Yesterday (28/10/2021) David Andersen announced his retirement from professional basketball.

Andersen started his basketball journey at the FDBA in the junior domestic competitions, and like many aspiring young athletes, played for the Frankston Blues, then known as the Bayside Blues.

At an incredibly young age, Andersen represented the club with the Senior Men, winning a conference championship in 1995, before moving to Canberra.

After his time at the Australian Institute of Sport (1996-1998), Andersen started playing professional basketball in the National Basketball League for the Wollongong Hawks in 1998.

He then moved into a long career including time in Europe (Italy, Russia, Spain, Turkey, France), the NBA (Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Hornets) and represented the Australian Boomers at World Championships and four olympics.

In April 2021 Andersen returned to the Frankston Blues Senior Men averaging 16.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, before returning to Melbourne United to win another championship.

FDBA Chief Executive Officer Wayne Holdsworth spoke about the club legend.

“David is an absolute ornament to the game, a true champion in every sense.”

“The legacy he has left is unmatched in basketball, we are so very proud to say David started at Frankston and still, today contributes in a massive way to his home town’

In an interview with the NBL, Andersen spoke about his retirement.

“It’s been a very long and illustrious journey and career”

“I’ve had a great time, many adventures in many parts of the world, enjoyed every step of the way and enjoyed all the relationships along the way.

“I’d love to thank my family, brothers, sisters, parents, wife and everyone that supported me along the years.”

“To all my friends that travelled around the world to watch me play certain games, and then obviously to the fans, that’s why we play the game.”

“It’s been a hell of a journey. I’ve enjoyed every moment of it.”

Andersen has recently taken on a part-time position with the National Basketball League as a new Player Liaison and Special Projects role.

Everyone at the FDBA wishes Dave all the best for his future, and hope to see him at Frankston Basketball, either back in a Blues uniform for NBL1 South 2022, or in the Monday and Sunday night Men’s domestic competitions

Andersen’s accomplishments: 

  • 2x NBL champion (2018, 2021)
  • 4x Olympian (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
  • 3x EuroLeague champion (2001, 2006, 2008)
  • 3x Italian League champion (2001, 2004, 2012)
  • 3x Italian Cup winner (2001, 2002, 2012)
  • Italian Supercup winner (2011)
  • Spanish League champion (2009)
  • 4x Russian League champion (2005-2008)
  • 3x Russian Cup winner (2005-2007)
  • Turkish Cup winner (2013)
  • French League champion (2016)
  • All-EuroLeague First Team (2005)
  • Italian League Finals MVP (2004)
  • Italian Cup MVP (2012)
  • Turkish Cup Final MVP (2013)
  • Albert Schweitzer Tournament MVP (1998)
  • 37th pick in 2002 NBA Draft by Atlanta Hawks