Past Champions

2005 NBL Champions: Auckland Stars

The 2005 season saw the Auckland Stars collect a record ninth NBL title which would also be their last. The Stars pipped the Hawke’s Bay Hawks in a one-point thriller, cruelly denying the Hawks a maiden NBL championship.


10 teams contested the 2005 season (final standings): Auckland Stars, Hawke’s Bay Hawks, Nelson Giants, Waikato Titans, Canterbury Rams, Taranaki Mountainairs, Harbour Heat, Wellington Saints, Manawatu Jets and Otago Nuggets.

Grand Final:

Auckland Stars (69) defeated Hawke’s Bay Hawks (68) (Referees: Alan Godden, Dallas Pickering & Gavin Whiu)

Season Award Winners:

  • Regular Season Winners: Auckland Stars (13-5)
  • Most Valuable Player: Lindsay Tait (Auckland Stars)
  • NZ Most Valuable Player: Lindsay Tait (Auckland Stars)
  • Finals MVP: Dillon Boucher (Auckland Stars)
  • Most Outstanding Guard (Keith Carr Trophy): Lindsay Tait (Auckland Stars)
  • Most Outstanding NZ Guard (John Macdonald Trophy): Lindsay Tait (Auckland Stars)
  • Most Outstanding Forward (Commissioners Cup): Casey Frank (Auckland Stars) & Jacob Holmes (Nelson Giants)
  • Most Outstanding NZ Forward/Centre (Stan Hill Trophy): Mika Vukona (Nelson Giants)
  • Scoring Champion (Alan Bland Memorial Trophy): Greg Lewis (22.7) (Waikato Titans)
  • Rebounding Champion (Garry Pettis Memorial Trophy): David Cooper (11.7) (Manawatu Jets)
  • Assist Champion (Dave Taylor Trophy): Paul Henare (6.7) (Hawke’s Bay Hawks)
  • Best Team Free Throws¬†(Nial Forsyth Trophy): Nelson Giants
  • Young Player of the Year: Jarrod Kenny (Harbour Heat)
  • Coach of the Year: Nenad Vucinic (Nelson Giants)
  • Referee of the Year: Alan Godden
  • Administrator of the Year: Jeremy Bayliss (Hawke’s Bay Hawks)
  • Media Award: Scott Preston (Waikato Times)

All-Star Five:

  • G: Paul Henare (Hawke’s Bay Hawks)
  • G: Lindsay Tait (Auckland Stars)
  • F: Greg Lewis (Waikato Titans)
  • F: Jacob Holmes (Nelson Giants)
  • C: Casey Frank (Auckland Stars)



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