Timmy Duggan Basketball Career

Place of Birth: 

Darwin, Northern Territory


Date of Birth: 

7th March 1977


Timmy D, Mack


Descendant of the Warrumungu, Nkinya and Wagiman Nations


Junior Career

He represented the NT from Under 14's through to Under 16's. At the 1992 National Under 16 National Basketball Championships, Timmy led the entire tournament in scoring, assists, steals, three points made and was top ten in rebounds. Also in 1992 he was the MVP of the Darwin Super League Mens Competition at the age of 15. He was then offered a scholarship to move to Sydney and represented New South Wales form 1993 - 1996 in the Under 18's and Under 20's. 


Early Life

Introduced to basketball through his father Don and uncle Frank,  Timmy fell in love with the game from both attending games at the Daly Street Basketball Courts in Darwin in the early 1980's That's when his father decided to put up four basketball hoops in the backyard of their housing commission property to alleviate boredom and social issues within the neighbourhood. These hoops were built from scratch and one was a netball hoop attached to a piece of wood. This would ultimately pay dividends as scientifically, the netball hoop is smaller in circumference to a regulation basketball hoop.  Timmy would often say when he would go and shoot at the local basketball stadium that it was so much easier due to the hoops being bigger than the ones he practiced on at home. His mother Lynette would often complain of windows being smashed and bouncing basketballs being pounded into the ground until well into the night.


Professional Basketball Career

Timmy played for the Gold Coast Rollers in 1996 and in doing so became the first person from the Northern Territory to play in the National Basketball League (NBL). At the time he was the only Indigenous Australian playing in the NBL. 


It was with the Cairns Marlins in the Continental Basketball Association that Timmy excelled and holds a unique distinction. In 126 games for the Cairns Marlins in a half decade period from 1997 - 2001, he started at the point guard position in every one of those games. During this period, the Cairns Marlins had a winning percentage unrivalled in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and Queensland Australian Basketball League (QABL) culminating in a National Championship in 1998 and 4 trips to the National Finals Series in 5 seasons.


Some highlights include:


1997 CBA North Conference Champions - Cairns Marlins

1997 CBA National Runners-UP - Cairns Marlins

1998 Pre-Season Tip Off Champions - Cairns Marlins

1998 CBA North Conference Champions - Cairns Marlins

1998 CBA National Champions - Cairns Marlins

1999 CBA North Conference Runners- Up - Cairns Marlins

1999 CBA National Semi Finalists - Cairns Marlins

2001 QABL North Conference Champions - Cairns Marlins



1997 CBA National Leader in 3 point% - Cairns Marlins

1998 CBA North Conference Grand Final MVP - Cairns Marlins

1998 CBA National Golden Hands Award Winner ( Assist+ Steals - Turnovers) Cairns Marlins

1998 Pre-Season All Tournament Team - Cairns Marlins

1999 Named in the CBA North Conference Team of the Year (Cairns Marlins)

2002 Named in the QABL North Conference Team of the Year (Kuiyam Pride)


Timmy was an inaugural member of the Cairns Taipans in the NBL in 1999. He then spent time in Mt Gambier in the South Eastern Australian Basketball League from 2004 - 2005. In 2014, he was named in the Mt Gambier Pioneers 25 year anniversary team. At the end of 1997 he also captained the Indigenous Australian Under 20 Team on a tour of Samoa and captained the Kuiyam Pride in their first two seasons in the QABL.


Community Work

Timmy is the founder of Hoops 4 Health Australia. Hoops 4 Health is a program that uses basketball as a vehicle to convey healthy lifestyle themes targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. Over 10 000 youths participated in The Hoops 4 Health Program from 2006 - 2012. He was also the Director of Coaching for Basketball Northern Territory from 2007 - 2011.


Awards/ Achievements

  • Founder of the Hoops 4 Health Program

  • First person from the NT to play in the National Basketball League (1996 Gold Coast Rollers and 1999 - 2001 Cairns Taipans)

  • Diploma in Youth in Development Work - RMIT University

  • Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training

  • Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership

  • 2011 NT Administrators Medal - Role Model of The Year for Outstanding Achievement in Basketball - NT Sports Awards

  • 2012 Top End NAIDOC Person of the Year

  • 2012 NAPCAN Play Your Part Award Winner:Outstanding Prevention Award for Child Protection Initiatives


Darwin NT, Australia