The retiring of a jersey is the highest honour a club can bestow on a past player.
Darryl ‘The Iceman’ Pearce
Darryl ‘The Iceman’ Pearce was born in Adelaide and played 10 seasons with the club. He is regarded as one of the best ever 3-point shooters in NBL history. Pearce was part of the 1986 Championship team and averaged 19.3ppg, 3.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
Pearce played 258 NBL games for the Adelaide 36ers and was inducted Australian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.
Al ‘Mean Machine’ Green
Al ‘Mean Machine’ Green was born in the Bronx, New York and started his career in Australia with the West Adelaide Bearcats in 1981 before becoming part of the Adelaide 36ers in 1985 when the Bearcats merged with the Sixers. Green won the NBL’s Most Valuable Player in 1982 and was part of the 1986 ‘Invincibles’ Championship winning team. Green was inducted to the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame in 1999.
33 Mark Davis
Born and raised in Philadelphia, USA. Mark toughed it out to gain his individual status both on the court and in the playgrounds sharpening his basketball skills, he then headed off to College where the basketball competition grew stronger and opportunities and respect had to be gained.
Mark Davis came out to Australia in 1985 to play with the South Adelaide Panthers after playing in New Zealand and winning a Championship with ‘Dorados Chihuahua’ in Mexico.
Mark Davis brought a style of his own to Australia with his natural skill and flair, Adelaide quickly warmed to their new adopted son. Mark raised the profile of basketball not only in Adelaide but also throughout the NBL.
The Adelaide 36ers club MVP award is named the Mark Davis Trophy in his honour. Davis was the first winner of the award in 1985 and won the award nine times conclusively up to and including 1993. Davis is also the only ever 36ers player to have won the NBL’s MVP award.
5 Brett Maher
Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Maher was spotted playing for the Sturt Sabres in the Australian Basketball Association where his outstanding form saw him earn a contract with the Adelaide 36ers. He took up an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship between 1989-1991.
It turned out to be a great pickup for the 36ers as he would spend eighteen seasons with the club, thirteen as club captain. Including finals games, Maher played 526 games for the 36ers between 1992 and 2009, averaging 16.9 points, 4.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Brett Maher took over from Mark Davis as captain of the 36ers at the start of the 1997 NBL season, and from 1998 under the coaching of Adelaide and Australian basketball legend Phil Smyth, Maher played an integral role in three of the four Adelaide 36ers NBL championships (1998, 1998–99 and 2001-02) and has also been the 36ers club MVP on six occasions.
On 7 February 2009 in front of a sellout crowd in excess of 8,000, the main court of The Dome was renamed The Brett Maher Court in honor of Maher who was playing his last home game before retiring from the NBL at the end of the 2008-09 season.