Mark Davis (basketball, born 1960) : biography
Mark Davis (born December 23, 1960 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a retired American born naturalised Australian basketball player who played from 1985 to 2001 with the National Basketball League's Adelaide 36ers, gaining the nickname of "The Chairman of the Boards" for his record breaking rebounding achievements, though to his friends and team mates he was always known as "Pudd".
Honors and Accolades
Mark Davis has been honored as one of only two players to have their number retired by the Adelaide 36ers. His #33 singlet hangs high at the 36ers home, the Adelaide Arena, alongside the #5 the clubs games record holder Brett Maher. Maher, like Davis, played his entire NBL career with the Adelaide 36ers.
The Adelaide 36ers club MVP award is named the Mark Davis Trophy in his honor. Davis was the first winner of the award in 1985 and won the award nine times conclusively up to and including 1993.
A Bronze bust of Davis sits in place at the Adelaide Arena underneath a plaque giving a bio of his achievements with the Adelaide 36ers
|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|
|NBL All-Star Game MVP:||1991|
|All-NBL First Team:||4 (1987, 1988, 1989, 1991)|
|NBL 20th Anniversary Team:||1998|
|NBL 25th Anniversary Team:||2003|
NBL career stats
|Rebounds:||5,200 (3,221 def, 1,979 off - 10.8 pg)|
|Points:||8,752 (18.2 pg)|
|Free Throws:||2037 / 2888 (70.5%)|
|Field Goals:||3235 / 6664 (48.5%)|
|3 Points:||245 / 791 (31.0%)|
|Steals:||481 (1.0 pg)|
|Assists:||818 (1.7 pg)|
|Blocked Shots:||301 (0.6 pg)|
Mark Davis still lives in Adelaide and during the summer school holidays he hosts an annual camp for kids at Immanuel College called the "Mark Davis Basketball Camp". Davis himself gives expert coaching with help from various past and present Adelaide 36ers including Al Green, Brett Maher and Willie Simmons, as well as players and coaches of Adelaide's Women's National Basketball League team the Adelaide Lightning and Australian Paralympian (and 1996 Paralimpic Gold Medallist) David Gould.
Mark Davis is currently the Head Basketball Coach at Adelaide’s Prince Alfred College.
Davis, a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, had short stints in New Zealand and with Dorados Chihuahua in Mexico (where he won a championship), and in New Zealand before coming to Adelaide, South Australia to play for the South Adelaide Panthers. He soon came to the attention of Adelaide 36ers NBL coach Ken Cole and was signed to the club before the start of the 1985 NBL season. Davis made an immediate impact, forming the leagues leading back-court combination with Moscow Olympian Peter Ali, and fellow import, 6'9" (206 cm) team captain and centre Bill Jones. The 36ers, including guards Al Green, Darryl Pearce and 1985 NBL Rookie of the Year Mike McKay, made its first Grand Final appearance that season against the Brisbane Bullets. After a record 151-103 Semi-final win over Newcastle, Adelaide were the favourite heading into the game at the Sleeman Sports Centre in Brisbane, but the team suffered a shock 90-125 loss.
By the start of the 1986 NBL season the 6'7" (201 cm) scoring and rebounding sensation was already regarded as the premier Power forward in the country, and with a team leading 25.3 points and 16.1 rebounds per game, led the 36ers to their second straight Grand Final in 1986 on a back of a 24-2 record (including going 13-0 at the Apollo Stadium). Davis would lead the 36ers to the championship in 3 games over the Bullets in the NBL's inaugural Grand Final series (from 1979-1985 all GF's were a single game), winning the Grand Final MVP award in the process.
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