Mark Bradtke

Mark Bradtke

Year of induction

After 5 seasons with the Adelaide 36ers, where he was named NBL Most Improved Player in 1989, Mark made the move to join the Melbourne Tigers in 1993 and proved to be the much needed piece of the puzzle to take the Tigers from runners up in 1992 to claim their first NBL Championship.

While at the Tigers he built on his reputation as the premier big man in Australian Basketball. This reputation was enhanced with another championship win in 1997 and a well deserved NBL MVP Award in 2001 / 02.

He was named to the 1988 Olympic Team thereby becoming the youngest player to represent Australia in basketball at an Olympic Games. 1988 would be the start of a run where Mark attended four Olympic Games and two World Championships.

In 1996 / 97 Mark had a stint at the 76ers in the NBA to go along with his two other international clubs, Juver Murcia and Olympiacos.

Mark’s career at the Tigers finished with him playing 375 NBL games (4th). He heads the club in rebounds (3254) and blocks (519).

Coaching is something Mark has turned to with an assistant coach role in the Tigers first season back in SEABL in 2016 and a role as a coach of a Tiger Junior team.

In the world of Mark Bradtke domination looks like 3 NBL Championships, 10 All NBL First Team Awards, 8 NBL Leading Rebound Titles, 1 NBL MVP Award, being named to the NBL’s 20th & 25th Anniversary teams and being the NBL All Time Leading Rebounder.

Tonight’s induction to the Melbourne Tigers Hall of Fame goes along with Mark’s induction into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame. Congratulation on a dominant career Mark.

Career NBL Stats

Games:554 (Adl 118, Melb 377, Bris 59)
Rebounds:6,283 (4,279 def, 2,004 off – 1st All-time – 11.3pg)
Points:9,621 (17.3pg)
Free Throws:1,665 / 2,508 (66.4%)
Field Goals:3,959 / 7,419 (53.4%)
3 Points:38 / 148 (25.7%)
Blocked Shots:763 (3rd All-time, 1.3pg)