David Andersen

Illawarra Hawks DOB: 23 Jun 1980 Height: 212cm Position: Forward/Centre Number: 13





Hometown: Melbourne, Victoria

Junior Association: Frankston (VIC)

Current Club: Illawarra Hawks (NBL)

                                         International Debut: 1998


Arguably the most successful Australian to play in Europe, Andersen – like so many of his generation – honed his skills at the AIS, graduating to the Wollongong Hawks in 1998.

After just one season in the NBL the European clubs came knocking, with Andersen joining Italian giant Bologna.

It was a successful period for Andersen, winning his first Euroleague title and Italian Championship in 2001 before claiming a second Italian crown and Finals MVP in 2004 with Montepaschi Siena.

This led the way to Olympic opportunities, with Andersen earning a spot on the Australian Boomers roster for the 2004 Athens Games. This form for club and country led to a move to Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow, which would prove the most fruitful time in Andersen’s career.

At CSKA, the 212cm star won two Euroleague titles to go with four consecutive Russian Championships, leading to Andersen making the Boomers squad for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

After a short stay in Spain it was the NBA that came calling for Andersen in 2009, with the Houston Rockets snapping the Australian forward/centre some seven years after he was drafted at selection 37 of the 2002 NBA Draft.

After a solid debut season with the Rockets Andersen found himself on the move to the Toronto Raptors before another trade, this time to the New Orleans Hornets. Three teams and 103 games later, Andersen walked away from the NBA and returned to Montepaschi Siena.

This resulted in another Italian title, providing the perfect lead into the 2012 London Olympic Games. Andersen starred on the London stage, starting all six Boomers games averaging 12 points and 6 rebounds per game.

Coming off his best performance at the Olympics, Andersen played an integral role for Turkish giants Fenerbahce, producing an MVP performance in the Turkish Cup Final victory. This inspired a return to national team colours to help the Boomers secure the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships.

Remaining in Europe, Anderson made the move to France in 2015, playing for Asvel Lyon–Villeurbanne after his short time with SIG Basket Strasbourg. Andersen's veteran leadership was crucial in the 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship, where his average of 8 points and 4 rebounds helped guide to the Boomers to victory against New Zealand.

After four gold medal in the Oceania Championship, Andersen has made his first Olympic team at age 36 and following the campaign in Rio, will join Melbourne United for the 2016/17 NBL season.

In 2018, Andersen and Melbourne United won the NBL Championship as they defeated the Adelaide 36ers 3-2 in a best of five series, in doing so Andersen became the oldest played in NBL history to win his first championship.

In June 2018, Andersen signed with the Illawarra Hawks for the upcoming season, returning to the club after last playing for the Hawks in 1999.

Previous Clubs:

1996-1998 – AIS
1998-99 – Wollongong Hawks (NBL)
1999-2003 – Bologna (Italy)
2003-04 – Montepaschi Siena (Italy)
2004-2008 – CSKA Moscow (Russia)
2008-09 – FC Barcelona Regal (Spain)
2009-2010 – Houston Rockets (NBA)
2010 – Toronto Raptors (NBA)
2010-2011 – New Orleans Hornets (NBA)
2011-12 – Montepaschi Siena (Italy)
2012-13 – Fenerbahce (Turkey)
2014-2014 - SIG Basket Strasbourg (France)
2014-2016 - Asvel Lyon–Villeurbanne (France)
2016-2018 - Melbourne United (NBL)
2017 - Asvel Lyon-Villeurbanne (France)
2018-current - Illawarra Hawks (NBL)

Major Awards:

FIBA Oceania Championship: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2015
Olympic Games: 2004, 2008, 2012
FIBA World Championship: 2010
Euroleague Champion: 2001, 2006, 2008
NBL Champion: 2018
Italian A1 Champion: 2001, 2004, 2012
Russian Superleague Champion: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Spanish ACB Champion: 2009
Italian A1 Finals MVP: 2004
Italian A1 Cup MVP: 2012
Turkish Cup MVP: 2013
Australian Junior International Player of the Year: 1998