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|FIBA ranking||24 (3 March 2020)|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Asia|
|National federation||Basketball New Zealand|
|FIBA World Cup|
|FIBA Oceania Championship|
|Medals|| Gold: (1999, 2001, 2009)|
Silver: (1971, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015)
|FIBA Asia Championship|
The New Zealand men's national basketball team is the senior men's national basketball team of New Zealand. The team is nicknamed the Tall Blacks. The Tall Blacks name is one of many New Zealand national team nicknames related to the All Blacks. Over its history, the team has won three FIBA Oceania Championships, and twice appeared in the Summer Olympic Games. It participated in its first FIBA Asia Cup in 2017, finishing in fourth place.
The Tall Blacks perform a traditional Haka (Māori challenge) before every game, but due to the influence of Pāora Winitana and Paul Henare, it is very different from the ones performed by the All Blacks.
There is a long and storied history of basketball in New Zealand dating back to when Wilt Chamberlain vacationed at the island paradise back in the 60s and introduced the game to the Kiwis. The Tall Blacks competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and finished with a 1–5 record, their only win coming against Angola, in the playoff for eleventh place.
In 2001, they defeated Australia, in a three-game series to qualify for the 2002 FIBA World Championship in Indianapolis, United States. At the tournament, they finished fourth, after beating Puerto Rico in the quarter-finals, before losses to Serbia and Montenegro and Germany. Tall Blacks captain Pero Cameron was the only non-NBA player named to the All-Tournament team in Indianapolis.
The Tall Blacks also qualified for the 2004 Athens Olympics, but again finished with a 1–5 record, and lost to Australia in the playoff for ninth place. Their most noted moment was on the 7th day of the games, when they defeated the then reigning 2002 FIBA World Championship gold medalists, Serbia and Montenegro, by a score of 90–87.
2006 FIBA World Championship
At the 2006 FIBA World Championship, the Tall Blacks were not to repeat their fourth-place finish from 2002. After an 0–3 start, the Tall Blacks rallied into the second round, with two straight wins to close out the group stage. However, they would fall in the round of 16 to the defending Olympic gold medalists Argentina, 79–62. After that disappointment, Tab Baldwin resigned as the head coach of the Tall Blacks, and was replaced by Nenad Vučinić, his longtime assistant coach.
2011 Stanković Cup
The squad competed at the 2011 Boris Stanković Cup in China. They played 3 games against difficult opposition, China, Russia, and Angola. After going down to Russia in the first game by just 3 points, the Tall Blacks quickly put that behind them, to smash China in their second game, which led to a good win against a strong Angolan team. The Tall Blacks came up against a strong Russian team in the final, but the Russians were no match for Tall Blacks star shooting guard Kirk Penney, as he scored 30 points, to give the Tall Blacks the win and the gold medal for 2011.
- 1986 FIBA World Championship: 21st
- 2002 FIBA World Championship: 4th
- 2006 FIBA World Championship: 16th
- 2010 FIBA World Championship: 12th
- 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup: 15th
- 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup: 19th
- 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup: TBD
|2017||4th||2017 FIBA Asia Cup||Beirut, Lebanon|
|1971||2||FIBA Oceania Championship 1971|
|1975||2||FIBA Oceania Championship 1975|
|1978||2||FIBA Oceania Championship 1978|
|1979||2||FIBA Oceania Championship 1979|
|1981||2||FIBA Oceania Championship 1981|
|1983||2||FIBA Oceania Championship 1983|
|1985||2||FIBA Oceania Championship 1985|
|1987||2||FIBA Oceania Championship 1987|
|1989||2||FIBA Oceania Championship 1989|
|1991||2||FIBA Oceania Championship 1991|
|1993||2||FIBA Oceania Championship 1993|
|1995||2||FIBA Oceania Championship 1995|
|1997||2||FIBA Oceania Championship 1997|
|1999||1||FIBA Oceania Championship 1999|
|2001||1||FIBA Oceania Championship 2001|
|2003||2||FIBA Oceania Championship 2003|
|2005||2||FIBA Oceania Championship 2005|
|2007||2||FIBA Oceania Championship 2007|
|2009||1||FIBA Oceania Championship 2009|
|2011||2||FIBA Oceania Championship 2011|
|2013||2||FIBA Oceania Championship 2013|
|2015||2||FIBA Oceania Championship 2015|
- 2000 William Jones Cup: Champions
AusTiger International Basketball Tournament
- 2019 AusTiger International Basketball Tournament: Third Place
Roster for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
New Zealand national basketball team – 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup roster
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2|
|C||Steven Adams||Alex Pledger||Robert Loe|
|PF||Isaac Fotu||Tohi Smith-Milner|
|SF||Thomas Abercrombie||Finn Delany||Jordan Ngatai|
|SG||Corey Webster||Ethan Rusbatch|
|PG||Tai Webster||Shea Ili||Jarrod Kenny|
Probably the most well-known former New Zealand Tall Black player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) is former San Antonio Spurs forward Sean Marks. Another New Zealand player, former University of Wisconsin star Kirk Penney, briefly played in the NBA, and later played in the EuroLeague with Maccabi Tel Aviv and Žalgiris, after being released by the New Zealand Breakers. In past generations, players such as Stan Hill and Glen Denham, were well revered and respected players, who were the face of New Zealand basketball.
- Ed Book – National Basketball League and Tall Blacks legend
- Pero Cameron – 2002 FIBA World Championship All-Tournament Team, 2-time assistant coach (reappointed for his second stint in 2015, served as assistant to predecessor, Nenad Vucinic), named Head Coach in December, 2019.
- Glen Denham – Tall Blacks legend
- Mark Dickel – Tall Blacks star
- Paul Henare – Former New Zealand Breakers captain, head coach from 2015 to 2019
- Dillon Boucher – Former New Zealand Breakers player, General Manager of the New Zealand Breakers, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit
- Stan Hill – Tall Blacks legend
- Phill Jones – Former Cairns Taipans captain
- Sean Marks – Former National Basketball Association player
- Kirk Penney ��� Former National Basketball Association player
- Frank Mulvihill – Tall Blacks legend
- Paora Winitana – Tall Blacks star, changed the Haka in 2006, only player to not play on Sundays due to religious reasons. [Other than (at least) Byron Vaetoe and Tony Smith.]
1986 World Championship: finished 21st among 24 teams
2000 Olympic Games: finished 11th among 12 teams
2002 World Championship: finished 4th among 16 teams
2004 Olympic Games: finished 10th among 12 teams
2006 World Championship: finished 16th among 24 teams
2010 World Championship: finished 12th among 24 teams
Thomas Abercrombie, Benny Anthony, Craig Bradshaw, Pero Cameron, Michael Fitchett, Casey Frank, Phill Jones, Jeremy Kench, Kirk Penney, Alex Pledger, Lindsay Tait, Mika Vukona (Head Coach: Nenad Vučinić)
|New Zealand Tall Blacks – 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship roster|
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