20 Facts About Adelaide 36ers


Adelaide 36ers, known as the Sixers, are an Australian professional men's basketball team in the National Basketball League.

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The 36ers are the only team in the league representing the state of South Australia and are based in the state's capital of Adelaide.

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The 36ers nickname comes from the fact that the Colony of South Australia was officially proclaimed on 28 December 1836.

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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.

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Adelaide 36ers's form saw him selected to his second All-NBL First Team after winning selection in 1981 while with West Adelaide.

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Under immense pressure from not only the players but the general public of Adelaide 36ers who supported Cole despite his admitted use of the drug, the club board relented and Cole returned for the 1986 playoffs, though it was known that he would be sacked over the incident at the end of the season regardless of a championship win or not.

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Adelaide 36ers had played at the Apollo Stadium since the team's inception in 1982.

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Adelaide 36ers pulled off a major signing between the 1993 and 1994 seasons when they enticed the league's 1993 MVP Robert Rose away from the Magic.

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Since joining the Adelaide 36ers, Dunlap had been systematically removing the older players from the squad, but when he wanted to release captain and club legend Mark Davis, the club board stood by Davis and after his father's passing it was mutually agreed that Dunlap would not return as coach.

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Amazingly, Game 1 of the Grand Final was only the second time the Adelaide 36ers had defeated the Magic since the Eastside Melbourne Spectres and Southern Melbourne Saints had merged to form the Magic in 1992.

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In mid-September 2017, the Adelaide 36ers travelled to Singapore in the pre-season to compete in the Merlion Cup.

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Adelaide 36ers defeated the Perth Wildcats in a straight sweep of the Semi-Final Series, to secure their spot in the Grand Final Series against Melbourne United.

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Adelaide 36ers were previously sponsored by Pura Milk and with the naming rights of Pura Milk 36ers.

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Fox's last season with Adelaide 36ers was 1989 where the team finished as beaten Elimination finalists.

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From 1985 onward, home games were usually in front of sell-out crowds, but going into the 1990s demand for Adelaide 36ers tickets was greater than what Apollo Stadium could hold.

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Adelaide 36ers had played all 526 career NBL games for the club on that same court.

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Adelaide 36ers have hosted 8 NBL Grand Final games, 2 at the Apollo Stadium and 6 at the Clipsal Powerhouse.

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In 2012 the NBL announced that the 1986 Adelaide 36ers were voted as the greatest single season team in league history.

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Adelaide 36ers have played several preseason games in the United States against National Basketball Association teams.

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On 2 October 2022, the Adelaide 36ers became the first NBL team to beat an NBA team when they defeated the Phoenix Suns.

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