The Cairns Taipans is a professional basketball team that competes in the National Basketball League of Australia. The word ‘Taipans’ refers to a species of venomous snake that is found in Australia. Navy and White are the official colors of the team.
The debut season for the cairns was a disappointing one. The team finished at the last position with a 2 to 26 win loss record. In the second season the team underwent a large change. Guy Molloy headed the team and the Taipans improved to a 6-22 record.
The import forward Matt Garrison was replaced by Jayson Wells in the 2001-02 season. Due to this change there was a quick effect on the team as he averaged 22 ppg and 10 rpg which comprised of 40 points against Canberra which was a season high and 39 points against Wollongong which were the reigning NBL champions.
In the 2001-02 season the team had their first victories over Victoria, Adelaide, Wollongong and Townsville. In a match with Canberra the team recorded their highest winning margin. The performance of the club was a much improved one as they won nine games.
The following season the Taipans improved even more by wining 13 games and were seeded at the 8th position, promising that the club can make it to the playoffs in the neat future.
In the 2004-05 season as there was a reversal in the progress of Taipans Molloy was replaced by Alan Black as the coach. The Hunter Pirates and the Adelaide 36ers were defeated by the Taipans and the team reached the first ever semi final. Here the Sydney Kings who were the defending champions beat the Taipans in two consecutive games.
The Cairns play all their home games at the Cairns Convention Centre. It has a maximum capacity 5,300. In 2006-07 the form in the previous year was consolidated by the Taipans by a 17-16 record and the team occupied the sixth spot.
Appeared in the NBL Finals Championship in 2003/04, 2005/06 and 2006/07