team Played Won Lost Last 5 Streak Home Away % Points % Won
1 St Kilda Saints 18 15 3 5-0 W13 9-0 6-3 118 83
2 Canberra Cannons 18 13 5 3-2 W1 7-2 6-3 104 72
3 Nunawading Spectres 18 13 5 3-2 W3 8-1 5-4 106 72
4 West Adelaide Bearcats 18 12 6 4-1 W4 8-1 4-5 109 66
5 Brisbane Bullets 18 10 8 3-2 W1 6-3 4-5 100 55
6 Newcastle Falcons 18 8 10 1-4 W1 6-3 2-7 99 44
7 City of Sydney Astronauts 18 8 10 1-4 L3 5-4 3-6 94 44
8 Illawarra Hawks 18 5 13 2-3 W1 4-5 1-8 95 28
9 Bankstown Bruins 18 3 15 0-5 L5 1-8 2-7 90 16
10 Glenelg Tigers 18 3 15 2-3 L2 2-7 1-8 87 16

Grand FinalEdit

Date Home Team Score Away Team Venue
10 June St Kilda Saints 94–93 Canberra Cannons Albert Park Basketball Stadium

AwardsEdit

Statistics leadersEdit

Category Player Team Stat
Points Cal Bruton Brisbane Bullets 597 pts / 18 games[2]
Free throw percentage Robbie Cadee St Kilda Saints 89.7% (35/39)[2]

Regular seasonEdit

Grand FinalEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Who Will Make The Swisse NBL Finals - We Do The Math". NBL.com.au. 7 February 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "All Time Leaders". nbl.gearbox.performgroup.com. Archived from the original on 2017-09-23. Retrieved 23 September 2017.

External linksEdit