|2. Puerto Rico||1/1||3|
|2. Dominican Republic||1/1||3|
|3. New Zealand||1/1||3|
|#||Name||P||Height||DOB||Place Of Birth||Club|
|08/01/1982||Sydney, Australia||Auckland Pirates, NBL (NZL)|
|06/02/1986||Hastings, New Zealand||Taipans Cairns, NBL (NZL)|
|17/09/1985||Auckland, New Zealand||Bay Hawks, NBL (NZL)|
|13/05/1982||Suva, Fiji||Breakers Auckland, NBL (NZL)|
|29/05/1995||Takapuna, New Zealand||Auckland Pirates, NBL (NZL)|
|10/11/1979||Dunedin, New Zealand||Stars Auckland (NZL)|
|19/05/1987||New Plymouth, New Zealand||Taipans Cairns, NBL (AUS)|
|13/03/1990||Christchurch, New Zealand||Nelson Giants, NBL (NZL)|
|05/08/1991||Leicester (ENG), England||University of St. Louis Missouri (USA)|
|23/10/1977||Port Jefferson, USA||Gold Coast Blaze (AUS)|
|14/10/1985||Auckland, New Zealand||Ottago Nuggets (NZL)|
|27/03/1987||Blenheim, New Zealand||Auckland Pirates (NZL)|
|Min||Minutes played||Tot||Total rebounds||BS||Block Shots|
|%||Shooting percentage||PF||Personal fouls||G||Played Games|
Mystery Tall Blacks look to make history
|How they qualified :
FIBA Oceania Championship
(0 W – 3 L)
Rising star :
Team history :
Medals and participations
With an offence full of variations and defences often described as 'smoke and mirrors', opponents have rarely known what to expect when they come up against New Zealand.
This year, when Angola and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia face the Tall Blacks at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caracas, they will literally be facing the unknown.
With stars Kirk Penney and Tom Abercrombie ruled out because of injury, coach Nenad Vucinic brings a squad with six players making their official senior international debut, and eight playing at a major FIBA tournament for the first time.
Also unavailable are talented youngsters Steve Adams, Isaac Fotu, Corey Webster and BJ Anthony.
Regular starters point guard Lindsay Tait, centre Alex Pledger and first-time captain Mika Vukona will take on enormous responsibility, while veteran bench forward Casey Frank will also be elevated into a major role.
Athletic 2.00m forward Leon Henry and sharp-shooting big man Rob Loe return after playing mimimal roles in last year's FIBA Oceania Championship, and both will need to step up.
Henry was a valuable reserve in the New Zealand Breakers' NBL championship this season, and will need to deliver defence, rebounding and three-point shooting to cover for the absent Abercrombie.
Loe started every game for St Louis University in the NCAA and made 35% of his three-pointers, after averaging 18.8 points and seven rebounds at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship.
The Tall Blacks' trademark offence has long relied on big men like Pero Cameron, Ed Book, Craig Bradshaw and Anthony hitting from deep to spread the floor, a responsibility now belonging to Loe, Frank and debutante Jeremiah Trueman in Venezuela.
But while New Zealand will use some of their structure from the past, expect a new look to make the most of their youth and speed.
Seven of this squad were this season involved with either the Breakers or Perth Wildcats, who fought out a classic NBL grand final series.
Both teams played aggressive fullcourt defence and free-flowing, pick-and-roll based transition offence, and expect elements of that style to emerge in Caracas.
A new player at ease playing at pace is combination guard Everard Bartlett, runner up in this year's NBL rookie of the year voting.
A long 1.95m, Bartlett proved himself capable of defending both guard positions, scoring from the two-guard spot and initiating his team's offence under duress.
His partnership with Tait will give coach Vucinic two aggressive guards who can push the ball and pressure fullcourt, while the mobility of Frank, Henry and particularly Vukona at power forward allows the Tall Blacks to test opposition guards with trapping defences.
Whichever styles they implement, however, this New Zealand team faces insurmountable odds to qualify for London.
Repsected worldwide for punching above their weight, have no doubt they will throw different looks and incredible spirit at both their first round opponents, knowing a surprise win keeps their Olympic hopes alive for at least another few days.
|2015||FIBA Oceania Championship||2nd|
|2013||FIBA Oceania Championship for Men||2nd|
|2011||FIBA Oceania Championship||2nd|
|2009||FIBA Oceania Championship for Men||1st|
|2007||FIBA Oceania Championship for Men||2nd|
|2005||FIBA Oceania Championship for Men||2nd|
|2003||Oceania Championship for Men||2nd|
|2001||Oceania Championship for Men||1st|
|1999||Oceania Championship for Men||1st|
|1997||Oceania Championship for Men||2nd|
|1995||Oceania Championship for Men||2nd|
|1993||Oceania Championship for Men||2nd|
|1991||Oceania Championship for Men||2nd|
|1989||Oceania Championship for Men||2nd|
|1987||Oceania Championship for Men||2nd|
|1985||Oceania Championship for Men||2nd|
|1983||Oceania Championship for Men||2nd|
|1979||Oceania Championship for Men||2nd|
|1978||Oceania Championship for Men||2nd|
|1975||Oceania Championship for Men||2nd|
|1971||Oceania Championship for Men||2nd|
|Season||Competition||Last Achieved Round|
|2014||FIBA Basketball World Cup||Round of 16|
|2012||FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament||Preliminary|
|2010||FIBA World Championship||Eight-Finals|
|2008||FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men||Quarter-Finals|
|2007||Borislav Stankovic Cup||Final Round|
|2006||FIBA World Championship||Eight-Finals|
|2004||Olympic Games: Tournament for Men||Classification|
|2002||World Championship for Men||Finals|
|2000||Olympic Games : Tournament for Men||Classification Round|
|1986||World Championship for Men||Preliminary Round|