Shane Heal is an Australian basketball great with a brilliant career that including captaining Australia, playing in the NBL and also playing international in Greek, Italian and US basketball leagues.
When asked during an interview with Inside Sport the question of where he got his ‘Hammer’ nickname from, Shane Heal provided the following answer: “I got into a few scuffles when I was a bit younger and also enjoyed a bit of competitive boxing when I was growing up. I also played a lot of footy and, because of my attitude, I got into a bit of biff. All of a sudden they were calling me ‘Hammer’ and it stuck”
- 1998 NBL rookie of the year
- Represented Australia at 4 Olympic Games – 1992, 1996, 2000 & 2004.
- Captained Australia at the 2004 Olympics Games.
- Represented Australia at 3 World Championships – 1987 (Junior), 1994 & 1998
- More total points and assists than any other player in the world at the 1996, 2000 & 2004 Olympics.
- NBA – Minnesota Timberwolves 1996-97
- NBA – San Antonio Spurs 2003
- 3 years in powerful Greek League – All Star in 2 years.
- 15 seasons in NBL
- 8 years NBL All Star
- Captain of Sydney Kings first ever Championship.
- Youngest player to ever score 1000 points in NBL.
- Once scored 61 points in NBL game.
- Scored 8 – 3 point baskets against the USA Dream Team at the 1996 Olympics.