Mark Davis (NBL)

Mark Davis
Position Forward
Nickname Chairman of the Boards
Height 201 cm (6 ft 7 in)
Weight 95 kg (209 lb)
Nationality  Australia
Born December 23, 1960 (1960-12-23) (age 50)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Debut 1985
Final Game 2001
Previous Clubs Adelaide 36ers 1985-2001
Championships 1986, 1998, 1999
Career Highlights

NBL MVP (1987)
NBL's First Team (1987-89,1991)
NBL's 20th Anniversary Team (1998)
NBL's 25th Anniversary Team (2003)

First NBL Player to 5,000 Rebounds

Mark Davis (born December 23, 1960 in Philadelphia, U.S.) is a naturalised Australian former basketball player who played from 1985 to 2001 with the National Basketball League's Adelaide 36ers, gaining the nickname of "Chairman of the Boards" for his record breaking rebounding achievements.


Professional career

Davis was signed by then Adelaide 36ers coach Ken Cole early in the 1985 NBL season after shorts stints in Mexico and New Zealand. Making an immediate impact in leading the team to its first grand final appearance that season. to a grand final appearance he helped the team win the championship in 1986 on a back of a 24-2 record and in 1987 was named joint league MVP while also gaining all NBL first team honours.[1] 1987 also saw the first year that Davis led the league in total rebounding, an achievement he would repeat in 1992.[2] He attained the nickname 'Chairman of the Boards' his dominance on the boards and his extraordinary biceps brachii muscles. This not to mention his sculptured svelte physique. He was captain of the team from 1990 to 1997 and won two more championships (now as a sixth man) in 1998 and 1999. On the 13th of December 1999 in a 90 to 74 win over the Brisbane Bullets Davis grabbed his 5,000th NBL rebound, becoming the first NBL player to do so. Davis' rebounding record of 5,200 was broken by Mark Bradtke on Friday November 21, 2003 in Adelaide, with Davis on hand to present Bradtke with the match ball. A year after retiring, he came to Nuriootpa Primary School and gave out free tickets and calenders.[3]

Mark Davis has also been honored as one of only two players to have their number retired by the Adelaide 36ers. His #33 singlet hangs high at the Adelaide Arena in Adelaide alongside the #5 of another former club captain and long time team mate Brett Maher, who like Davis, played his entire NBL career with the Adelaide 36ers.

Bronze bust of Mark Davis on display at the Adelaide Arena, home of the Adelaide 36ers

Honour roll

NBL career: 1985-2001
NBL Grand Final appearances: 5 (1985, 1986, 1994, 1998, 1998–99)
NBL Championships: 3 (1986, 1998, 1998–99)
NBL Most Valuable Player: 1987
NBL Grand Final MVP: 1986
All-NBL First Team: 4 (1987, 1988, 1989, 1991)
NBL 20th Anniversary Team: 1998
NBL 25th Anniversary Team: 2003

Source: [1]

NBL career stats

Games: 482
Rebounds: 5,200 (3,221 def, 1,979 off - 10.8pg)
Points: 8,752 (18.1pg)
Free Throws: 2,037
Field Goals: 3,235
3 Points: 245
Steals: 481 (0.99pg)
Assists: 818 (1.7pg)
Blocked Shots: 301 (0.6pg)


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Preceded by
NBL Grand Final MVP
Succeeded by
Leroy Loggins

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